‘The Awakening’ Trailer: Rebecca Hall Doesn’t Believe in Ghosts, But She Does Believe in Sexy…

‘The Awakening’ Trailer: Rebecca Hall Doesn’t Believe in Ghosts, But She Does Believe in Sexy Dominic West

You’d think that ghost-disproving would be a far easier career than, oh, ghost-hunting, but you’d be wrong on that account. At least that’s what The Awakening looks to teach us. Set in the early twentieth century, the film sees Rebecca Hall as a career debunker ‐ author of the book “Seeing Through Ghosts,” Hall’s Florence Cathcart has dedicated her life and work to sticking pins into all sorts of supernatural claims. Think you’ve got a ghost running around your chateau? Call up Florence. Need a seance on the quick? Florence.

So it’s only natural that teacher Robert Malloy (Dominic West) calls for Florence’s services when the all-boys school he teaches at appears to be host to the ghost of a dead student. Will Florence put the kibosh on a hoax? Will she find something beyond comprehension? Will she get it on with Malloy? Will it all play out under a grimy, creepy gray cast? I’ll leave those answers to you with the film’s latest trailer:

The basic plot of The Awakening isn’t anything new ‐ movie-goers are probably in for something similar with Red Lights, another tale about hard-core nonbelievers who set out to disprove questionable occurrences and get more than they bargained for ‐ but the film does boast underrated talents in both Hall and West, so perhaps we’re in for some solid scares and even better acting with this one.

The Awakening opens on August 17th. [Apple, via /Film]