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doomed dark atmospheric horror slowly unfolds...................
yes...it is very dark without a sign of relief or light or even luck.from the beginning the film starts with a foreboding feeling and it keeps the intensity of the dark fate of the soldiers who were about to enter the point of no return. this film is about a pack of korean soldiers given the job to go to a certain abandoned point called romeo point(r point)since there were lot of freaky unclear signals the headquarter was getting.the earlier troop vanished there and many others and they suspected that the signals were sended by them.the soldiers who didn't wanted any more war and were getting ready to go to there beloved,were obviously not happy to hear about the command to go there. it is the tautness in the surrounding from the moment the soldiers were preparing to enter to the point when they all start breaking up violently phsycologically and physiologically and start hallucinating plus hearing things and finally ending up killing each other in cold blooded cruelty and insanity,it has all the sense in the story clearly pointing out where it is going but never dragging it plot slowly and surely unfolding with the feeling of more murkiness. its so sad but irritating some people have compared it with deathwatch,dog soldiers,below and the bunker like films which doesn't has any subtle refineness to the horror and doesn't treats the subject with atmosphere.only last night i watched deathwatch and i felt irritated and bored after ten minutes...because all the time if something was happening on the screen there was so much shouting screaming and cursing going on in the background that it was very hard to define what was actually going on or hear anything properly at all.the muddled storyline doesn't ends giving clarity either.dog soldier is a typical ultra modern loud mouth horror too without any amount of refined tone to it.below is an lower than average material.compared to all these films,if you have an artistic sense then you enjoy the slow build up tension and a story which knows where it is going,then you know which film to choose and watch. perticulerly one scene where two soldiers were guarding outside in the rain and were talking to each other about there personal lives and later fall asleep...then one of them wakes up and...WATCH OUT. the other movies i mentioned were released before r point but it doesn't means that they were better than this one.Asian horror films most of the time proves they really know how to create horror. very highly recommended if you are an intelligent and thoughtful viewer.
An American Haunting (2005)
a very confused horror film on the legendary tale
i must say one thing before i say anything else further for the film and that is i have seen many bad horror films,b graded junks,films that had the potential but was wasted by someone or something and many classic horror films too,but,i cant remember when i last saw one of this type of a confused film.....or should i say superbly confused film that reminds me of no other and leaves me with no choice than calling it'THE MOST CONFUSED HORROR FILM'.
i went to see this to with my husband and he shares the same anger and confusion for it like me.when we came out of the theatre we just didn't had any words....not because we were speechless by seeing some grand movie but because we were pretty much dumbfounded by thinking what was that we just saw?what did it all meant?did it made any sense at all in the end?no it just didn't made any sense at all.it was just a confused horror film trying to put all the best elements from all the well known classic horror films like...the exorcist...amyteville horror...poltergeist...evil dead...sleepy hollow to name a few with overtly acted cheap screams and shouts plus senseless storyline and shocks.the resemblance was so clear that many of the scenes looked exactly like s duplicate taken from these films.
i have gone through the informations on the bell witch legend and for a few moments it felt like as the film started..it was going to be a slow psychological but powerful horror.Rachel Hurd Wood(Betsy Bell)is quite a pretty thing,who is haunted and Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek plays the role of her wooden father and mother who are CONFUSED?sad victims of helplessness as there daughter repeatedly gets attacked viciously night after night by the spirit (of the bell witch?)every time Betsy gets attacked the mother rather than saying or doing something practical,like taking Betsy out of her room where she gets attacked in the night... says everything will be alright...but its never alright.the family falls apart when with Betsy,John Bell(Sutherland)also starts getting attacked...and still mother repeats whisperingly...everything will be alright.such a dumb dialogues in such situations?the same situations of attack gets repeated many time with similar scenes of camera swooning from top,bottom,left and right and after fifteen minutes it becomes simply boring nonsense because the story does not goes anywhere new.from this sticky stuck situation it goes even worse when a little girl appears to be (following Betsy?)and haunting her with a wolf(who is she and the wolf?}then at the end i see Betsy's aura of spirit standing in a room facing the mirror in front of her father.it turns out in the end that the father was physically abusing her daughter all the time and the mother gives him poison when she finds out.
there were a few potential scares which could have been effective in the right hands but the directer was all wrong.the talents were all wasted badly of Sutherland and Spacek and if Rachel Hurd Wood had any,it was not shining in the movie at least but maybe thats not entirely her fault.this film just does not has any potential.
my questions are...
1]if the spirit attacking Betsy is her own spirit then how is she still alive when it comes out of her body?
2]why does the spirit attacks Betsy when it her own self?why not attack the father only who is abusing?
3]who is girl haunts her with the wolf?who is the wolf?who or where is the bell witch's spirit when all the time its Betsy's spirit attacking her or vice versa?
4]why not go simply tell her mother about her abuse rather than putting Betsy in torture in the entire film when at the end the spirit reveals it suddenly to her mother.Betsy could have done that in the first place.
5]why does Betsy's spirit comes back in the future to warn ?why not her grown self?after she recovered she got married(with her teacher who had a fancy for her) and had a happy life so she must have died old.
6]where is the bell witch in this film?who is it?if its Betsy's spirit causing trouble then as the legend goes nothing is at all similar in this film when it comes to climax.its very funny but i actually never understood at all what was the climax until i went through IMDb comments.so can someone answar my questions i still have?...i am still scratching my head with so much confusion.the questions never stop coming and this has not happened before.
for next time,i gently tell the directer that even if you are a person who is not fit to be a directer..and still want to be..and have no idea of story or originality..but want to copy..pls do it subtly so that the obvious copy of a scene does not shoes openly to the public and reminds them of better films that you can never make.that is the least bit you can do to save yourself from being ridiculed.
remember........we are the audience...and..........we are merciless.