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The teenager Shelby Johnson is the daughter of Officer Dan Johnson and best friend of her schoolmate Becca. One day, Becca proposes to Shelby to build a spirit box and make a séance. They contact their former mate Emily D'Angelo, who committed suicide in a lake, and she tells that she was murdered but does not give the name of the killer. The two girls investigate the case leaving Shelby's father Officer Dan Johnson upset. Soon they find a suspect and Shelby has a great surprise. "The Spirit Box" is maybe the best episode so far of Fear Itself, with a cast with Martin Donovan, Anna Kendrick and Mark Pellegrino. The creepy and tense story has a surprising plot point and a good conclusion. My vote is seven. Title (Brazil): "The Spirit Box" Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
What about your dad? Why didn't you tell him?
What do you want me to say? "A talking pizza box told us that Emily D'Angelo was murdered and now whoever it was that killed her is threatening me."
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Rob Schmidt, the man that gave us Wrong Turn and an episode in Masters of Horror gives us an episode in Fear Itself. The main actresses are Jessica Parker Kennedy, not known in the genre only for Decoys 2 but she gives a great performance. Also great is her opponent Anna Kendrick, better known for her part in all Twilight flicks. The storyline is very simple, being teenagers and bored they are searching for kick, it's Halloween so what could you better do than playing with an Ouija board. We all know by now what could happen by doing that and indeed a ghost appears. But for me this is the only episode so far were the use of the camera is done in an excellent way. Not the usual wide lens zoomed in to give a deformed creepy look, no frog shots, no, for example the way he filmed the swimming pool is excellent, it's all in blue and we know blue is the color that has the most difficulty to use due the appearance of noise. Very simple, watch some VHS and watch the color blue...back to the episode. Before you know it you are at the end of the episode. Even as there is no blood in it it is the suspense that makes it, and the simple shot at the stairs, won't spoil it, the focus on his face, well, that's creepy and well done. To conclude, here we have an example that you don't need blood to give it a horror feeling. Build your movie up towards the end. Okay, I admit, the real killer, easy to see who it is but still, this could almost equal, sigh, Masters of Horror.
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