COLD CREEK MANOR

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Release Date: September 19, 2003

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone, Stephen Dorff, Juliette Lewis, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Wilson, Dana Eskelson, and Christopher Plummer

Genre: Suspense Thriller

Audience: Older teenagers and
adults REVIEWER: Lisa A.
Rice In COLD CREEK MANOR,
Cooper Tilson (Dennis Quaid)
and his wife, Leah (Sharon
Stone), are determined to get
themselves and their children
out of New York City after
their boy gets hit by a car
and every kind of stress
begins bearing down on their
lives. They pack up their
possessions and move into a
mansion in foreclosure in the
boonies of upper New York
State. Once grand and elegant,
the Cold Creek Manor is now in
shambles, but Cooper and Leah
have plenty of ideas and time
for renovations. Things go
along fine for awhile until a
series of terrifying incidents
at the house lead the Tilsons
to wonder who used to live in
their new home. Cooper begins
a detailed, historical
analysis of the house's
history - based on maps,
photos, and videotapes he
finds in the attic, as well as
an interview with an old man
(played creepily by
Christopher Plummer) in a
nursing home. Cooper soon
realizes that Cold Creek Manor
holds many secrets, and some
people desperately want them
to remain secret. One day a
strange man shows up in the
Tilson's home, imposing
himself upon them for dinner,
and finally confesses that he
is Dale Massie,(played by
Stephen Dorff) the former
owner. He asks Cooper for a
job repairing the pool, and
Cooper reluctantly hires him.
Meanwhile, the Tilson children
have found a strange, iron
trap door in the woods, with
the word "evil" engraved on
it. They also find a child's
diary, with dark poetry about
"the devil's throat." To make
matters worse, the family
wakes up one morning to find
poisonous snakes in every room
of the house! Not only is
Dale mysteriously on the scene
right after each scare,
painting himself as the big
hero, he also hits on Leah
whenever Cooper's absent.
Finally, Cooper fires Dale,
and things get much scarier,
not better. The family's
survival depends on whether
they can figure out the
mansion's mysteries and the
real story behind the
generations of strange and
scary Massie members. COLD
CREEK MANOR is reminiscent of
an old '80's movie, JAGGED
EDGE. With a piano score that
sounds like a John Grisham
movie, the story is largely
suspense over substance. The
filmmakers were masterful,
however, the knuckles do stay
white throughout the movie.
Dennis Quaid is excellent as
Cooper, but Stephen Dorff, as
Dale Massie, truly steals the
show as a creepy, angry former
homeowner. There is a fun
minor part played by
Christopher Plummer, as well.
The action, suspense and
violence were such that many
adults in the screening
audience turned their heads
away many times - especially
during the scenes with snakes.
As to content, the story is
very telling about children
who go crazy with anger and
emptiness after being fathered
by evil fathers. Though
MovieguideĀ® has written much
about Hollywood's portrayal of
fathers in recent years, the
dads in this movie and in THE
HULK seem to have reached a
new low of terrifying hatred
of their children. The father
of the villain in COLD CREEK
MANOR screams, "You are the
corrupt spawn of your whoring
mother! You couldn't even make
babies or keep a wife! You're
useless! Not even a man! You
couldn't kill a farm animal,
but you killed them, didn't
you?" Not quite words from a
guy who's ever attended
Promise Keepers, huh? Not
quite the portrayal of God's
promise in Joel to "restore
the hearts of the fathers to
the children!" On another
front, the family in the movie
is desperately trying to stay
together. Though the wife has
been propositioned about
having an affair, she turns it
down and confesses her
weakness to her husband. Even
the rebellious teenage girl
relents and learns to pull her
weight in unifying the family.
For those who enjoy reading
deeply into movies, there are
some interesting underlying
spiritual parallels the movie
portrays about the authority
of the husband and father to
kick the "strong man" out of
his home. Regrettably, though,
families and moral audiences
will likely avoid this movie
because the filmmakers load it
with obscenities, sex, nudity,
and excessive violence.
Certainly the movie is too
scary for children and
pre-teenagers, and with so
many other good choices at the
box office, most teenagers and
adults will likely choose
alternate fare. Please address
your comments to: Michael
Eisner, Chairman/CEO Buena
Vista Distribution Co. 500
South Buena Vista
Street Burbank, CA
91521 Phone: (818)
560-1000 Website:
www.disney.com

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 115 minutes

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Content:

(H, B, LLL, VVV, SS, NN, A, D, M) Humanist worldview with protagonists solving stress issues through avoidance and escapism, and some moral elements with family genuinely trying to stay together despite outside assaults; strong language with 18 lighter obscenities, 19 strong obscenities, and 21 profanities; strong violence with allusion to murder, attempted murder, attack of police officer (not shown; only bloody aftermath), fist fights, scary chases with axe-type objects, lots of scary scenes involving snakes; veiled sex shown as silhouette through window blinds; upper female nudity portrayed in photographs; alcohol portrayed in bar several times; smoking portrayed; and, miscellaneous immorality includes disrespectfulness to parents.

