In the opening scenes of The Luring, we are introduced to a young family preparing to buy a remote New England getaway. The couple (played by Alex Emanuel and Angela Rambourg) is led around the quarters by a quasi-ominous elderly realtor while their young son heads down to explore the basement.
The sequence is professionally staged, with strong shot composition and the film’s most expressive, competent actors. Unfortunately, they are never seen again, and we are left with an entirely new couple entering the same exact house, apparently years later, for the remainder of the film.
Garrett (played by Rick Irwin) is our antagonist. We learn from a brief clip that the house was his parents’ and that he had a rather tragic birthday party there when he was 10, but suffers from amnesia over the whole affair, which is one reason he wishes to return.
“…he had a rather tragic birthday party there when he was 10…”
The other reason is correspondence he’s had with a mysterious woman with whom he has connected with but knows nothing about. Oh, and he decided to bring his current girlfriend Claire (Michaela Sprague). I mention this rather flippantly because, from the very first scenes, there seems to be not an iota of chemistry between them. Claire seemingly adores Garrett, and his feelings for her range from passive tolerance to seething contempt.
During their first night in the house, Garrett is awakened by rustling in the basement to find a masked woman (played by Molly Fahey) writhing around, spouting vaguely coherent musings like: “We will dance under the wind while are souls are cremated with lies and goodbyes.”
This is an apparent turn-on for Garrett, who cannot get enough of this masked woman who just broke into his house in the middle of the night while he is supposed to reconcile his amnesiac past.
"…focus is never truly clear to the viewer."