Saturday, February 13, 2016

Time To Play With Dolls

I wasn't sure what to watch for my instant watch selection this time around. Netflix has been a little weird in showing me which films I have in my DVD queue can also be found on instant watch. Sometimes it shows a play button, but most of the time it won't. On the rare time it did show the button, I discovered that Para Elisa (2012) had been added to instant watch. I had added it to my saved section of my DVD queue after seeing a trailer for it. It wasn't available on either instant watch or DVD at that time. Since I have been curious about it, I decided now would be a good time to check it out.

Ana (Ona Casamiquela) is looking for a job after she can't get money out of her mother for a trip everyone she is graduating with is going on. Her boyfriend Alex (Jesús Caba), who doesn't come across as a very nice guy, spots a sign and calls the number for her. Ana finds out that the job is for a nanny for one kid and figures it will be easy money. She heads off to meet with Diamantina (Luisa Gavasa), an elderly woman who seemingly hits it off with Ana. They talk about what Ana is going to college for, about her daughter and even plants. Eventually she takes Ana to meet her daughter Elisa (Ana Turpin). Elisa turns out to be somewhere around Ana's age, but she acts much younger. Soon though, Ana finds herself trapped there and is now Elisa's doll.

Para Elisa is a movie from Spain and was written and directed by Juanra Fernández. As I said, I was very curious about Para Elisa once seeing the trailer. It reminded me of a cross between Misery and babysitting, which is pretty much what it ends up being. There was a scene dealing with legs that especially reminded me of this combo, even though it was done a bit differently. The movie is short, clocking in at 75 minutes. Throw in some long credits and end credits, and it becomes even shorter. The story takes its time to build up despite the short run time. I was fine with this, but felt more time could have been added to flesh out the characters a bit more than was given. Fernández does a good job giving us some details, but it still would have been nice to have gotten more. Once Ana becomes captive, things were surprisingly tame, at least to me. Diamantina and Elisa aren't right in the head obviously, and I think Elisa truly wants to care for someone, not hurt them. With this being a horror movie though, you know that isn't going to work out. Elisa has here moments where she flips out and becomes violent, but I guess I was just expecting more of than than we are given. Alex, by all accounts, isn't a nice guy at all. Even the police seem to know he isn't. Because of this, it was a big surprise to see him leading the charge to try and find out what happened to Ana. Since the story is taking place over one day and night, no one believes Alex that his gut feeling of something bad happening to Ana is true.

There isn't too much to be found as far as special effects go. All violence, what little there is of it, happens mostly off screen. We do get to see a severed arm and some makeup to show some hammer blows, but that is as far as things go. Some blood to be found, as you can see from the movie poster above, but again, nothing major. Personally I thought the acting was well done by all those involved. Gavasa and Turpin do a wonderful job as mother and daughter. They made it easy to suspend my disbelief and get into what is going on in the story. Casamiquela's acting was just okay at first, but I felt it improved over time.

A lot of people put down Para Elisa because they felt that Ana made a lot of bad choices once she was being held captive. In truth, Fernández made sure we knew Ana makes a lot of bad choices. I mean, we learn that she is somewhat into drugs, dating her dealer, and for the most part puts up with Alex who sleeps around and threatens damn near everyone he meets. Even so, I'm not sure what some folks expected Ana to do. Could Ana have gone on her own murder spree? Sure, but how often do you actually read about that in real life? Besides, it is a little too easy to do that for a film. I didn't find Para Elisa to be a great film, but I thought it was better than average ratings on both IMDb and Netflix show it as. Not by a lot, but still better. While this is a messed up story line, it could have gone even further with that to have really stood out. Perhaps worth checking out if you can watch it on instant watch.
3 out of 5 I would make a great looking doll!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Revenge In White

I got a newer computer at last. Now the game I upgraded for doesn't want to download for me, go figure. I went ahead and downloaded a different game, which is taking a good while. Since I didn't have much else to do, I decided to go ahead with watching my next movie and at least get started on this review. I thought about watching a movie for my other blog, but decided not to at the last minute and popped in White Lady (2006) instead. Since I don't really know of any horror movies coming out in the theaters, I figured I had better take my time with the movies I want to review over there.