GENRE: Suspense Thriller

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Summary:

In COLD CREEK MANOR, a family thinks they're getting away from New York City and entering a quiet haven in their new mansion in the boonies, but when the creepy former homeowner shows up and strange things start happening, the family must quickly figure out some long-kept secrets. With suspenseful music scoring and terrific acting, COLD CREEK MANOR is marred by excessive language and violence.

Review:

In COLD CREEK MANOR, Cooper Tilson (Dennis Quaid) and his wife, Leah (Sharon Stone), are determined to get themselves and their children out of New York City after their boy gets hit by a car and every kind of stress begins bearing down on their lives. They pack up their possessions and move into a mansion in foreclosure in the boonies of upper New York State. Once grand and elegant, the Cold Creek Manor is now in shambles, but Cooper and Leah have plenty of ideas and time for renovations.

Things go along fine for awhile until a series of terrifying incidents at the house lead the Tilsons to wonder who used to live in their new home. Cooper begins a detailed, historical analysis of the house's history - based on maps, photos, and videotapes he finds in the attic, as well as an interview with an old man (played creepily by Christopher Plummer) in a nursing home. Cooper soon realizes that Cold Creek Manor holds many secrets, and some people desperately want them to remain secret.

One day a strange man shows up in the Tilson's home, imposing himself upon them for dinner, and finally confesses that he is Dale Massie,(played by Stephen Dorff) the former owner. He asks Cooper for a job repairing the pool, and Cooper reluctantly hires him. Meanwhile, the Tilson children have found a strange, iron trap door in the woods, with the word "evil" engraved on it. They also find a child's diary, with dark poetry about "the devil's throat." To make matters worse, the family wakes up one morning to find poisonous snakes in every room of the house!

Not only is Dale mysteriously on the scene right after each scare, painting himself as the big hero, he also hits on Leah whenever Cooper's absent. Finally, Cooper fires Dale, and things get much scarier, not better. The family's survival depends on whether they can figure out the mansion's mysteries and the real story behind the generations of strange and scary Massie members.

COLD CREEK MANOR is reminiscent of an old '80's movie, JAGGED EDGE. With a piano score that sounds like a John Grisham movie, the story is largely suspense over substance. The filmmakers were masterful, however, the knuckles do stay white throughout the movie. Dennis Quaid is excellent as Cooper, but Stephen Dorff, as Dale Massie, truly steals the show as a creepy, angry former homeowner. There is a fun minor part played by Christopher Plummer, as well. The action, suspense and violence were such that many adults in the screening audience turned their heads away many times - especially during the scenes with snakes.

As to content, the story is very telling about children who go crazy with anger and emptiness after being fathered by evil fathers. Though MovieguideĀ® has written much about Hollywood's portrayal of fathers in recent years, the dads in this movie and in THE HULK seem to have reached a new low of terrifying hatred of their children. The father of the villain in COLD CREEK MANOR screams, "You are the corrupt spawn of your whoring mother! You couldn't even make babies or keep a wife! You're useless! Not even a man! You couldn't kill a farm animal, but you killed them, didn't you?" Not quite words from a guy who's ever attended Promise Keepers, huh? Not quite the portrayal of God's promise in Joel to "restore the hearts of the fathers to the children!"

On another front, the family in the movie is desperately trying to stay together. Though the wife has been propositioned about having an affair, she turns it down and confesses her weakness to her husband. Even the rebellious teenage girl relents and learns to pull her weight in unifying the family. For those who enjoy reading deeply into movies, there are some interesting underlying spiritual parallels the movie portrays about the authority of the husband and father to kick the "strong man" out of his home.

Regrettably, though, families and moral audiences will likely avoid this movie because the filmmakers load it with obscenities, sex, nudity, and excessive violence. Certainly the movie is too scary for children and pre-teenagers, and with so many other good choices at the box office, most teenagers and adults will likely choose alternate fare.

Please address your comments to:

Michael Eisner, Chairman/CEO

Buena Vista Distribution Co.

500 South Buena Vista Street

Burbank, CA 91521

Phone: (818) 560-1000

Website: www.disney.com

SUMMARY: In COLD CREEK MANOR, a family thinks they're getting away from New York City and entering a quiet haven in their new mansion in the boonies, but when the creepy former homeowner shows up and strange things start happening, the family must quickly figure out some long-kept secrets. With suspenseful music scoring and terrific acting, COLD CREEK MANOR is marred by excessive language and violence.

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