Halloween is my favorite holiday, hands down. (It has been, ever since I was a small child.) I just love the feeling of possibility and magic, during this time of year.
When I’m in the mood to watch a film to enhance the “spirit” of this season (and, yes, I just went there), one of my first choices is The Others. Set in 1945, Nicole Kidman stars as Grace, a devoutly religious mother of two ailing children who has moved with her family to a mansion on the English coast while awaiting her husband’s return from World War II, though he has been declared missing. Their children, Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley), both suffer from a rare photosensitivity disease that renders them extremely vulnerable to sunlight, prompting Grace’s rule of having only one door open in the house at a time. When Anne begins claiming to see ghosts, Grace at first believes her newly arrived family of eccentric servants to be responsible, but chilling events and visions soon lead her to believe that something supernatural is indeed going on.
If you’ve never seen this movie before, I don’t want to spoil anything for you. All I’ll say is that it makes me want to visit the English countryside; or, curl up in a comfy chair with a thrilling book and soft lighting.
That is, aside from putting me in the mood for a ghost-hunt…
- Medium Etched White and Gold Night Light Hurricane Lamp, Lamps Plus
- Churchill Leather Chair with Nailheads, Restoration Hardware
- Leather Monira Ankle Boots, Ralph Lauren Collection
- Silk Pleated Dress, Jil Sander Navy
- The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle
- Skyscape A-Line Wool Coat, Nanette Lepore