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Movie Roundup: 14/12/2009 December 14, 2009

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.
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I haven’t got a chance in the last few weeks to catch any new flicks in cinemas, so I thought I’d start writing regularly about films (both old and new) which I do catch on DVD every now and then.

1) Orphan (2009)
Directed By: Jaume Collet-Serra
Cast: Isabelle Furhman, Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard

“There is something wrong with Esther” – Indeed!

Quite a few people touted this to be the next horror cult flick but the box office returns weren’t that encouraging for this one. In any case, this is a thoroughly creepy flick which had me entertained throughout. It’s a nice take on the “Evil Child” genre which works for its novel premise and most importantly the “evil child” herself – played to perfection by Isabelle Fuhrman. There are times when it looks cliched but proceedings are quite gripping with the scares and laughs coming in at the right times. It’s a must watch for horror movie fans looking for something different.

2) Joshua (2007)
Directed By: George Ratliff
Cast: Jacob Kogan, Sam Rockwell, Vera Farmiga

I happened to watch this just a few days after Orphan and the first thing which strikes you is that Vera Farmiga is again playing the mother of an “Evil Child” and incidentally in both the films she happens to the first one to have suspicions about the child (not to mention in both the films the child inflicts immense psychological mayhem on her that she is moved to an asylum in both cases). Joshua never attempts to be a horror flick like Orphan but is an intelligent thriller which is quite creepy nonetheless. Again, a lot of the film depends on the child protagonist – played by Jacob Kogan who is excellent. Worth a watch if films in this genre interest you.

Also, don’t blame me if this movie changes the way you look at children again….

3) The Mist (2007)
Directed By: Frank Darabont
Cast: Thomas Jane, Laurie Holden, Marcia Gay Harden, Toby Jones

Would you rather be eaten by B-movie monsters or ritually sacrificed by an End-of-Days religious cult? That pretty much sums up The Mist. It sounds rather silly but Frank Darabont does indeed deliver a commendable entertainer. It’s part horror-comedy and part social-commentary packaged in a B-Monster movie format. Strongly recommended.

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