Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Bhoot (2003)

bhottDirector: Ram Gopal Varma

Writer: Lalit Marathe, Sameer Sharma (Screenplay)

Starring: Ajay Devgn, Urmila Matondkar, Nana Patekar, Rekha, Fardeen Khan, Victor Banerjee, Tanuja

 

Plot: Vishal (Ajay Devgan), a stock analyst, and his wife Swati (Urmila Matondkar). The two are in search for a flat in Mumbai. Vishal finds the perfect place on the 12th floor of a high-rise apartment building. However, the apartment has a horrifying past. The previous occupant of the flat, a young woman had killed her child and jumped from the balcony and died. Swati learns about this incident shortly after moving in and becomes oddly fixated with the story. 

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Great Little Horror

 

Story: Bhoot starts when Vishal (Devgn) and Swati (Matondkar) move into their new apartment in Mumbai and everything seems to be great about this new place apart from the walk up the 12 flights of stairs to the apartment.

Things start to take a turn with Swati starts seeing ghostly figures around the apartment but she is the only one who sees this. As the spirits of the previous occupants of the apartment take of Swati Vishal faces a race against time to save his wife and uncover the truth.

Bhoot plays into my favourite sub-genre of horror where we have the ghost haunting to have the truth exposed. This all works very well because we have brilliantly created early scares which all use the jump effect very well. I do have to get negative because I do feel the film lulls for parts of the second act because we all know the direction it is going but the scares get pulled with the investigation but the final act ties everything together nicely to give us a horror that has the scares required for the genre.

 

Overall: This is a horror that could match the J-Horrors in places but does have weak points which does take away the brilliant scares early on.

Rating80

 

 

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