The film is also prone to sudden movements to scare the bejeseus out of viewers.
Michael and Maria (Jeremy Sisto and Sarah Wayne Callies) have been in India for six years, but tragedy has befallen them as one of their two young kids, Oliver, died in a crash.
Although antiques dealer Michael doesn't blame her for the crash (she was in the car with the two kids when it happened), Maria is saddled with guilt and things are not smooth at home.
Their saree-dressed Indian maid Piki (Suchitra Pillai), who herself lost her daughter, tells Maria about this salve for broken hearts: she should go to this abandoned temple and scatter the ashes of her son on the temple steps, but she should never open the door despite the pleas of the dead.
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It's only when she returns home that the problems happen.
Firstly, which husband would close one eye to his wife disappearing for a few days and not informing him about her whereabouts? Also, how could she so easily brush aside his protestations when she gets back?
Funny things now happen in the house, such as fish in the pond dying and plants in the huge garden ossifying.
It gets even weirder when Maria asks her daughter not to tell Michael about Oliver's deadly presence. Again, which wife would hide information like this from her husband?
Maria learns never to mess with the dead, and that the child she loved may be a murderous demon. For a mum, that's the biggest horror.
1 out of five stars