Pearl (Pauleen Luna) and her best friend Jonathan (Gian Carlos) are the new kids at college, having moved there from their homes in Ilooilo. Pearl is interested in singing, so is taking classes that deal with that. She eventually meets Mimi (Iwa Moto), a snobby rich girl, and her group of friends. At first, Pearl seems to get along with them, but then she falls out of favor with them when she learns that they picked on a girl there which drove her out of school. Jonathan still hangs with the group though, which ends up driving a wedge in their friendship. Then Pearl meets Robbie (JC de Vera), who quickly falls for her. While all this is happening, Pearl keeps hearing stories about a lady dressed in white who is supposed to be haunting the school. Soon after meeting Robbie, Mimi's group of friends start to have bad things happen to them one by one. Fearing the white lady is after them, they look for ways to help themselves. Pearl learns more and more about Christina (Angelica Panganiban), the girl Mimi's group picked on, and more about Robbie.

White Lady, directed by Jeff Tan, is the second film from the Philippines that I have watched now, I think. It is easy to lose track of how many films I have watched from different countries. Anyway, I didn't care for this one a whole lot. It was a bit confusing at first, but it did get better as it went at least. I made sure the subtitles were on before I started, as I figured I would need them. The subtitles ended up being something I didn't care for at all. The translation of things didn't make a lot of sense at times. It was easy to tell this because I could get the gist of what was being said by what was happening in the scene, like Robbie asking if he could sit next to Pearl ended up being something completely different according to the subtitles. The subtitles would sometimes stay on the screen for a long time, and at other times I would just notice it had come up before it would disappear. I know I missed more than a few words. Outside of being very annoying, the subtitles weren't really why I ended up not liking White Lady. I don't know much at all about the Filipino language, but there was an odd mix of that and English present. I couldn't understand what was being said, without the help of the subtitles, the majority of the time, but I would catch one word that would be in English in the middle of it sometimes. Then there are times when they speak in English or Filipino and then switch for no reason that I could figure out. As I said a little while ago, I found the plot a little confusing at times when it started. The white lady was mentioned here and there, but wasn't part of the plot for a while. It was mostly about the relationships that were going on. Eventually we start getting into the revenge aspect of the story. It was around this time that I thought that White Lady started to improve.

Even though the story was improving, the effects were not. As far as I could tell, all effects were done using CGI. None looked all that great. Some was done to add burns to an actress, while some of it was to add things that wasn't there...like a lot of big rats. No actual gore effects to be found. The acting seemed to be okay to me. Iwa Moto had the spoiled rich girl act down very well. I thought that Pauleen Luna's character was going to the shy type, and she is slightly, but she isn't afraid to stand-up for herself either. While I thought Luna does just fine with her acting, it was more her character that I liked.

White Lady is apparently based on an urban legend in the Philippines. I haven't actually looked into it to see how close it is, but from a thread on IMDb, it sounds like writers took the revenge aspect of the White Lady legend and re-worked it to fit their story. This was a little disappointing to find out, as I like finding out about urban legends from other countries. Anyway, White Lady does seem to borrow a little bit from other films. The one that stood out to me the most would be The Ring. The way the White Lady walks reminded me a lot of Samara. While this wasn't a completely bad film, as it did get better eventually, I still couldn't give it my average rating. It comes close, but there are just too many things I didn't care about it to put it there. For the curious perhaps.
2 out of 5 I wouldn't be caught dead in all white

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Never Trust The Government

I've been chugging along with reviews so far this month. I haven't set any records doing so, but at least I have been in the mood to watch and write about them lately. I went out Sunday to check out the movie Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. If you are wondering about that film, check out the review for it. For here, it was time to check out something that I had recorded on my DVR. I went the oldest horror movie on the list, which turned out to be The Atticus Institute (2015). I don't remember if I caught part of it and decided to record it, or just noticed it being a horror movie and recorded it. Either way, I'm very happy to have done so.

A group of researchers, headed by Dr. West (William Mapother) are trying to find someone with real psychic powers. The have a small lab somewhere in Pennsylvania getting mixed results so far. They find people with seemingly minor abilities and some hoaxes. That is until Judith (Rya Kihlstedt) walks in. Right from the start they know that Judith is something special. Everything they test with her is off the charts. But then they start to realize there is more going on and they have to call in some help from the government.

