Categories: 2000s, recent, ghost, murderer, haunted house
As expected, this film is visually stunning but not scary at all. If you go into it thinking it’s more of a fantasy drama, you’ll be a lot less disappointed. It’s about a girl who falls in love with an older, creepier guy who has a very possessive sister. They move into his old, creepy house and she soon discovers the secrets of the family and their ghosts who dwell in the house. The ghosts have this smoke surrounding them like they’re on fire, and they’re so over-processed and digital looking; it sucks all of the horror right out of the image. I’m reminded of the black CGI blob in House on Haunted Hill, and Hades from Disney’s Hercules. Del Toro has made a few fantastic films, but he really hasn’t got a grasp on how to build tension and make a movie truly scary. I mean, I appreciated the originality of the story and the costumes were breathtaking, but it just didn’t work as a horror movie.
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