PG-13 | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A woman who lives in her darkened old family house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that the home is haunted.
Though not an adaptation of Henry James's novella "The Turn of the Screw," this film borrows from the famous ghost story's themes, and its title seems to be a reference to the novella's referencing of the servant-apparitions as "the others."
Now children, are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin... This story started many thousands of years ago, and it was all over in just 7 days. All that long long time ago, none of the things we can see now, the sun, the moon, the stars, the earth...
When Mrs. Mills gives Grace a few pills to calm her, they are in a plastic medicine bottle. Prescription and non-prescription pills weren't dispensed in plastic bottles until the mid 1960's.
Before the opening credits or music begin, we hear Grace's voice over a black screen; she says (in the manner of a mother about to tell a bedtime story), "Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin."
Theatrical releases included a longer credit sequence with sketches of Nicole Kidman in the attic and the servants, SFX differences, and some lines of dialogue that were deleted from all subsequent home media releases and TV airings (most notably to make certain plot revelations less obvious).
$14,089,952 12 August 2001