Jeepers Creepers (2001)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 1/5

PROS –
1) A supernatural creature which awakens every 23rd spring for twenty-three days to feast on human body parts, which then form parts of its own body, chasing two teenagers.
2) Promising start but a disappointing end.

 

CONS –
1) A story full of unanswered questions.
2) The entire connection of psychic Jezelle and the association of “Jeepers Creepers” song with the creature is silly and impetuous.

 
QUOTE –
Trish: You know the part in scary movies when somebody does something really stupid, and everybody hates them for it? This is it.

The Woman in Black (2012)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A ghost taking revenge for her son’s death from the entire village.
2) Enough jump-scares with minimum dialogues to give audiences a mini-heart attack.
3) The climax reaffirms that the ghost woman in black continues her pursuits. It’s sad and fulfilling in a weird way.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Arthur Kipps: You don’t believe me, do you?
Daily: I believe even the most rational mind can play tricks in the dark.

Suspiria (1977)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A textbook horror story which is now done to death. A girl in an establishment which is just a facade for murderous supernatural exploits.
2) The set designs with vivid colors.
3) The maggots scene; Sara’s jump in the razor wire’s pit.

 

 

CONS –
1) A mediocre climax where the boss witch is easily killed with a knife stab.
2) A horror movie that is dwelled more into visual style than in jump scares.

 
QUOTE –
Dr. Frank Mandel: Bad luck isn’t brought by broken mirrors, but by broken minds.

Dracula (2020 Miniseries)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Ep 1: Gripping screenplay; the first episode was somewhat faithful to the original book and also the best in the series.
2) Agatha Van Helsing vs Count Dracula grand dual at the gate of the convent.
3) Ep 2: Climactic 123 years time-leap was surely surprising.
4) Witty one-liners by Count Dracula in all 3 episodes.

 

CONS –
1) Lucy Westenra sub-plot in Ep 3 was utterly useless. The entire modern-day England twist was disappointing.
2) The quality of the show goes down with every passing episode.
3) Climactic revelations establish Dracula as an ashamed warrior with survival guilt.

 

QUOTE –
She: What’s the state of him?
Dracula: He’s downstairs.
She: Drunk?
Dracula: Well, that’s certainly one way of putting it.

Ghost Stories (2020)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Janhvi Kapoor’s performance stands out in this mediocre horror movie.

 
CONS –
1) I’m never expecting anything from an anthology film anyway. This is just a Netflix contractual project with the 4 directors.
2) All 4 stories are stale where you can smell the twist from a mile.

 
QUOTE –
“let me get this right. maa laash hai, granny bhoot hai, aur tumhara husband choot hai.”

Black Sunday (1960)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A gothic-horror based on a Russian folk-tale by Nikolai Gogol from the debutant director Mario Bava.
2) A prototype for numerous future horror movies based on the same theme.
3) Great production value and make-up.
4) Barbara Steele as the femme fatale

 

CONS –
1) A run-of-the-mill horror story.

 

QUOTE –
Dr. Kruvajan: You have no reason to fear the dead. They sleep very soundly.

The Mist (2007)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) This movie would have ended as just another sci-fi horror movie without the character of Mrs. Carmody [played by Marcia Gay Harden]. The entire movie came into life, when this bible-bashing boss-bitch character took the central stage, leading her minions like Jack in Lord of the Flies.
2) Lovecraftian giant creatures from a parallel universe came into our world through some portal thanks to a failed military scientific experiment.
3) The climax is unsettling. Just unsettling.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
i]
Ollie: As a species, we’re fundamentally insane. Put more than two of us in a room, we pick sides and start dreaming up reasons to kill one another. Why do you think we invented politics and religion?

 

ii]
Amanda Dunfrey: People are basically good; decent. My god, David, we’re a civilized society.
David Drayton: Sure, as long as the machines are working and you can dial 911. But you take those things away, you throw people in the dark, you scare the shit out of them – no more rules.