While Europe has long been a great place to look for well-made horror films, the Netherlands has never been a country that made much of a mark in horror, excepting of course the work of Dick Maas. That said, writer/director Elbert von Strien looks to change that distinction with his film Two Eyes Staring, a fantastic modern ghost story that still manages to feel a little gothic. Nine-year-old Lisa (Isabelle Stokkel) is a pretty quiet girl, content to keep to herself. Her detachment from the world is mirrored in her detachment from her mother, Christine (Hadewych Minis), a woman who looks at Lisa as if she’s someone else. While not exactly cold, Christine is somehow guarded around Lisa, a fact that hasn’t escaped the little girl’s attention. Luckily Lisa has a good relationship with her father, Paul (Barry Atsma). When Christine’s mother passes away and leaves her home to her daughter despite their estrangement, the family decides to pick up and move from Holland to Belgium. Christine’s childhood home is a big, old house hiding plenty of secrets, and when Lisa starts interacting with a ghost in the house, her mother’s mysterious past is slowly revealed.