Black Sabbath (1963)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) 2 classic tales of horror. The kind of stories we hear as kids around a campfire.
2) “The Wurdalak” offers a gothic folk-tale of a vampire without any plot-twists. However, the Technicolor cinematography, makeup, and music will give audiences enough jump scares. The scene where the dead child appears outside in the cold and begs to be invited in, is a textbook folktale sequence.
3) “The Drop of Water” is a Twilight Zone kind of story where the jinxed ring transfers the curse to the bearer.
4) Boris Karloff’s prologue and epilogue are funny and frightful at the same time. The final scene where his character breaks the 4th wall and unveils the tricks behind the camera is equally bizarre.

 

CONS –
1) “The Telephone” is neither supernatural nor horror. It doesn’t fit with the other two tales of horror.

 
QUOTE –
“Ivan: Mama, I’m cold. Let me in.”

Advertisements

Hagazussa (2017)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) A horror folk-tale like The Witch (2015).
2) Scenic mountains and forests with a sense of impending horror. There is a strong body-horror factor.
3) The cinematography is fascinating with little or no dialogues.

 

CONS –
1) The primary story is plain and simple with little outcome.

 
QUOTE –
“Of those who don’t carry God in their hearts. The Jews and the heathens. They come in the night and like animals they take you. And then some months later you bear a child.”

Us (2019)

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

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) This is some seriously mediocre govt-conspiracy-horror movie from Jordan Peele where an army of scissors-wielding undergrounds doppelgangers with speech impairment are killing their counterparts to achieve the goal of “joining hands across the country”.
2) It took 60 minutes of built-up to take off the story. This movie is 30 minutes too long.
3) None of the actors are convincing in their respective roles. I wonder what Elisabeth Moss was doing in that “blink & miss” role.
4) I feel pity for those critics who are digging hidden “socio-cultural” meaning in this over-hyped movie.

 

QUOTE –
Kitty Tyler: Ophelia, call the police.
Ophelia: OK. Playing “Fuck tha Police” by N.W.A.

Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Pretentious and greedy art aficionados got themselves in a vicious trap of cursed paintings.

 
CONS –
1) Quite a lazy title for the movie where the Velvet Buzzsaw is of little significance that too for only one character.
2) Unnecessary sub-plots. Instead of working on the primary supernatural theme, the entire first hour is wasted in art exhibition politics.

 
QUOTE –
Morf Vandewalt: A bad review is better than sinking into the great glut of anonymity.

Let the Right One In (2008)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Probably the most gruesome rated-r movie involving kids.
2) A coming-of-age vampire horror drama.The love story of an aged female vampire with a 12-year-old boy who will eventually become her provider of human blood like Håkan.
3) The scenes involving Eli taking on her victims are spine-chilling. The climactic swimming pool scene with the audiences only seeing the under-water action is terrifying.
4) Virginia’s death scene

 

CONS –
1) Slow screenplay

 
QUOTE –
Oskar: Are you old?
Eli: I’m twelve. But I’ve been twelve for a long time.

Tumbbad (2018)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A 100% epic desi horror folk-tale of greed. The supernatural character of Hastar and the cursed-immortal Lakkad-Naani will give nightmares to even Freddy Krueger.
2) The aspect of “cursed rain” which is part of the lore.
3) Exceptional screenplay respecting the intelligence of the audiences.
4) Extraordinary direction and cinematography capturing rural British India without any fuss. The troika of almost unknown directors has achieved something massive which will be difficult to emulate by any other bollywood horrors in the coming years. It’s a masterpiece.
5) Great sound mixing and score.
6) Inside Goddess’ womb – the things nightmares are made of.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“Soja, Warna Hastar Aa Jaaega”

The Nun (2018)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Gothic Romanian setting.
2) The epilogue featuring Ed and Lorraine Warren with a possessed Maurice.

 
CONS –
1) The Conjuring Universe is dead without James Wan.
2) Weak screenplay brought down the entire myth around the Nun who first appeared in The Conjuring 2

 
QUOTE –
Frenchie: What’s the opposite of a miracle, Father?