The Presence

Synopsis: A woman travels to an isolated cabin where she finds herself stalked by an apparition who has come to inhabit her space as his own. With the unexpected arrival of the woman's boyfriend, the dark spirit's haunting grows more obsessive. Soon the woman begins to exhibit weirdly irrational behavior as the thin line between sanity and possession begins to unravel.
Director(s): Tom Provost
Production: LionsGate Entertainment
  1 win.
87 min

Would you like to come in for

a cup of coffee of something?

I can't, dear.

The Missus is alone in the store.

I should get back by sundown anyways.

All right, well, I do so appreciate your coming so soon.

Are you sure you're okay out here?

Not gettin' too lonely?

Oh! No, no. I needed can't imagine.

'cause it'd scare me a little bit.

Oh, no, honestly, I'll be fine.

It's kinda creepy.

I'll be fine.

All right, then.

I brought you a coupla fresh chickens.

They oughta roast up right

nice in that old stove of yours.

Just keep 'em in the shed

out back 'til you're ready.

Weather like this,

works like a refrigerator.

Thank you very much, it's very sweet.

Hello, is Mr. Brownan there, please.

Do you know when he'll be back?


Yeah... yeah.

No, no, no, there's no need for you to do that.

No thank you, that's fine.'s...don't trouble yourself.

I think there's a storm coming anyway.

No, no, just tell Mr. Browman

I was just checking in. Okay? Thank you.

It's okay. It's okay.

Hi. It's me.


Oh, hey. Nice

I thought you might be angry.

Okay. Let me get my bag,

it's gonna get soaked.

How did you get here?

The old man, what's his name? Browman?

Poor guy, it's gonna be a wet trip gettin' back.

He said the same thing happened

when he brought you over, huh?

- That's kinda weird.

- Yeah.

So, this is the place. this is the place where

you spent your summers as a kid, huh?

- Nice.

- I always liked it...

Yeah, I like it, too.

I think.

Wanna show me around?

That's pretty cool.

Oh, that's an old Victrola,

nothing special.

Well, wait, don't you wanna listen to it sometime?

- Why don't we get you unpacked.

- Whoa! Slow down, slow's okay.

Show me around first, we can unpack later.

You okay?

Come here.

Oh, my god.

I missed you.

Yeah, it's true, I did.

You know what else?



Living room?

Come here, you!

How many people would come out here at one time?

Gosh! Sometimes as many as 20,

but, we'd sleep anywhere,

and in the summertime we'd like to sleep outside.

Oh, yeah, I'll bet.

And this is the master suite.

Do I get to stay in here, too?

Where should I put my stuff?

Anywhere. The closet...the chest of drawers.

Just make yourself at home.


So...what did you do when you came out here?

Gosh, we'd play and play.

I used to love this game where

I was the fairy queen.

and I had all these magical powers

but chief among them was the ability to

disappear and make other people disappear.

Came in very handy

when we were playing hide and seek

because everyone thought

I had actually disappeared

when I just happened to have

the best hiding place on the entire island.

- I'll show it to you sometime, if you want.

- Yeah! I wanna see it.

Look what I brought.

- You remembered!

- I did!

- Should we have this tonight?

- Ah huh.

- Thanks.

- Sure.

- Look, is that your grandparents?

- Yeah.

She's beautiful.

-Yeah. She meant the world to me.

-I know.

Your grandfather was the one

who bought this place, right?

Yeah, but he only bought it

because she wanted him to.

He hardly ever came out here. I think...

I think it made it easier on him.

You never really talk about him.

No need. He wasn't a good guy.

Like your dad?

Sort of.

I mean, he was laid out!

I guess with a raise and

a move, he deserved it.

But it was a really good party.

l wish you'd been there.

I needed to be here.

It was important.

-l know, yeah, l didn't...

l didn't mean it like that. l just...

I just like having you around.

I guess I'm greedy about it.

Well, you'll get a lot of me around here.

Yeah. Well, that's a good thing.

Very good.

I hope it's okay that I came.

You awake?


What? What's wrong? What is it?

I gotta go to the bathroom.

- I told you to go before we went to bed, young man.

- Yeah, but l didn't have to go then.

All right. Hang on a second.

All right. There you go

What do you mean?

-That's all you need. You're on your own, big guy.


Just go pee off the porch. Take it.

That's not what l gotta do.

All right, just go down the stairs,

go through the kitchen,

out the back, and follow the path.

It's not very far.

You're not gonna walk me out there?

All right.

Oh, Honey, just make sure that you use one

of the sticks by the door to get rid of the spiders in the seat.

You gotta be kidding me.


Hey. How'd it go? Okay?

We played all day long. Hide and seek,

ghost in the graveyard, whatever. They never found me.

So, l get to see the secret place?

Et voila.

-You crawled down there?

-Yeah. All the time.

Sometimes not even when we were playing.

It was just a great place to be alone.

-Weren't you scared?


It was really cool down there in the summer,

and when l was down there, l could hear Grandma

moving around the kitchen,

making her food and talking to people.

It felt safe.


What about your visit to the outhouse?

Were you scared?

Come on, you've seen that place.

Uh, huh! That's why I don't

go there in the dark.

Wouldn't have been so bad,

except for all the banging.

- Banging?

- Yeah, when I was inside.

Just the branches banging

against the walls in the wind.

Come on, let's take that walk.


Another one of my secret places.

Yeah. Yeah, it's really beautiful.

I've always loved it here.

You're really beautiful.

The last three years with you

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