The Canal

Thriller / Mistery


Film archivist David (Rupert Evans) has been having a rough time lately, as he suspects that his wife Alice (Hannah Hoekstra) has been cheating on him with Alex (Carl Shaaban), one of her work clients. This stress is compounded when David's work partner Claire (Antonia Campbell-Hughes) gives him a reel of to-be-archived footage that shows that his house was the setting for a brutal murder in 1902.

Directed by: Ivan Kavanagh
Stars: Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Rupert Evans, Steve Oram
Country: Ireland
Language: English
Runtime: 92 min.

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What makes The Canal so captivating is less the familiar story than David's intensifying nightmarish mindscape ...
Electric Sheep | Virginie Sélavy

That hole in the wall becomes a hole in the film, and creates a gaping hole in the narrative which... casts everything, including meaning, in deep, dark shadow where the viewer's imagination is left to play hide and seek.
Anton Bitel | Grolsch Film Works

It's surprisingly dark and scary. It relies heavily on the atmosphere to create suspense, and the constant bizarre imagery and tremendous sound design help deliver in spades.
Brad Miska | Bloody Disgusting