I was really surprised by The Atticus Institute. Writer/director Chris Sparling gives us a movie shot in a documentary style. The film is set in present day with the premise that no one other than the government and those who worked at the lab knew why the lab had mysteriously been shut down back in 1976. Now things have been declassified, which is why the documentary is being made. This is basically split into two parts which jump back and forth. You have the present and film from 1975-76 from the events that are being talked about. Different actors are used for each, which doesn't always work since they don't always look a lot alike. Still, the footage that is supposed to be from the 1970's looks like it is from that time period. Sparling also has an eye for detail when it comes to the set and clothes. It was all well done and just added to the sense that this was a real documentary. That is what really grabbed me and the story kept me into it. I found the story very interesting actually. It starts off giving us a bit of a history lesson on the Institute itself, as well as a bit for the people working there as well. There is a lot of talking in the present day stuff, as one would expect. Some seem to have hated that, but it really only makes sense and the majority of the time, the stories being told had to do with the overall plot. There are some that went a little too long, specifically one about a paperclip. There are also some questionable choices that get made here and there as well. The only thing I didn't like about the documentary style was that a couple of key people from the past are never interviewed. The two people are in most scenes from the past, which makes their absence all the more noticeable in the present footage. It was a pretty big give away that something was going to happen to those characters.

There wasn't a lot for special effects. Most goes towards things moving on their own and stuff like that. There are only two gore effects to be found. The first one wasn't too bad looking, but the second one was pure CGI and looks very bad. It stands out even more because it is in the 1970's footage. The acting was very well done by everyone I thought. There was a time or two when the actor over did it a bit, but I felt that didn't happen very often. Rya Kihlstedt did a wonderful job with her role. While she doesn't always say a lot in her scenes, she really sells a lot of her scenes with facial expressions. You can also find Sharon Maughan, Harry Groener, John Rubinstein, Julian Acosta, Lou Beatty Jr., Anne Betancourt, Hannah Cowley and Aaron Craven.

When the government gets involved with what is going on, the story got a bit more interesting to me. I know that the government experimented with such things years ago at least, so this was like a "what if" story by Sparling. What if the government actually found someone powerful? What would they do with that person? The Atticus Institute is hardly the perfect film. There were things I didn't care for at all, but at the same time...I enjoyed it a lot. I haven't said so, but it is easy enough to find this out, it is a different take on the possession film. This isn't a movie for everyone, as there seems to be plenty of people that didn't care for it, but I loved it. I went ahead and took it off my DVR, but I am planning on buying it sometime. Well worth the watch if this one sounds like a good movie to you.
4 out of 5 The things I would do with such powers

Saturday, February 06, 2016

The Alphabet Movie Part Two

I got my computer back yesterday, though I'm thinking it still needs upgraded. I got my new graphics card working fine, but a game I was wanting to play still doesn't like the card. I don't get why, as it checks out but is still rejected for some reason, but it is what it is. Anyway, I wanted to get my next movie in, as I have been in a bit of a movie mood lately. Since I had my computer back, I decided to go ahead and watch my next instant watch movie that I had planned on watching last round. It was now time to check out The ABC's Of Death 2 (2014). I had heard good things about this one, so was looking forward to checking it out.

Once again directors were given a letter from the alphabet and then given complete freedom to come up with a short. I won't be going over each short, as there as just too many, but I will go over a few I liked and didn't like. I didn't find The ABC's Of Death 2 as great as others did, but overall, it was the rare improvement over the original.

The ABC's Of Death actually starts strong with A Is For Amateur directed by E.L. Katz. This one shows us that the life of a hitman isn't all that it is cracked up to be, It was equal parts serious and funny. I enjoyed this one mostly for that reason. Kind of weird someone would have that much trouble, but it was a bit funny and the ending really sells it.

B Is For Badger directed by Julian Barratt is about a reporter trying to do a report about badgers being killed off by a nuclear power plant near by. The joke is on him though. This one doesn't show much, but it was still a fun one. I was a little disappointed that we never see the badger, if in fact that is what was in the ground, but it still works. The effects here are well done and a bit on the bloody and gory side.

C Is For Capital Punishment directed by Julian Gilbey was about a town who believes a guy is guilty of murder and decide to take matters into their own hands. This was the first short that was completely serious in tone. Not to say the other shorts before this one didn't have a story, but this one felt more like a complete story. We don't learn a lot about the situation that we find the guy in, but there was just enough to move the story forward. It has a cool story to it, and the effects at the end are just icing on the cake.

O Is For Ochlocracy directed by Hajime Ohata was about former zombies putting people on trial. This was perhaps one of the more original zombie movies I have seen in a while. Wasn't much as far as effects go, though there are some good makeup effects to be found, but the story was really cool. I don't want to give too much away since it isn't very long, so will just leave it at this.

