It gets increasingly difficult with every passing year to get the tropes of a supernatural horror flick right. Debutante director Jofin T Chacko, must for sure have known what he was getting himself into, and his film ‘The Priest’ strains to achieve what many of his predecessors had set out to. But Jofin’s ambitious film never really springs to life, and there are quite a few reasons why it doesn’t.
‘Love’ attempts a horrific vivisection of a dysfunctional marriage and deftly works on the seeds of depressive confusion that it sows. Confronting their primal fears, the couple in ‘Love’ has a go at each other desperately, almost hysterically, letting us take a sneak peek at the monsters that lurk within them, that would stop at nothing until they have struck down their adversary dead. Another triumph from Khalid Rahman, this one!
‘The Great Indian Kitchen’ deserves brownie points for its demand for democratization in the household, that should essentially commence from the kitchen. But its overzealous attempts to take quite a few pigeons with a bean, is what leaves it not as great a film as it should have been!
‘Sufiyum Sujathayum’ achieves just about half of the dramatic intensity that it originally sets out to attain, and would be remembered best for the mellifluous musical score by M Jaychandran and some remarkable cinematography by Anu Moothedath. Not denying its impeccable visual quality, ‘Sufiyum Sujathayum’ comes across as a monotonous succession of scenes that strive to blow the dust away from its worn-out theme in vain.
‘Choked’ is in many ways Kashyap’s most underdone film as yet, and while it remains that some of his former works have been applauded for their purposive lack of refinement, this would probably be not. Rather, it’s one of those films that sets out to do a lot more than what finally appears on screen, and which strangulates itself in its endeavours to do so.
There are several instances in Sam Hargrave’s ‘Extraction’ that remind you of a Bollywood gangster flick. For one, the backdrop is downright familiar in that it involves the kidnapping of Ovi Mahajan Jr., (Rudhraksh Jaiswal) son of dreaded Indian mafia kingpin Ovi Mahajan Sr. (Pankaj Tripathi) by Amir Asif (Priyanshu Painyuli), Mahajan’s arch rival in Bangladesh. Continue reading “Extraction (2020) English Movie Short Review”
The opening frames of Alberto Rodríguez’s ‘Marshland’ – ‘La isla mínima’ – are enough to have you instantly glued, and this Spanish film that was released in 2014, is a mesmerising succession of such spectacular shots that will enthral you. These bleak and yet stunningly exquisite portraits that the film employs remarkably gel with the grim theme that the film deals with, and the results are nothing short of a visual masterpiece. Continue reading “Marshland (2014) Spanish Movie Short Review”
Sadly another of Netflix horror flicks that simply didn’t work for me, Vincenzo Natali’s ‘In the Tall Grass’ had all the makings of a supernatural horror thriller, but fails to live up to the book that inspired it. It does start off interesting but the script gets increasingly weedy, as the leading pair ventures out into the grass land before them. Continue reading “In the Tall Grass (2019) English Movie Short Review”
Adam MacDonald’s ‘Backcountry’ rises well above the stature of a typical nature-survival horror film in that it employs several strategic ploys that would help maintain an atmosphere of terror. What is surprising is that the film has much less footage of the animal in action and yet emerges as one of the best films that has come out in the category. Continue reading “Backcountry (2014) English Movie Short Review”
I have been hearing a lot about the 2013 Korean film ‘Miracle in Cell No. 7’, but had never really got around to watching it. Which is why when Netlfix announced that they had the 2019 Turkish remake of the same, I jumped at it without a second thought, and yes, the efforts I should say have been nothing short of rewarding. Continue reading “Miracle in Cell No 7 (2019) Turkish Movie Short Review”
This cat and mouse tale directed by Jonás Cuarón, somehow reminded me of Spielberg’s ‘Duel’ (1971), and is a combo of some real mushy, basic survival tale and a primary social treatise of sorts. It does have its fair share of thriller moments, but somehow falls short of being that absolutely satisfying thrill fare that you expect it to be. Continue reading “Desierto (2015) Mexican Movie Short Review”