Gone Girl (2014)
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
Carnival of Souls (1962)
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
The Children (2008)
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
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