R Is For Roulette directed by Marvin Kren was also another interesting story. Three people are in a basement. Two are lovers and there is one gun along with one bullet. Why this is going on is really what the story is about. This one is slightly gory, but nothing real bad. The reason for them being there is revealed at the end. This one also goes against the norm and is filmed in black and white.

S Is For Split directed by Juan Martinez Moreno is about a husband and wife talking on the phone. They are doing so because the husband is off in another country. After talking for a bit, someone comes to the door. It turns out to be someone wearing a mask, and they are armed with a hammer. While still talking on the phone, the husband tries to make sense of what is going on in his house. This one was a little gory, but again, it is the reveal at the end that really sells it.

Z Is For Zygote directed by Chris Nash is about a pregnant woman who is eating some kind of herb to delay the birth of her child. The husband leaves to find a midwife and suddenly 13 years pass. You will just have to see this one to see where it goes from there. I liked this one a lot just because of how weird it is. It gets somewhat gory, and a bit disturbing in the process.

Actually the last half of the film had some really good shorts in it. There were some that just missed the mark for being great, mostly because they were a big confusing. K Is For Knell directed by Kristina Buozyte starts out really interesting, but by the end of it I just didn't get what was going on.D Is For Deloused directed by Robert Morgan is a short that I just didn't really get until I read what someone had to say about it here online. It helped me make a lot more sense of it.

A couple of the shorts I didn't care for at all are H Is For Head Games by director Bill Plympton is an animated short that just did nothing for me in the end. The other was P Is For P-P-P-P Scary! by director Todd Rohal which also did nothing for me in the end. From what I read, it was supposed to be a comedy, but I just didn't find it funny.

I would give The ABC's Of Death 2 a higher rating, but I felt there were a bunch of average shorts in this one that balanced out the good ones. Actually there are more shorts this time around that I really got into, and fewer that I thought of as bad. There is that at least. As I said above, this one was better than the first go around of 26 shorts. Much more worth your two hours of time it takes to get through them all. There is some really good shorts in there, so get to them if you haven't already!
3 out of 5 T is for terrible reviews!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Everyone Should Fear This House

I have my PC in the shop hopefully getting upgraded right now, which didn't look good after today but there is still hope I think. Since I'm stuck with my laptop, there isn't much for me to do on it. I hate playing games and stuff on it, so I just decided to watch my next movie and get into the review for it. The next movie I decide to watch is Fear House (2008). I've had the DVD from Netflix since November so it is about time I got around to it. I might have to skip an instant watch movie if I don't get my PC back soon. The sound on this thing isn't the best, but I might try it.

Horror novelist Samantha Ballard (Aleece Jones) buys a house in the middle of nowhere thinking it will be a good place to write her next novel. Nine months pass and apparently no one has heard from Samantha during that time, and the guy who sold her the place is also missing. Her brother Anthony (Matthew Stiller), his girlfriend Fiona (Olivia Price), Samantha's agent Mortimer (Matthew Montgomery) and Eva (Meredith Barnett) the daughter of the guy who is missing, are all heading to the house to find out what is going on. The just happen to pick the same night that Samantha's husband and his new squeeze are also showing up to get Samantha to sign divorce papers. Once they are able to fine Samantha, she is completely out of it. Eventually she comes around and starts warning everyone that the place is haunted and that the house won't allow anyone to leave. Of course no one believes her until someone does try to leave and dies in short order, supposedly by their greatest fear. Will the others escape, or suffer the same fate?

Fear House is a low budget film written and directed by Michael R. Morris. There isn't much of a setup to the story. We see a couple in the house who meet an untimely end without knowing who they are during the credits. I guess this is to show us that the place is in fact haunted so that we believe that once Samantha starts with her warnings. This was poorly shot and has made some feel like turning it off before it ever got started. It almost seemed like a dream sequence the way it looks, but I don't think that was what Morris was going for. From there, there is a short scene with Samantha buying the house and then suddenly it is nine months later. There is no explanation as to why Eva is riding with the rest of the group, but I assume they had been in contact with her and agreed to meet up before driving to the house. One would think the police would have checked the house already, but whatever. From there the story gets a bit confusing. Samantha eventually gives us a history to the house which may or may not be true. The only thing we know for sure is that there is some kind of curse to the house that prevents people from leaving...alive at least. As you may know, I'm fine with a film that leaves the explanation open for us to decide what happened, but I felt Morris dropped the ball with this story trying to do that. The pacing is a bit on the slow side and since we don't know any of the characters, it is hard to care about them. On the plus side at least, I did like that at least some of the characters seemed to have more than one fear.

