What’s truly haunting about Ivan Kavanagh’s film is that it puts you inside the head of a man who’s life is slowly descending into a nightmare that he can’t wake up from. It’s because of this approach that allows the film to sneak up on you with its calculated and nightmarish spin on the haunted house genre. The Canal centers on a film archivist, David, who’s life is being consumed by stress when he suspects his wife is cheating on him. What’s worse is that while watching a reel of to-be-archived footage, David discovers that his house was the setting for a brutal murder in 1902. The stress of his wife and now the new footage only further drags David into a dark place as things start to unravel in terrifying fashion.
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