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Where the Devil Hides (2014)
A good horror film that could've been amazing.
"Six girls are born on the sixth day, of the six month, which is told to complete a prophecy in which one of them will cause the fall of the world. To protect her cursed child, a mother murders her and kills herself in the process. Now all grown up, the girls are being picked off one by one while one of them named 'Mary' begins to have horrifying visions. Is this the work of the devil or of the abusive elders that rule over the community?"
The Devil's Hand is one of those films that I desperately try to enjoy but find myself so conflicted because it is ruined by one of the most frivolous endings of all time. The set-up is good and the film definitely has some great scares, but it is watered down in violence, masked by a ridiculous teen romance sub-plot, and has two VERY weak actors. I honestly really find myself deciphering how to feel because there are some scenes that are AMAZING and show social commentary on topics like religion, murder, and isolated communities. Then the ending comes around, and it lets all of that to rot and becomes full on supernatural. At the end, it turns out that Mary's mother who was shunned for belief that she practiced witchcraft, had personally desired her daughter to be "The Devil's Hand". Mary is soon overcome with the evil, killing her boyfriend and goes to New Bethelem, destroying everything in the process. Then, in a full on bloodbath, she brutally murders the elders. It's just so...silly. Especially her final line.
Anyways, it's very upsetting that this was such a huge let down. I'm sure if they kept the ending out and changed it, it would have been great.
Gone Girl (2014)
Dark and Mesmerizing, "Gone Girl" is more than a "better lifetime film"
Nick Dunne(Ben Affleck) returns home from "The Bar", a local pub owned by him and his sister, to find his wife Amy Elliot Dunne(Rossamund Pike) missing. As police investigation looks further into the case, Amy's disappearance becomes a country-wide issue when disturbing evidence begins to point towards her husband Nick. As more evidence rises against him, this once "perfect" man is now being seen as a disturbed sociopath as everyone asks him the ultimate question: Did you kill your wife?
In probably one of the most disturbing movies of tbe year, Gone Girl explores the definition of "marriage" and what leads to a corrupted one. Nick and Amy are seen as the perfect couple, picture-perfect and rich. However, this quickly changes. In the matter of 5 years, Nick and Amy become incompetent of maintaining this marriage as we see Nick unravel as an evil, lecherous man through Amy's eyes and thought.
Most people seem to judge the performances in this film, especially Ben Affleck's as Nick, but in my opinion, he did an amazing job of picturing Nick. His evasiveness towards Amy's disappearance, his naivety towards everything and most of all his arrogance/ignorance towards Amy. While I don't want to completely spoil Amy's character, I will say this: She is one of the most well crafted, and deceiving sociopaths ever created in film or literature. Her horrifying interpretation of revenge and marriage is disturbing yet fascinating at the same time.
While Gone Girl is most definitely not for everyone, it is truly an amazing film. It is dark, incredibly well acted, a faithful adaptation, and most of all, it try does deliver. Lifetime movie? I think not.