January 17, 2021
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Turning off: Spielberg movie filmed in Wicklow bombs at box office

The Steven Spielberg movie which was shot in Killruddery Estate in Bray has bombed at the box office here and internationally.

The Turning, which was filmed on location in the Wicklow stately home in 2018 and produced by the iconic Hollywood director,  ranked 18th on the box office list last week, amassing just €11,435 in receipts.

Directed by Floria Sigismondi, who previously shot The Handmaid’s Tale, the horror film is based on Henry James’s novella The Turning of the Screw.

In February 2018, local newspaper the Wicklow Voice revealed in a world exclusive that Indiana Jones director Spielberg was in the county to oversee the shoot.

The film currently has a 12% rating on the online review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, with Rolling Stone saying it is “downright incomprehensible”, while The New York Times called it “scare-free”. CinemaScore, which polls audience opinions, gave the film an F.

Kilruddery House is no stranger to film shoots and had previously been used as a back drop in My Left Foot, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Far and Away, while Spielberg filmed Saving Private Ryan in Wexford.

The Turning had a troubled production during its time here – Storm Emma and the Beast From The East shut down filming for several days.

“There was a huge blizzard, and cars couldn’t get up and down the street,” star Finn Wolfhard told The Hollywood Reporter. “We basically stayed in the hotel for four days, and that helped the movie, since it’s about isolation and going stir crazy.”

Gretel & Hansel, another horror filmed in Wicklow, launched this weekend in America to kinder reviews.


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