Ben Wheatly's film has a lot to live up to. Daphne du Maurnier's classic Gothic novel was immortalized on film by Alfred Hitchcock in the film of the same name. Winning several Oscars and cementing Hitchcock's repuatation, it was also the film which paved his way to Hollywood - leading to "The American Years", as they are called. No one has dared touch the story since then until now. (Though there are some made-for-tv iterations and a fun 1964 Bollywood remake called Kohra).