I was starting to thing that there wouldn't be any special effects to be found. The very first death, for our main group anyway, is a bit bloody and does have some makeup involved. After some other deaths that are bloodless, we do get into a few gory deaths towards the end. Some fingers get cut off and then a head, The fingers are a bloodless deal, while the decapitation doesn't look all that great even if it is the bloodiest scene in Fear House. There is also a very crispy person that does look gross but also a bit silly looking as well. The acting was okay at least. I did like Kiersten Hall who played the new squeeze a bit. She has a small role but I still liked her in it. I also liked Olivia Price in her role. Price and Matthew Stiller are the closed we get to main characters.

I think that the story by Morris could have been better if he had bothered to do some explaining before diving into the meat of it. Why did it take nine months for family to come look for Samantha and the guy who sold her the house? If it had not been nine months, how long had they waited then? If Samantha could not leave the house, how was she getting food? Not only that, but even Anthony becomes confused as to what was real and what wasn't, even though we see the ghosts of those who may have been made up. It wasn't the best story which was the main reason behind my rating. I admit that I may have missed a little here and there as I did struggle to keep myself from dozing off. I wasn't really feeling tired before watching Fear House, but I started feeling that way after a while. This wasn't a complete waste of time, as there was some things I did like about it, but it wasn't anywhere near the best out there.
2 out of 5 My fear wouldn't be chained to a chair...depending on who did it

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Such A Sad Island Part Two

I've struggled a little bit to get through my last couple of reviews. Not that I wasn't really in the mood to write, I just had some other things going on that I needed to do. I don't think I have updated the reviews I have done at my other blog over at Top Horror Movies Club, so I will take the time to do that now. If you are interested in reading my thoughts on The Forest, The Boy or Goodnight Mommy then just click on the links. It has been a couple of months since I have done a book review now. I started reading Castle Of Sorrows by Jonathan Janz back in November. Not being able to read everyday, and the small print, made this book last a lot longer than I had intended. Up until this book, I had been getting through a novel in roughly a months time.

Set roughly a year after the events is The Sorrows, Ben Shadeland finds himself married to Claire and is now a dad to a baby girl. He finds himself in a awkward place because people want answers to what happened on the island. The FBI has gotten involved, having sent a couple of agents to the island already and had them disappear. Christina Blackwood would like to know what happened to her son other than knowing that he died. A mobster, who Christina's son owed money to, is looking to get his money from the Blackwoods and has been having his men watch Ben. Knowing no one will believe the truth, Ben hasn't been straight forward with anyone so far. Ben is also living in fear, because he believes Gabriel isn't done with him and his family just yet. This turns out to be correct when he returns home one night to find a slaughter in his house, and his baby girl is missing. Knowing everyone wants answers, he convinces the three agents assigned to him to take him to the island. Learning of this, through a private detective Christina has hired to get her answers, Christina also puts together some people to head to the island. The mob guys are also planning to head that way as well, seeing a way to get to Christina. Ben just wants to find his baby girl, but knowing how the island uses people, will he be able to?

I was pretty excited about Castle Of Sorrows when I first heard of it. This is the first sequel that Jonathan Janz has done, and I believe has has another in the works for a different book, I was happy to see that he did pick The Sorrows to write a sequel to since that was the first book I had read of his, not to mention the first book that was published. Having now read it, I left it feeling a little disappointed with it. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed Castle Of Sorrows, just not as much as I hoped I would. Some characters return, but Ben gets the spotlight the most out of those characters, which is what I was expecting. Janz also introduces a slew of new characters. I was prepared for this, since not many of the characters survived the first book. Knowing Janz over six books, not including this one, I figured we would get a good amount of background on these new characters...which we do. My main problem with this story is that there wasn't enough of Ben. Maybe I'm wrong, but it honestly felt like more time was spent getting to know the new characters instead of telling us the story of Ben getting his daughter back.

In the first story, I didn't mind getting to know all the characters because they all had the same common goal of surviving what was happening on the island. That same common goal is here as well, but there is the added element of Ben trying to find and rescue his baby daughter. It isn't that I didn't care about the new characters, but I wasn't expecting so much time to be spent on them. There are some very good backstories to be found at least. Brooks, the detective, has an interesting one. Jessie, one of the FBI agents, also has one. The island, or Gabriel to be more specific, plays off of and uses a persons past against them so it makes sense that Janz would give us as much of that as he could.

