This book contains 66 reviews of plausible horror films, 66 reviews of supernatural horror films, and 66 reviews of surreal horror films written and ranked by critic and blogger Steve Hutchison. Each description includes five ratings (stars, story, creativity, acting, quality), a synopsis, and a review. How many have you seen?
Against the flow
Believe it or not, there are scarier things living in the water than sharks. What if water itself was the enemy? The nature of the antagonist remains a mystery for a good while. It is so off-the-wall that it can disappoint if the intention was to scare. The film is thirty minutes too long and should’ve been closely edited. The script wasn’t tight enough to start with.
The creators sometimes resort to heavy compositing to compensate for practical effects the budget won’t allow. This is an ambitious script, but it could’ve used more care. Now, like good magicians, the writers are drawing our attention to their left hand, where we expect one thing, and sucker punching us with seemingly unrelated subplots with their right fist.
Whoever was in charge of location scouting did a bang-up job. Most of the action takes place in and around an apartment complex with vast swimming pools. There’s water wherever you look, and it makes you want to dive in. Ultimately, this film is way too complicated. There are two or three stories in this, and only one is worth telling. Our time is spent in all the wrong places.