Have TPTB never watched a James Wan movie? This bores instead of being scary. Matilda wears an ugly silver dress and then her mother does herself in. Cue screaming and overacting. A moral reckoning is coming or something. This has no perceptible value. Interest is not dramatically palpable.
What does all this have to do with a little girl named Carys who vanished in 1994? Matilda and some guy go on a roadtrip. There is nice scenery and no moral stance. Matilda is sure she is Carys. Locals are unfriendly. There is a mysterious house and nothing clarifies the mystery. People act evasively and this was rendered even less palatable and unworkable.
“Whatever’s in those woods, has been there a lot longer than Mr Dean.”