Mild scares rustle the autumnal mood of “The Legend of Lucy Keyes,” a modest New England psychological horror tale that could easily be dubbed “Amityville Jr.” Toplining Julie Delpy in a role (caring mother chasing down ghosts) unlike anything in her career, pic is too routine to stir up much energy or portent about the present-day impact of the mysterious disappearance in 1755 Princeton, Mass., of a little girl named Lucy Keyes. High-def lensed pic is a certain item for cable pickup, after stops at mostly minor fests.
Jeanne and Guy Cooley (Delpy and Justin Theroux) move with their girls Lucy and Molly (Cassidy Hinkle, Kathleen Regan) to Princeton for a solar energy project Guy is overseeing. Local landowner Samantha Porter (Brooke Adams) helps Guy lobby the skeptical locals, but the project starts unraveling even as Jeanne senses the presence of Lucy’s ghost running around the nearby woods. Jeanne is further haunted by the previous accidental death of her third daughter, giving Delpy some psychological ballast for a good if unremarkable perf in genre territory. Pic was shot in Princeton area where the Keyes disappearance actually occurred.