Synopsis: The close-knit community of Brackenmore is harboring a secret. After the untimely death of an uncle she never knew she had, Kate (Sophie Hopkins) is forced to return to her ancestral home, a tiny rural village in the South of Ireland. Soon after her arrival she meets Tom (D.J. McGrath), a mysterious young local who helps her to rediscover her long-neglected roots and forget about the anxieties of her life in London. The longer Kate stays in Brackenmore, the more she begins to realize that the eccentricities of its self-protective residents, suspicious of any newcomers, may be more ominous than she first thought. A story of festering family history and enigmatic traditions, Brackenmore is a suspenseful thriller that weaves together the exploration of occult ritual with complex human relationships.
72 min


[suspenseful music]

So how are you feeling?

Good, just tired.

Yeah, tell me about it.

Is she all right now?

She's asleep, thank gosh.


God, she's been

such a nightmare.

She doesn't want to leave.

[chuckles] I got that!

Jesus, I thought

she was going to stab me!

I've never seen her temper

get that bad before.

I thought it was pretty unusual,

even by her standards.

Well, I'm just glad

she's asleep now.


I couldn't handle her being

any more

of a little b*tch.

- Uh, John...

- Well, you know I'm right.

- That's not the point.

- All right. Fine.

- [screaming]

- Christ!

What the hell

happened to her now?

She can't be awake.

Caroline, come on!

All right, John.

- [yelling] Hey!

- Okay, darling, wake up.

[screams] No, no!

Kate, will you wake up


[horn blows]


- [suspenseful music]

- [hissing]

[heavy breathing]

[door opens]

I heard shouting.

Is um...

is everything all right?

Yeah. I'm just, um...

Do you want anything?


Do you remember

what it was about?

Not clearly.

Did it have to do

with the house?

Your uncle's house, I mean,

not ours.

Ever since the letter, you know,

you've been agitated.

So, I... um... look,

if you want to go,

I mean, I can come with you.

It might help to

clear things up a bit.

Hey, I'm still really tired.

Can... can we just talk

in a bit?


Sorry for waking you.

[door closes]





Hu... Hi.

Um, I'm looking for a room.

We don't use this door

for guests.

Sorry, I... I don't have

a reservation.

I just saw the sign

on the main road.

Well, I suppose

I better show you around.

Just through here.

Thank you.

It's not huge,

but it's comfortable.

Well, I'll leave you

to get settled.

I was going to do meat stew

later, if you'd like.

- Thanks.

- Perhaps about 8.

- Okay.

- I'll come and get you.

The bathroom's

just through there.

You may have to leave

the water run a bit.

Not sure when it was

last used, but...


[answering machine beeps]

Steven, hi. It's me.

Um, I guess you're out.

Listen. [sighs]

I'm so sorry

for just leaving

without saying anything.

And just going so abruptly.

You were right though.

That was a good idea.

I needed to get away

from the city and...

from everything.

I'll, um...

I'll be in touch...

in a few days.

I'll speak soon, okay?

I'm really sorry.



[metallic clanging]

Thank you.

Are you saying grace?

Of sorts.

So, my wife tells me

you're from London.

[clears throat]

Hmmm. Sorry.

Yes, I am.

And what brings you

to our neck of the woods?

I have some family matters

I need to see to, so...


My Uncle Liam, he passed away

not too long ago.

So apparently, some things

have fallen to me.

Your uncle?


My family passed away

when I was younger.

That's unfortunate.

I didn't even know

I had an uncle. [chuckles]

So how do you like it?

The stew?

Is that a local recipe?

It is.

In some form or another.

- Hmmm.

- Will you be staying for long?

Um, I don't know.


I'm going to try and see

the estate person tomorrow.

And, you know,

I should...

I should know after that.

- Is that okay?

- Uh-hm.

It shouldn't be too long.

No more than a few days.

[phone rings]



Yeah. Uh, yeah, yeah,

I stopped by yesterday.


Yeah, yeah.

Tomorrow is good.


All right.

Thank you.

See you then.



[door opens]

Miss Reynolds,

we meet at last.

- Well then.

- I'm here to sort out my...

Your uncle's estate.

That's right. Yes.

Now I have that...

oh, here we are.

[clears throat]

Uh, were you close?

To be honest until

I got your letters,

I didn't know I had an uncle.

I didn't have much interaction

with the man.

He was very private.

Liked to keep

himself to himself,

if you know what I mean.

Well, it makes sense

at least, hmmm?

What makes sense?

You do know how he died?

Oh, sorry.

I assumed you knew.

I'm afraid he...

he took his own life.



Look, are you okay?


Look, we can arrange to

do this another time perhaps.


If it's all the same,

I would like to do it today.


[stumbling] Yes, okay.

That should be no problem.

Uh, well, I've just got to

check the calendar first.

Things have been hectic

this winter.



do we take my car?

You okay?

You look a little pale.

I just didn't sleep well.

Well, this is it.

Here, let me get that for you.

It doesn't look like much,

but it comes with 13 acres.

Mostly woodland.

And well, shall we go in?

You can see why

your uncle liked the place.

It's uh... it's quaint.

I'll, uh,

I'll open up for you.

[clears throat]

[struggles with door]

Ah, this is it.

I recognize this.


Well, I'm not an estate agent


but the house

seems to be in good nick.

And I don't have

the details to hand,

but by all accounts,

there's a kitchen in there,

a bedroom down there,

and a fine big adjoining space

down the back there

that was used for storage.

Look, uh, would you like

if I, uh, left you alone

and you could look at the house

in your leisure?

Yeah, thank you.

That would be nice.

So, look, I'll leave

the keys here.

And sure, we can go over

the paperwork tomorrow.

Ah, Tom!

I just seen the door

was open there

and thought I'd come in.

Tom, this is Miss Reynolds.

- Miss Reynolds, this is Tom.

- How's it going?

Just showing Miss Reynolds

around her uncle's estate.

Well, technically now,

your estate, I suppose.


Well, like I was saying,

I'll leave you at it.

Are you sure you'll be able

to get home on your own?

Yeah. I'll find my way.

Well, I can take you back

if you want.

It's okay, honestly.

Maybe it's best if he does.

Surely, we don't want you

to get lost.

Well, uh, I'll see you


That is funny.

I recognize this place.

I guess I must have

been here as a kid.

I knew your uncle actually.

- Really?

- Uh-hm. He was a good man.

Took me in for a while then.

I was born around here

but never knew

any of the details.

I lost my, uh, parents

in an accident around here

when I was younger,

and um, I...

Come on, I'll get you

back to the inn.


[knock on door]

Just a minute.


[insects chirping]

[birds chirping]

[knock on door]

Tom. Hi.

Hi. I just wanted to

check up on you,

see how you were doing.

How kind! Thank you.


A lot better than yesterday.

I don't know

what happened there.

That's so sweet.

Did you want to come in?

Oh, uh, I didn't want to

invade on your privacy.

No, no! Don't be silly.


I'll just be a minute.

So, you're feeling

better then, yeah?

Yeah. I guess

I must have slept it off.

But that was really weird.

Hey, I'm really sorry

about your shirt.

So where are you off to then?

I'm going to go down

to the village

and see Mr. Kelly.

He, uh, mentioned yesterday

about going over some paperwork.

So, you know,

it will be good to know

what I'm finally

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