Spirit Trap (2005)

Spirit Trap
Director: David Smith
Writer: Phil O’Shea, Rohan Candappa, Paul Finch
Cast: Billie Piper, Luke Mably, Sam Troughton, Emma Catherwood, Alsou, Chiké Okonkwo
Seen on: 23.12.2020

Content Note: racism, lynching

Jenny (Billie Piper) is excited to start university. Through student housing she was allocated a flat share in what turns out to be quite a mansion. Sharing with her are fellow first semester students Tom (Luke Mably), Tina (Alsou) and the couple Nick (Sam Troughton) and Adele (Emma Catherwood). The mansion is rather unusual and it also houses a spirit clock. When Tom gets it to work again, strange things start happening in the house and to the students.

Well. Spirit Trap is certainly a film. It has Billie Piper in it and it exists. And other than that, I really don’t have much to say about it, but I will anyway because that’s what I’m doing on here.

The film poster showing a skull superimposed over clockwork and the five main characters.
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Mansfield Park (1999 and 2007)

After I finished reading Mansfield Park (review), I decided that I have to watch the two movies that were made. There’s the 1999 version with Frances O’Connor and Jonny Lee Miller and the 2007 version with Billie Piper and Blake Ritson. [There’s also a 1983 version, but I couldn’t find it].

[Oh my Goodness, I just discovered that they’re making a new Emma, and for meta’s sake! With Jonny Lee Miller and Blake Ritson!]

Fanny Price lives with her aunt and uncle, the Bertrams, and their children, Thomas, Edmund, Maria and Julia. During all of her childhood with them, she has heard by the well-meaning but rather insensitive people around her that she’s not much worth and that she’s forever obliged to them. Only Edmund has ever shown her any real kindness. Thus she grows up a shy young woman with very strong principles and very much in love with Edmund, who doesn’t suspect a thing.
When the siblings Henry and Mary Crawford move into the neighbourhood, things get shaken up quite a bit.

Both movies were okay, but neither were great. I did like the relationship between Fanny and Edmund in the 1999 version a little better (I’m sorry, Doctor, I’m really sorry!), but overall I liked the 2007 version better. But I don’t think there’s much lost if you watch neither.



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