For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Horror Films, here’s a review of Bhoot a Bollywood Horror (2003) by Darren of Movie Reviews 101
Thanks again to Jane of 500 Days of Film for choosing this month’s interesting (if not uncomfortable for me) genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Prime Six. He has chosen another unique genre for this coming month. We will be reviewing our favorite Realistic Films.
Here’s his interpretation of the genre:
We all put reviews in for films we think are realistic, for example Gravity has real physics behind it and Saving Private Ryan is a realistic depiction of war.
To be clear, not ‘real’, not a true story or documentary. What comes to mind when you think of the most realistic film you’ve ever seen? So Fast and Furious and Comic book films are all (mostly?) out.
It’s a weird topic, not even a genre, more of an opinion but I think it could be interesting.
A few examples just so we can have a good idea and get the ball rolling
David Ayer crime stuff
Watchmen could have an argument
Rambo 1 / First Blood perhaps
12 Angry Men
There’s a huge range of genre’s covered by this topic, clearly. It could be interesting to see what people define as ‘realistic’ in Hollywood – they’re not right or wrong because it’s opinion based.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Sep by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org Try to think out of the box! Great choice Prime Six!
Let’s see what Darren thought of this movie:
Director: 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.