Spanish director Jaume Balaguero made a strong first impression with LOS SIN NOMBRE (1999), a cold and very creepy adaptation of Ramsey Campbell's killer-cult novel The Nameless
. Unfortunately, that Spanish-language chiller was never released in the U.S., leaving this poorly plotted and ultimately nonsensical 2002 example of sophomore slump — trimmed to ensure a PG-13 rating by distributor Miramax Dimension, which certainly didn't help matters — to become his de facto American debut. Forty years after six local children mysteriously vanished on the eve of a solar eclipse, a young American family moves into an isolated old house in the Spanish countryside. For ...