Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

1) Agatha Christie’s story remains the backbone of this movie.
2) Huge ensemble cast.
3) Ingrid Bergman as Greta Ohlsson – her broken English and timid character is first-rate.

 

Cons –

 

1) Hercule Poirot will remain the most annoying character ever created in English literature and Albert Finney can’t do anything to fix it.

 

 

Quote –

 

Foscarelli: Hey, what are you reading, Mister Beddoes?
Beddoes: I am reading “Love’s Captive,” by Mrs. Arabella Richardson.
Foscarelli: Is it about sex?
Beddoes: No, it’s about 10:30, Mister Foscarelli.

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Audition (1999)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) That final torture scene is one of the most disturbing slasher scene in cinema.
2) The element of body-horror is Cronenberg level.

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Ordinary plot but extraordinary direction
2) Eihi Shiina as Asami Yamazaki – not the best actress for an iconic role

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Asami Yamazaki:  Kiri kiri kiri kiri kiri kiri!

Surrogates (2009)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The Prophet plot-twist
2) The Dread Reservation chase
3) CGI
4) The primary concept – La Westworld

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Predictable story-line
2) Shallow character development
3) The child-killed-in-a-car-accident sub plot is now used for a zillionth time in hollywood.

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Tom Greer: You want to kill everyone? That’s going to heal mankind?
Older Canter: They’re already dead. The died the minute they plugged into those machines.

Special 26 (2013)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The Jimmy Shergill Plot-Twist
2) Fast paced direction
3) Outstanding supporting cast
4) Decent music
5) The actual incident (1987 Opera House heist) was forgotten long ago. Thanks to the director-writer Neeraj Pandey the story was made into a commercially successful film.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

1) Akshay Kumar/Kajal Aggarwal romantic sub-plot – the never ending Bollywood obsession with romance

 

 

Quote –

 

 

“Asli power dil mein hoti hai !”

Scream (1996)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A Wes Craven classic meta-horror. A satire and homage to the genre.
2) The “whodunit” factor
3) No time wasting built up ; viewers jump into the gauntlet from the first minute.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Billy: Movies don’t create psychos. Movies make psychos more creative!

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) One hell of a thrill ride, especially the last 30 minutes
2) Unpredictable plot full of twist and turns. Meta-horror.
3) Strong satire and parody of the genre but also riveting at the same time
4) The slash-fest by the plethora of monsters
5) Sigourney Weaver as The Director – Perfect cameo – fits in like the last piece of the puzzle

 

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Daniel Truman: They’re like something from a nightmare.
Lin: No, they’re something nightmares are from.

eXistenZ (1999)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Mind-fuck sci-fi thriller with element of body-horror
2) Multiple plot-twists towards the end of the movie
3) Strong supporting cast

 

 

Cons –

 

 

1) Movie poster

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Chinese Waiter: Hey, tell me the truth… are we still in the game?