Fifty Shades of Terror 2019: 50 Reviews of Black & White Horror Films

This book contains 50 reviews of horror movies shot in black and white. The reviews are sorted from the last position to the first one. The ranking of each production is established by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, emotions evoked, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

Muse

A painter's life is forever changed when he summons a mythical and deadly spirit.

 

France
Spain
Ireland
Belgium
2017
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Legend: 
Myth
Object: 
Painting
4
Artsy
5.04
4
6
4
1
1
2
Performances
Pace
Plot
Muse celebrates visual art and painting, more precisely. Ironically, it’s poorly lit and could use some color. What it lacks, cinematographically, it compensates for with its mindfucking storyline. When you have a limited budget, a small cast, and are telling a vague story, you kind of need a stylistic approach. This film is complicated and not for everyone.
Now, I can imagine indie filmmakers having a good time watching this. If you see this purely for the thrills, though, wait until that headache is gone; it will only get worse. Muse is well-made and quite imaginative, but it gets you scratching your head. It’s a drama and it does turn into a horror movie eventually. Just be patient. It is dialogue-driven and slow.
While Muse deserved my attention, I kept wondering what I was watching. It kept holding back. It felt like nothing substantial happened for a while, and then I landed in the third act realizing that I didn’t get a hook, a gimmick, and that I probably wouldn’t get a twist. It should be noted that Muse is based on Leanan sídhes, legendary vampire-like creatures of Celtic folklore.
Alternate Titles: 
Musa
The Almanac of Terror 2019: 89 Years of Horror Movie Statistics

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