I just noticed Cold Greek Manor got really bad ratings at some pages, but I really can't see why. It's been one story I was curious to watch in one piece again. The storyline sure didn't include many surprises, but I just thought the tension was built perfectly. One thing that I just don't understand is that in the end the family kept on living in the house. How could they after all the things that have happened in that house? I know I couldn't. Also in other parts some logic is missing. That whole moving out of the city after a car accident and then moving to a manor. Couldn't they just move into a suburb for a change first? And did they at least still go to school nearby that manor? No idea. Very constructed. But what I felt a little sorry about was that the movie started with the view on NYC and they focused on the Empire State Building. It's striking when you remember how they always focused on the World Trade Center in movies before. In movie history you can see a break between pre-911 and post-911 whenever you watch a movie that was done in NYC.
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SYNOPSIS from Rotten Tomatoes
After a succession of films boldly exploring the possibilities of digital video (TIMECODE, HOTEL), Mike Figgis returns to more traditional narrative terrain with this atmospheric thriller. Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone star as Cooper and Leah Tilson, a New York City couple who decide to move to the country in order to provide their children with a safer life (Kristen Stewart and Ryan Wilson). But they get more than they bargained for when they purchase Cold Creek Manor, a gigantic, crumbling house that has a murky, dangerous past. That past shows up at their front door one day in the form of Dale Massie (Stephen Dorff), an ex-convict who lost the house while incarcerated. At first, Dale's presence is a comfort to the Tilsons, but Cooper begins to sense that something is amiss after studying home videos and photographs that were left behind. Sure enough, his attempts to keep Dale off his property only anger the bitter psychopath, triggering a relentless assault that endangers the lives of the entire Tilson family. Figgis' taut thriller features solid lead performances by Quaid and Stone, as well as standout supporting turns from Dorff, Juliette Lewis, and Christopher Plummer.