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‘Abandoned’ Film Review: Listless Haunted-House Thriller Sighs When It Should Shriek

‘Abandoned’ Film Review: Listless Haunted-House Thriller Sighs When It Should Shriek

A listless thriller that can’t find its footing, “Abandoned” does occasionally rouse itself enough to suggest a better movie that never comes to pass.

Emma Roberts and John Gallagher Jr. are the new parents thinking about a move to the country, if only their real estate agent Cindy can talk them into it. Veterinarian Alex (Gallagher) is fully on board, especially when they see an old farmhouse that deserves its own feature in The New York Times’ Real Estate section.

A worried and solemn Sara (Roberts), though, seems more hesitant. She notices that this gorgeous house and its beautiful property (the movie was shot in North Carolina) have been on the market at a very low price for a while. You’d think she’d back out pretty fast when Cindy confesses the reason: 40 years ago, it was the site of a double homicide, and a lot more besides.

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