Every once in a while something odd pops up on this lil Catgirl’s radar…. and “Semum” is just such an example. Surprisingly enough, I actually do miss a few films now and again…. but not this one… Hehehehehe!!
So… anyway… “Semum” is the new horror film from “D@bbe” director Hasan Karacadag. Neko managed to catch that one, and although I’d heard about this new film, it sorta slipped past me on it’s way to DVD.
Then I heard it was out but… gasp… there would be NO English subtitles available for it. That sorta put it on the back burner for me, as I knew I’d find some subtitles for it eventually if an english friendly release didn’t come along first. But it seems the rumors were wrong…. “Semum” is available on Region 2 PAL formatted DVD and the ever so nifty English subtitles are along for the ride too. Yay!!!!
The synopsis I could find for it goes as follows: “Twenty-seven-year-old Canan and her husband Volkan have just moved into a large, new house. Life seems to continue on its routine track in the young couple’s new house until one day, when Canan starts feeling that strange things are happening to her although she cannot understand what and why. Canan gradually starts turning into an evil creature as a mysterious and malicious being takes control of her body and actions day after day. Semum, the most loyal servant of the devil, has taken control of Canan, leading her toward hell.”
So, you might ask.. “Neko-chan, what the heck is a Semum anyway?” Well, having watched this one, I’m sorta guessing it’s some type of primordial demon thingee from the dawn of time. But then again, it might also be Hell itself….. or maybe it’s Turkish for Black magic….. If you watch “Semum” you get the feeling it’s a catch-all word for a lot of Evil stuff. But don’t worry, you wont need a Turkish Language lesson to understand what’s goin’ on here. If you’ve seen “The Exorcist”….(or “Phoonk”…Hehehehe…) then you should be able to get a pretty good handle on the story.
Basically, Canan our heroine is the main victim here, seems the new dream house her doting hubby just bought has a few weeeeee problems. Firstly, there’s a pretty darn creepy gardener that lurks around making your skin crawl as he runs around burying things everywhere…. things in black plastic bags, if you get my drift…. But he’s relatively benign compared to the guy in the house next door. The one who might or might not have murdered his pretty young wife who is mysteriously nowhere to be found. The her husband kills her beloved pet cat, accidentally with his car. Squoosh!! Naturally he doesn’t tell Canan about it… he just lets her poor kitty’s absence drive his wife nuts. Oh….. and there’s a demon lurking around…. just to make things complete.
We get all the expected stuff here…. Canan sees weird stuff…. she hears weird stuff….. she has a couple of run-ins with the neighbor guy. Luckily the cops don’t get involved….. but one wonders why they don’t, it’s fairly lame and obvious that they should, especially when possessed Canan starts roaming about with butcher knives and assaulting folk. But they don’t…. Hmmmm? Must be a Turkish thing….?
There IS a psychiatrist….. (there’s always a psychiatrist in these sorts of films…) although he’s waaaay out of his depth and Canan does get some support from her best girlfriend Banu, but of course nothing really helps and stuff just keeps getting worse and worse. Then Volkan’s best friend Ali comes up with the idea of getting some serious assistance from a Muslim Mystic who can take care of crazy stuff like this. That’s way towards the end, though, and then the CGI and other effects really ramp it up for an ending that takes us for a teeny weeny peek at Hell itself. Yep. No skimping on locations here….. Hehehehe!!
The plot gets a bit complicated…. and Red Herrings abound… but I can’t really go into those without spoiling things for you. Let’s just say, not everybody is on Canan’s side and leave it at that. So was “Semum” a good time for your Favorite Catgirl Princess while she was bedridden and recovering from her bout of the sniffles?
Well, Neko gives this one a firm 3 “Meows” out of 5 for doing a really decent job of taking an old premise that’s been done to death and giving it a nice Turkish inspired overhaul. You wont be surprised at all…. and there is relatively little gore…. outside of poor kitty that is…. to be had. Still, the suspense was good, the acting well done, and it’s been a looonnng time since any Turkish film made it my way so I’m inclined to be happy with what I got from the evening’s viewing. Enough to get me looking for more newer Turkish horror films, anyway…. and that’s never a bad thing.
Naturally… there’s a Trailer to be watched…. so let’s get to it! “The Power of The Almighty One commands you!!” Hehehehe!!