Time for another review… and as seems to be the case lately here at the ol’ Litterbox, it’s another Spanish horror effort, 2010’s shaky cam cinema “faux-cumentary”, “Atrocious”. Yep…. yet another of those “shaky cam” amateur film clip things….. but this one has more to be blamed on the recent success of “Paranormal Activity” than “The Blair Witch Project”. Still…. it had better be good….. I’m still traumatized by the eye wrenching I took watching Korea’s “Deserted House”.
Our synopsis? So here it goes: “On the 4th of April, 2010, the Quintanilla family were all found murdered in their country house in rural Spain. Police reported the existence of 37 hours of recorded evidence discovered at the scene of the grisly event. “Atrocious” shows the real found footage in all its entirety.
The Quintanilla family traveled to their old farm house in Sitges, where Christian and his sister Julie investigated the Legend of the ghostly “Girl in the Garraf Woods” for their Internet Blog on the Paranormal. Both of them used video cameras to record all of their investigations of the folktale. On the fifth day after their arrival they and their family were found dead under strange circumstances. “Atrocious” shows the last five days of the lives of Cristian Quintanilla and his family and also shows the strange situations that they lived in those moments, many of which remain unexplained even to this day.”
Hmmmm…. as you know, I’m not much of a fan of these “found footage” films. Sure… they can be made on the cheap… with unknown actors… and there’s a certain quirky charm to the general idea, but usually they also share that annoying look of home movies shot by drunken frat boys on Halloween. Can’t say that makes for epic cinematography… it usually gives you a good 70-90 minutes of badly out of focus, incomprehensible footage that…. for me at least… is more a pain to watch than it is to figure out what the heck is going on. Can they be scary? Yes… but it’s a tricky bit to manage with any real success. “The Blair Witch Project” being the first of these, will always be the big yardstick against which all the followers will be measured, and although imitation is the purist form of flattery, it’s not always a good enough reason to make a film either. Will this one stand out from the rest of those clones? Guess I’ll find out…..
Now that I’m feeling a bit more frisky after last week’s bout with the stomach flu, it’s finally time for another review, and this time out it’s 2011’s Korean Ghost story, “Ghastly”, recently released on the Korean Region 3 disc. Originally listed most places as being without subtitles… **GASP!!**… I was lucky enough to find out this was wrong. It does indeed come with the usual perfect English subtitles I expect with a Korean release. Yay!! The rest? Well… Neko’s not gonna miss herself an Asian Ghost story…. no way.
Our synopsis? Try this out: “Ghastly” begins when Ka-hee (Hwang Ji-hyeon), an emotionally and psychologically damaged woman, finds a spirit medium to help her address her troubles. Her inability to give birth to a child had long tortured her, and now she will do anything to cheat that fate.
She ends up burying an orphan in a large traditional pot used to bury kimchi underground during the winter and killing him. What she gains for this merciless act is a child of her own. Ka-hee eventually gives birth to a son she names Bin, but Ka-hee soon meets a brutal death at the hands of the vengeful spirit of the murdered child.
Soon after the tragedy, Bin’s aunt Seo-Ni (Han Eun-jeong) and her husband Jang-hwan (Park Seong-min) come to live with the now orphaned Bin in his home, which is haunted and where the pot still is. Bin also starts to reveal his violent side. Is he the innocent child he seems? Or is he merely the vessel for a supernatural Grudge that lasts beyond death itself?”
Ghosts are always scary… and you know this wee Catgirl likes her Ghost stories. I do…. I really, really do!! So, with my lil’ fingers crossed for luck, I’m hoping the Koreans score well here and give me all the chills I’ve been wanting in a ghost story but somehow haven’t quite been able to find lately. Think maybe it might be the sort of eerie story you might like? Why then just “Read On” and we’ll find out together, shall we? 🙂
November marches on… and, at least for the last week or so, it feels a bit like it’s marching right over the top of yours truly. I’ve been sick……
Usually I’m a fairly healthy person. Ordinarily I shrug off exposure to things that leave others well and completely miserable, but…. when something does finally get a hold on me, it’s also just as vicious in it’s effects as anything you can imagine. I’ve been wrestling with one of those lately, and it’s added to my streak of bad luck here at the ol’ Litterbox, posting wise.
The doctor tells me it’s a “stomach bug”… something viral that just insists on running it’s own course. As it does that… it’s had me vomiting, suffering terrible diarrhea, and generally feeling achy and crappy all over. Naturally I’m not at work…. but trust me, I’m not doing much else these days either, except trying to sleep and keep something…. anything… in my stomach.
Here, on day 6, I’m feeling much better…. able to spend more than a few minutes out of bed (without my head in a bucket or my miserable butt on the toilet…) at a time…. and so I figured I’d check in and make a posting just to let people know I’m still very much alive and kicking and hoping to be back to my cheerful…. and normally healthy…. self soon with some new Reviews.
So… till then, may you all get your flu shots, eat well, and keep yourselves healthy and “Meow, meow for now”….
Time to dive head first into that big pile of Malay DVD’s that are collecting here at my apartment with a look at another recent Ghost/ Comedy, 2011’s “Hantu Bonceng”. Lately Malaysia has been very good to this lil’ Catgirl, delivering a number of simple, but solid little films that I’ve really enjoyed with a mix of supernatural hi-jinx, romance, and even a few laughs sprinkled in with the ghosts and ghouls, so I was hoping for more of the same this time out.
The synopsis reads like this: “Hantu Bonceng” revolves around Amran (Zizan Raja Lawak) a delivery boy who often races in illegal drag races. It all started when Amran wins a race and is given a girl as his prize for winning the race. The girl rode with Amran to the port but Amran’s bike was hit by the lorry after a turn in the junction. The girl died on the spot while Amran was brought to the hospital. The incident forces Amran to change as the ghost of the dead lady keeps haunting him every night. Amran feels the tension and asks his best friend Kunyit (Taiyuddin Bakar) for help.”
So… all of the usual elements are present and that bodes well, but as always… I have to watch it to find out if it really measures up. Think maybe you might want to search out your own copy? Hmmmmm? Better let this wacky Catgirl go first and tell you whether this one shines or just plain stinks…..
Another week… and Halloween loomed ever closer. Before I knew it… it both came and went…. sneaking up on me like some sort of ninja…. My busy life tried like crazy to crowd it out, but nevertheless I managed to get a chance for some holiday fun and frolicking. Although it was a near thing…..
As always… when it’s “Diary” time… you just know you’re going to have to “Read On” if ya wanna know more…..