Night Book (2021) Interactive Movie Review

Night Book – Wonderful Horror Experience

 

Director: Alex Lightman

Writer: Megan Jones (Screenplay)

Starring: Colin Salmon, Julie Dray, Mark Wingett, Siwan Morris, Akie Kotabe, Myriam Acharki, Kaine Zajaz

Plot: Follows an interpreter who gets deceived into reading a passage from an ancient book that unleashes a demon that begins to possess people inside her home.

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Night Book starts as we meet Loralyn a pregnant translator working from home while her fiancée Pearce is preparing for the grand opening of the exclusive hotel on the island of La Pouce. Loralyn is also caring for her father who believes the project will bring evil to the household.

As Loralyn looks to continue her shift from home, she finds herself getting caught up in a supernatural haunting, as the spirits from the island are looking make her the latest victim.

Thoughts on Night Book

Characters & Performances – Loralyn is the character we are making the decisions for, she is a pregnant translator who has let her mentality unstable father live with her, while her fiancée complete the business on a major holiday complex. She finds herself getting haunted by the spirits from the island. Both the character and us need to figure out how to get through the situation. When it comes to the other characters we interact with, we have Loralyn’s father, who believes he is fighting the evil spirits. Loralyn’s boss Cody that gives her and us the choice on who to help, and Pearce her fiancée away at work. Each performer must do multiply takes, to create each different reaction to a decision, throughout the film.

StoryThe story here follows a translator that is trying to go about her daily job, when she finds herself dealing with the haunting side effects that also comes from her fiancée business dealings. This is an interactive movie, we will be following one person’s decisions making them for her, as she looks to make it through the situation. We get to address the different levels of traditions which can come from haunting moments, or lack of respect for traditions, while seeing the one person trying to do the right thing. The story does have 15 different endings, meaning you can re-watch and do doing different outcomes, giving you a different experience for the duration of the film. This is one of the short complete stories, with each round being around about 30 minutes, meaning it gives you plenty of time to jump between the different branches.

ThemesNight Book is an interactive horror thriller that uses the webcams to show the different homes having the different experiences throughout the film, keeping everything contained to the singular homes or offices of the characters. The idea we can build the outcome we would like to experience does help give this a unique feeling, as you can get a different experience each time. My biggest problem with this and many of interactive films, is that if you are watching, you are giving next to no time to realize you need to respond, with certain moments just happening suddenly, I understand this is to maintain the flow of the sequence, but it does also feel like we should have an option to let the seen pause for a few more seconds to let us grab the remote, controller or mouse, depending on how you are experiencing it, to make the choice we would like, by processing what has just been said or seen.

NIGHT BOOK is released on 27 July on Steam (PC & Mac), PS4, Xbox One, Switch and iOS.

Final Thoughts Night Book is a great fun interactive experience in the horror world.

Old (2021) Movie Review

Old – Intense Mystery

 

Director: M Night Shyamalan

Writer: M Night Shyamalan (Screenplay) Pierre-Oscar Levy, Frederick Peeters (Graphic Novel)

Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff, Thomasin McKenzie, Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung

Plot: A thriller about a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly reducing their entire lives into a single day.


Tagline – It’s only a matter of time.

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Old starts when a family Guy (Bernal), Prisca (Krieps) and child Maddox and Trent get invited to a private beach in the luxury holiday island, joined by two other families, when they discover a dead body floating in the ocean.

As the people try to put together what is going on, the shocking realisation that they are aging quickly comes to light as the children start growing up, leading to a desperate panic to figure out how to escape before their time runs out.

Thoughts on Old

Characters & Performances – Guy and Prisca are the parents that are having their own problems using this holiday as the last chance to deal with their problems or deciding to walk away, over the time on the beach, they do start to realize what was important to them before. Maddox and Trent start as 11 and 6 years old, when they start aging they will become key to how suddenly things are changing, maintaining their innocent child-like mentality no matter what age their bodies are. The performances from everyone involved are great, with Gael Garcia Bernal and Vicky Krieps as the parents, aging slowly, compared to the host of different stars are the children characters. In the supporting roles Rufus Sewell as the doctor who is slowly starting to lose his mind being the more terrifying side of the human characters.

StoryThe story here follows a group of families that find themselves stuck on a beach where they will see them age drastically faster, to the levels they may live a whole lifetime in a day, as they need to find a way to escape before it is too late. This is a genius idea for a story that will keep us wondering as to what is happening or how they can escape for the whole film, we get to see different reactions to what is happening, with certain ones being wilder than they need to be, but once you figure it out, which is something that becomes clear earlier on with why they are there, it only becomes a message of how to escape. This is a story that will leave you wanting more, which is always something you want to see.

ThemesOld is a horror thriller that uses the lure of the beautiful location to draw the characters in to the breath taking beach on the tropical island, to the mystery about why what is going on is happening. The camerawork is used to hide a lot of what is going on, be it the side effects of what is happening, or covering up certain age changes. The world being built is a place we could re-visit and continue to see more from, as we just know there is much bigger thing going on.

Final Thoughts Old is a fascinating thriller that will keep you guessing and wanting more all at once.

Luz: The Flower of Evil (2019) Movie Review

Director: Juan Diego Escobar Alzate

Writer: Juan Diego Escobar Alzate (Screenplay)

Starring: Yuri Vargas, Jim Munoz, Sharon Guzman, Conrado Osorio, Daniel Paez, Marcela Robledo

Plot: An atmospheric Jodorowskian trip that portraits the real horrors of faith and men.


