To extend these fictional responsibilities into the realm of the film’s production, just as the two children do the heavy-lifting on the farm, so too are the young actors required to carry practically the entire film. By no means is it a simple task for two children to be the main cinematic focus, without anyone else to play off of, and succeed. Massive respect and kudos to Madison Davenport and Jake Johnson for doing something that not even adult actors can necessarily pull off consistently.
In the end, The Attic Door is frightening on a number of levels beyond its supernatural hints, and wonderfully affected beyond the explanations and turns in its final minutes. It achieves its storytelling strength through a simple tale of frontier hardship, bolstered by the great performances by its two young leads.
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