Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Grave Encounters (2011)

That's an underground tunnel. A mile long. No exits.

Our Rating:


IMDb Rating: 6.1
Rotten Tomatoes: 56%

Duration: 95 minutes

Synopsis: Lance Preston and the crew of "Grave Encounters", a ghost-hunting reality television show, are shooting an episode inside an abandoned mental asylum, reportedly haunted. All in the name of good television, they voluntarily lock themselves inside the building for the night and begin a paranormal investigation, capturing everything on camera.
They quickly realize that the building is more than just haunted - it is alive - and it has no intention of ever letting them leave.


Okay, this movie was scary. Terrifying even. Gradually, I've come to despise the found footage genre, but this one was just... wow.
The film's setup might've seemed long, but it's entertaining, giving us a funny glimpse into the world of all the 'Paranormal Investigation' shows that we have.

But then amusement swiftly descends into horror as they find themselves trapped. (Seriously though, who the hell agrees to lock themselves in a haunted asylum?  -_-)

The hospital used for shooting the movie is fucking creepy. Well most abandoned buildings are creepy, hospitals doubly so, but this is a goddamn mental asylum. So, yeah. Long dark corridors with empty, dark rooms on all sides, beds with restraints, gibberish on the walls- makes for a pretty picture, doesn't it?

I must say, the jump scares were horrifying, because the tension in the atmosphere isn't just for a few scenes, it's layered throughout the movie like an unwholesome, oppressive slime, building up throughout the movie. Very, very few of the flat, dull patches that you see so often in horror movies.

One of the few times that a movie is actually better than the trailer. Go ahead and watch it:

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Annabelle (2014)

"Why the f*** would someone buy that doll?!" - Everyone

Our Rating:


IMDb Rating: 5.7
Rotten Tomatoes: 30%
Metacritic: 37%

Synopsis: John Form finds the 'perfect gift' for his pregnant wife Mia- a rare, vintage doll (Yeah, that's not creepy at all -_- ). But then one evening, their home is invaded by satanic cultists, and blood and terror follow. But that is only the beginning, as the cultists have conjured up a malevolent entity that latches on to the doll...


So... yeah. Another case of high expectations, I suppose. 
I'd expected this to be at least as scary as The Conjuring, if not better. Annabelle the doll had been one of the more creepier aspects of Conjuring. I came away disappointed.

If the Warrens are to be believed, this is the original, real life Annabelle doll:

Lorraine definitely looks better in the movie :P

The movie version is much more creepy-fied, but it fails to exude the aura of menace that is needed. Very little of the terror comes from the doll itself.

Clich├ęd plot devices like rocking chairs, appliances switching on and creaking floors abound. Very little of it is genuinely scaring.

There are one or two great moments (such as the one with the elevator) but they are not sufficient to save this otherwise thinly stretched movie.

Annabelle Wallis (LOL) as Mia does an okay job, but it's not really convincing. There are patches where it seems her character is frozen in a shell of non-reaction. Ward Horton as her husband is even less believable.

In short, they made this movie because they could, counting on viewers of the Conjuring to watch it, not because the movie is anything great on its own. 

Annabelle would've been disappointed.