Tagline – Good and Evil are the same being.

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Luz the Flower of Evil starts as we follow a community led by a preacher El Senor (Osorio) who believes the community has discovered the new messiah in a young boy, but as El Senor’s three daughters Uma (Vargas), Laila (Esquivel) and Zion (Guzman) soon start questioning more about the God they following, leading them down a dangerous path, one El Senor can’t control.

Thoughts on Luz: The Flower of Evil

ThoughtsLuz: The Flower of Evil is a film that will put up the big question about how people will see a God like figure in their world. It will follow the community with their beliefs and does make the point of showing us that we are in a modernish world with a tape recorder in the film, without going into true details. How everything unfolds is how you would imagine when questions come to discuss how the world might be bigger. This might not be the biggest movie, with how deep everything goes, but the unsettling nature of the events will leave the more to what could have been. The settings being used are great with how the isolated the community is with the beauty of nature being involved.

Luz: The Flower of Evil is on digital 26 July and Blu-ray 23 August from Fractured Visions

Final Thoughts Luz: The Flower of Evil is a spacey God fearing creation.

The Boy Behind the Door (2020) Movie Review

The Boy Behind the Door – Relentless Tension

 

Director: David Charbonier, Justin Powell

Writer: David Charbonier, Justin Powell (Screenplay)

Starring: Lonnie Chavis, Ezra Dewey, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Scott Michael Foster, Micah Hauptman, Rich Ceraulo Ko

Plot: After Bobby and his best friend Kevin are kidnapped and taken to a strange house in the middle of nowhere, Bobby manages to escape. But as he starts to make a break for it, he hears Kevin’s screams for help and realizes he can’t leave his friend behind.

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Boy Behind the Door starts when two boys Bobby (Chavis) and Kevin (Dewey) are kidnapped and taken to a mysterious home, Bobby manages to escape his situation, only to learn the Kevin is still trapped. Bobby doesn’t want to leave his friend, so looks for a way to rescue him, learning more about the house in the process.

With Bobby needing to stay out of sight, he finds himself needing to figure out the solution before it is too late, where he will need to try and hide, staying one step ahead of their captor.

Thoughts on The Boy Behind the Door

Characters & Performances – Bobby is one of the two boys kidnapped, he is the one that manages to escape, but doesn’t want to leave his friend behind. He will do everything in his power to find a place to hide from the captor, as he looks for a way to rescue his best friend, smart, tough and unwilling to give up. Lonnie Chavis does a great job in this role, he gives us a performance that show the toughness needed to survive. Kevin is the friend that has been kidnapped too, he is put though something horrendous, needing to find a way to escape, but also knowing he doesn’t want Bobby to go through what he did. Ezra Dewey does well in his role too, showing the true pain his character has been through, balancing the desperation to escape with the fear of something worse happening. The captor has been putting the kids through a torture for their own pleasure, they will do anything to keep their secret and doesn’t want to lose what they have either.

StoryThe story here follows a young boy that is looking to save his friend after the pair are kidnapped by someone that wants to use them for their own means, giving us a high-end tension filled experience. The story will leave us within the one location, as the boys don’t know how to get out of the situation, not knowing where they are and not knowing how dangerous the captor is. This will get involved in a dark subject matter, one that will leave us in shock when we see what is going on, or what the plans are, while we get to see the survival side (thankfully) where we see how the boys must look to fight back to survive.

ThemesThe Boy Behind the Door is a horror thriller that will show us the isolated location the two boys find themselves in away from anywhere they know. The tension comes from seeing how the boys need to try and stay ahead of the captor, with plenty of searching sequences, while we do get the shock moments when it comes to seeing the fights between the adult and child.

Final Thoughts The Boy Behind the Door is a horror filled with tension, while tackle a disturbing subject.

Kandisha (2020) Movie Review

Kandisha – Atmospheric Horror

 

Director: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury

Writer: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury (Screenplay)

Starring: Walid Afkir, Suzy Bemba, Bakaray Diombera, Sandor Funtek, Feliz Glaux-Delporto, Dylan Krief, Mathilde Lamusse, Samarcande Saadi

Plot: It is summer break and best friends Amélie, Bintou and Morjana hang together with the neighborhood teenagers. At night, they have fun sharing goosebumps stories and urban legends. But when Amélie is assaulted by her ex, she remembers the story of Kandisha, a powerful and vengeful demon. Afraid, upset, she summons her. The next day, her ex is found dead. The legend is true and now Kandisha in on a killing spree. The three girls will do anything to break the curse.

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Kandisha starts when Amelie (Lamusse) finds herself being assaulted by her ex-boyfriend Abdel (Lyes) leading her to summon a demon known as the Kandisha, who kills Abdel. The Kandisha doesn’t stop with just Abdel though, going on a rampage of its own, leading to Amelie needing to work with her friend Bintou (Bemba) and Morjana (Saadi) to stop the vengeful spirit.

Thoughts on Kandisha

ThoughtsKandisha is a French horror that will see a group of young women summon a vengeful spirit to take out the men who have wrong them in life, one that gets out of control as they look to find a way to stop it before it kills people they love. This is a story that will give us good motivation for the summoning to happen to start with, even if things do get out of control. Each attack does become more terrifying and horrific, as we get to learn more about what the demon looks like, with each cosmetic addition shows how deadly the demon is. The locations do feel like we are watching Candyman, with how the locations are used for added fear effect. The performances in the film are strong with the chemistry between the three leads shining through.

Final Thoughts Kandisha is a great horror that uses the atmosphere to created added effect.