mystery

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

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Horror (?), drama – USA – 101 min
Written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour

A girl walks home alone at night.

Actually, no. She isn’t. She’s on the streets on purpose.

The girl’s after sinful blood, killing bad people. Or, if you’re lucky enough, she just warns you to change your sinful ways. Kind of a superhero, in a supertwisted manner. (She even wears a cape!)

Bad City with its few citizens seems to be full of various sins and poor life choices. A drug dealer, drug addicts, a streetwalker, her clients, a boy who tells lies, a spoiled girl from a wealthy family. Finally, a boy serving the rich house, whose father is both addicted to drugs and the hooker’s client. He, who adopts a homeless cat, takes care of his parent and seeks love. Almost crystal clear. He and the vampire girl fall in love. Or something like that – I mean vampires have cold, dead hearts, don’t they?

Regardless of what I had read in the reviews, I did not see a great story of forbidden love. The plot was alright, not really touching, not really eyes-opening. Nor did I see a horror. I’d rather call it a dark fantasy-drama with some western in it. Okay, there are some bloody, violent scenes but fearful events haven’t been much highlighted. The whole atmoshphere was mysterious, lyrical and hypnotising. Yes, that’s the most adequate word. The black-whiteness, in which the movie was created, paired with madly perfect-suited soundtrack add to the strange feeling about the movie. Or, is it a vampire’s trick? Now I can be scared. Perhaps it is a horror anyway…

Anyway, it is a beautiful piece of cinematography, made with mastery. Some scenes were simply amazing and addictive  (I want to do skateboarding with black cape on too!), some enigmatic and leave you puzzled.

My rating: 8/10.

P.S. Check out the soundtrack!

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Gone Girl (2014)

Gone Girl (2014)
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USA – 149 min – Thriller, Drama

Directed by David Fynch

Written by Gillian Flynn (screenplay and novel)

So, there’s the story of a man and a woman. A marriage. Happily ever after? No. Not at all.

The moment the husband comes home and finds the place empty but with destroyed table starts the series of surprising events, unfolding some mysteries and occuring even more of them.

Just when you think it’s just another I-didn’t-kill-my-wife movie, a plot twist appears. Actually, a lot of them. They come as little atom bombs, dropped every 10 minutes or so.

Gone Girl is a brilliant film. It covers all the things you would demand from both: a thriller (intriguing plot) and a drama (heartbreaking message).  To sum up – watch it! Just hold on to your seat not to get too lost in the movie or completely… gone.

My rating: 9/10

Scoop (2006)

Scoop (2006)
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USA, UK – Comedy, Mystery – 96 min

First of all, I must admit I am not exactly a huge fan of Woody Allen’s works. I always thought there were just too many, too long dialogues that ruined the whole idea of a movie.

However, this time it is different. The movie is I&E – intriguing and entertaining. Of course, the wordy talks has been included, but they do not strike so intensively. As a matter of fact, they go along with the story and the character played by the director himself.

What’s the plot then?
Allen’s muse – Scarlett Johansson – plays a young journalism student who happens to meet a ghost of a journalist during a magician’s act. The ghost tells her that the infamous Tarot Card Killer’s identity is a famous millionaire’s son. And so the investigation begins.
But can this gorgeous, sweet, kind, intelligent man be such a criminal? And what’s with that ghost anyway?

Are you intrigued yet?

The story gets you totally soaked up in, also the fine piece of acting and (alright, Woody, you won) directing. The film’s funny, not too funny, but maybe that’s best as I heard of a man who died due to laughing too much…

All in all, have a great time watching it!

My rate: 7/10

Carnival of Souls (1962)

Carnival of Souls (1962)
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USA – 84 min – horror, thriller, mystery
Directed by Herk Harvey
Written by John Clifford

Ah, those good, old horror movies!
Few special effects, great amount of anxiety and fear.

A car with a group of girls inside falls to river. The only survivor of the accident, a young woman, tries to leave behind the tragedy. However, strange, horrifying occurences begin to happen. Sudden moments of separation from sounds and surrounding people, a man resembling zombie, a deserted amusement park.

The movie scares you even though there isn’t any blood. Tension is so intensive, it makes you yearn for something to happen at last!
We don’t know if what the woman sees is real or just her mind is playing with her (and us – viewers). Moreover, the spooky incidents seem disturbingly real, so real, a viewer starts to think, it could as well occur in his own life!

The brightest feature of ‘Carnival of Souls’ is its incredibly eerie atmosphere, strengthened by black-and-white picture and creepy music (with intimidating sounds of organ).
Spooky, spooky, spooky!

My rate: 8/10

Insidious (2010) and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

Insidious (2010) and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
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Directed by James Wan
Written by Leigh Whannell (both movies; characters, story, screenplay ) and James Wan (Chapter 2, story)

The story begins with a family of five moving into new home and – yup, you guessed it right – strange things begin to happen. There are inscrutable noises, items moving on their own, one of the children having troubles with sleeping in new place – same old stuff.
When the son falls into coma, parents decide to move out (resonable people in horror movie, FINALLY!).
Things get even more interesting after the family changes address once again… Past and present, ghosts and the living, dreams and reality – they all interpenetrate and lead to electrifying plot twists.

The creators go off the beaten track of the cinematography of eeriness and fear. They do not wander, but finely use darkness, mystery and the theme of haunted house to push the horror movie to a whole new level and adding a bit of melancholy and sadness to the fearsome mood.

I was so scared, I had to pause it every once in a while not to freak out too much!

Now, that’s what I’m talking about when it comes to horror movies!

Looking forward to watching chapter 3!

My rate: 8/10

The Children

The Children (2008)
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United Kingdom – 85 min.- thriller, horror, mystery
directed by Tom Shankland
written by Tom Shankland (screenplay) and Paul Andrew Williams (story)

If you’re not willing to have any offspring, you’re certainly not going to change your mind after watching this movie.

It was supposed to be an idyllic New Year Eve, two families celebrating together. The children suddenly get sick, one by one, and then – go out of their minds. The meaning of ‘playing’ for those kids is no longer the same. They want blood!

What I enjoyed in this movie is the novel idea of breaking the stereotype of a sweet innocent child and putting a knife in his hand, instead of a teddy bear.
Also, the mysterious atmosphere and electrifying plot twists totally go along with the story.

However, I felt irritated by the completely illogical actions of the adults; they were just stupid. What’s more, the parents didn’t really took much care about the coughing, vomiting little boys and girls.
No wonder they got so pissed.

My rate: 6/10

Gothika

Gothika (2003)
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USA – 98 min – thriller, horror
directed by Mathieu Kassovitz
written by Sebastian Gutierrez

Storm in the evening/at night? Check.
Penitentiary full of mentals? Check.
Mysterious girl with wet hair and bruises? Check.
Paranormal activity? Check.
Blood and murder? Check.
Surprise and suspense? Check.

Plus Halle Berry, Robert Downey Junior and Penelopé Cruz.

What a pity!
Unfortunately, I spotted few mistakes in what seemed to be the perfect recipe for a horror.

Nevertheless, I recommend ‘Gothika’, especially for those of you, who are fond of excersising your mind while watching scary films with quite intriguing story. Perhaps, unlike me, you’ll figure out who, why and how until they are revealed.

Not exactly the most terrifying horror I’ve seen, but definitely worth watching.

My rate: 6,5/10