DISAPPEARANCE AT CLIFTON HILL is a mystery thriller with a lot of plot twists along the way – big and small. It stars Tuppence Middleton and has David Cronenberg in a key role. Read our full Disappearance at Clifton Hill review here. Also, you can watch it on Hulu now!

Disappearance at Clifton Hill is a mystery thriller that has a lot of mind games. It’s all about truth, lies and conspiracy theories. All of which results in various kinds of plot twists as the story progresses. The movie was at a solid three stars but the very end pushed it up to four out of five for us here at Heaven of Horror.

And no, this is not a horror movie though it definitely has elements that seem straight out of a horror movie. Also, due to the mind games and doubts about what’s real and what isn’t, Disappearance at Clifton Hill reminded me quite a bit of the new Netflix movie Horse Girl which has gotten a very mixed reception.

You might like: Our review of the Netflix movie Horse Girl here >

Continue reading our Disappearance at Clifton Hill review below.

The very intriguing cast

Disappearance at Clifton Hill has a cast full of familiar faces but from very different productions. The absolute star of the movie is Tuppence Middleton because we do get most of the story as she experiences and shows it. You should recognize Tuppence Middleton from Downton Abbey or the Netflix series Sense8.

Also from a Netflix series, we have Hannah Gross who plays the sister of Tuppence Middleton’s character. Hannah Gross was in season 1 of Mindhunter and in season 2 of The Sinner which is an awesome series on USA Network.

You might like: Our Season 1 review of Mindhunter here >

Of course, many genre-fans will also immediately notice David Cronenberg. He directed the iconic horror sci-fi The Fly from 1986 which starred Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. Going back a bit further, he also wrote and directed Scanners (1981) and the 1983 adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dead Zone starring Christopher Walken.

Disappearance at Clifton Hill – Movie Review

Watch Disappearance at Clifton Hill on Hulu now!

Albert Shin directed and co-wrote Disappearance at Clifton Hill. He previously directed the TV series In Counseling (2012) along with a short film in 2018 and two feature films. His first feature film was Point Traverse from 2009 and his second feature film was In Her Place from 2014.

In Her Place was a South Korean movie (co-produced with Canada) which just might get some more attention now that Parasite has won every major award. I haven’t watched his movie myself, but I do have a huge love for South Korean films, so I just might check it out now.

In fact, speaking of Korean movies, we have pushed and applauded movies from South Korea on this website from the very beginning. We’ve made “the best of” lists and have a category tag for Korean movies, so if you want to check out awesome South Korean movies, then you might want to start here >

Anyway, the script for Disappearance at Clifton Hill was written by director, Albert Shin, and James Schultz. This is the first feature film screenplay from James Schultz who previously wrote a short film aong with a TV movie. With this new movie, they both have a really solid and intelligent movie they should be very proud of.

Disappearance at Clifton Hill is out in select theaters and On Demand from February 28, 2020.

UPDATE: Disappearance at Clifton Hill is out on Hulu from May 29, 2020.


Director: Albert Shin
Stars: Tuppence Middleton, Hannah Gross, David Cronenberg, Eric Johnson, Marie Josée-Croze


Following the death of her mother, Abby (Tuppence Middleton, The Imitation Game, Downton Abbey), a troubled young woman with a checkered past, returns to her hometown of Niagara Falls and the dilapidated motel her family used to run. While there, she finds herself drawn once again into a mystery that has haunted her since childhood: what happened to the young boy she saw being violently abducted in the woods twenty-five years ago?

As Abby sets out to find out the truth, she must confront both a shocking, long-buried conspiracy that runs as deep as the falls themselves as well as her own inner demons.

I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment (even if the animals are just really good actors). Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. Go figure!
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