A stirring tale of haunting beauty, a pure visionary supernatural thrill. A voice from the Stone is a powerful tale of love and loss, grief, and acceptance. Set in Tuscany in the 1950’s, Voice from the Stone is very much a chimera of ‘The Others’ meets Daphne Du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’. The film is raw and powerful focusing on the loyalty of friendship and not giving up on someone in their time of need.
If you enjoy atmospheric drama/mystery then you will no doubt be enamored by this. It is not a horror but a classic tale of the supernatural venturing into the mind of madness itself. I won’t deny that it is very slow to start with and if it’s action, blood, and guts that you’re after then veer away now because you won’t find that here. In its place, however, there is a tragedy in beauty and a heartfelt love that cannot be surpassed.
What drew me to this film was the simplicity of the plot. It was beautifully done and I just could not help falling in love with it. Based on the Novel by the same name written by Silvio Raffo, Voice from the Stone is a beguiling piece of cinema. Featuring the lead performance portrayed by Emilia Clarke.
Am I the only one who thinks supernatural classics are a dying breed? As a horror fan, I have come across more and more blood splatter and gore and not near enough of the simple ghost stories that we were once familiar with. It’s sad really. At least in my opinion. Of course, I love everything bloody, gross and stomach-churning but I also appreciate the classic tales and I often rarely find one that satisfies my cravings. I found the vibe of the film to hold very true to Jack Clayton’s 1961 film The Innocents also known as The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James, another psychological, classic haunting tale.
The film centers around Verena (Emilia Clarke), a young nurse who comes to Tuscany in hopes of curing a mute boy after he fell into silence after the death of his mother. What Verena is not aware of is that there is more than meets the eye to this little boy and his story runs a little deeper than usual. Young, patient and always willing to oblige Verena accepts the challenging task of treating young Jacob in hopes that he can be cured. One night Verena witnesses something strange. Secrets are whispered in dark corners. Echoes of memories past entwine with the red flower vines bleeding atop the fortress walls. From there on the film takes an evocative turn.
Not only is the film itself visually stunning but the soundtrack features one of my favorite female musicians Amy Lee of Evanescence with her solo song Speak To Me. I first discovered the song which soon led me to the film.
The overall pace was good, a trait that I find more prominent in classic ghost films. I find this being down to the genre needing to build atmosphere, a quality most important. There was nothing really jump scary, there were no shocking moments but then you don’t always need these things to unsettle the viewer. So fiends do we really need the typical jump scares to make a good horror film? Absolutely not! I grew up loving classic ghost-tales that had the ability to unsettle and unnerve the audience. I feel that these types of films are losing credibility as a genre. I hope we get to see more supernatural tales like this in 2018.