To my surprise, not even Gabriel is in the story much. I know he is controlling what is happening, but I was expecting him to have an actual appearance lots more than he did. Janz even provides a character who is very interest in Gabriel in order to prove he is real, only to have him disappear for most of the story once on the island. It has been a long time since I read the first novel, but I'm pretty sure Gabriel was in the first novel more than this one, and we learned way more about him. I found that a little odd since Janz made a character just for that it seemed.

I did enjoy the human factor that Janz brings to the story. As I said above, there are some very good, and dark, backstories to be found. There are also a couple of twists along the way, mostly dealing with Jessie and another character. The characters that make up the mob are pretty scary in themselves actually in what they are willing to do, which sounds like anything at all. The story ends up being very dark at times, which is why I did end up liking it. With this being a sequel, it qould help to have read the first book. It doesn't rely on what happened in the first book a lot, but it does bring it up from time to time so might be confusing if you haven't read that one. If you like stories where the characters have a lot of depth to them, you really should check out Janz's novels. I may have been slightly disappointed with Castle Of Sorrows, but I'm still very glad I got around to reading it. I'm starting to catch up with Janz's books, though there are some that can only be found on Kindle and the like, which I haven't picked out yet since I don't know for sure where mind is since I moved. I have one more book I can read, but it will have to wait as I am reading a sports book (of all things) at the moment and then have another horror novel I want to get to first. Anyway, if you enjoyed the first book, you will likely like this one as well.
3 out of 5 Could there be a third story in there?

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Dark Side Of Abuse

I had planned on watching the next ABC's Of Death movie for my instant watch selection, but then I noticed that Dark Touch (2013) was about to be taken out. I was trying to decide if I wanted to go ahead with this one or not when Emily posted her list of the best movies she watched last year. You can read the entire list here if you wish. Dark Touch not only made the list, but also ended up and number one. That managed to seal the deal for me, I was going to watch it next, and obviously I did. I don't know if I would rank it so high on a list, not that I ever make any, but it was very much worth the watch.

Niamh (Missy Keating) is having a lot of trouble at home. She finds her way to the neighbors house one night obviously scared. Nat (Marcella Plunkett) and Lucas (Padraic Delaney) try to help her and discover her tongue has been cut. While they try to figure out what happened and get some answers, Niamh parents show up (played by Charlotte Flyvholm and Steve Wall) and wisk her away without any really explaining anything. Later, Niamh hears her baby brother crying and finds him in the hall. Awaking her dad, he gets mad at Niamh, thinking she did something wrong. This triggers something, and the house comes alive. Stuff seemingly start moving on their own, which ends up killing both her parents and her baby brother. Feeling bad and still wanting to help, Nat and Lucas decide to take Niamh in. Being a horror movie, you know that is a big mistake.

Even though I have been hearing great things about writer/director Marina de Van, this is my first time watching one of her movies. Dark Touch grabbed my attention early on. It has a great opening that puts you in the middle of things right away. While the movie does slow down a bit after the deaths of Niamh parents, de Van still manages to keep things interesting by inserting things the raise the tension a little at a time. Set in Ireland, Dark Touch deals with child abuse, and also, what we perceive as abuse and how we deal or don't deal with it. Even though the film deals with these issues, they are never spoken in the film itself. What Niamh's parents have put her through isn't always well defined, but we get the gist of it well enough. We also get that at least the adults we deal with in the movie understand that something bad happened to Niamh, but never seemingly want to deal with it. There is one exception to that, but even she doesn't really do enough. Dark Touch deals with all this in a dark way, which I think is part of why I latched onto it as much as I did. Another nice thing about the story is that nothing really gets explained in words. There are plenty of hints along the way, and while not everything is easy to figure out, I think there is enough information there to figure everything out. There wasn't all that much that I didn't like about this one. The pacing was well done, with things never getting too slow. The only thing I could say I didn't care for much was a couple of kids who side with Niamh disappear for the longest time before becoming somewhat important to the plot again.

There wasn't much as far as gory effects, but there was enough. The bloodiest comes somewhat early with the blood coming out of Niamh's mouth, and then shortly later with her parents being killed. The effects look good at least. While some didn't like Dark Touch or the acting, I felt the acting was pretty strong here. Missy Keating was spot on. She doesn't get to say a whole lot at times, and some complain she has two acting styles: being scared and sad. While some can still appear happy in an abusive situation, others can't. Not that Niamh was given any real reason to act happy anyway. Marcella Phunkett and Padraic Delaney also do a good job, though I was getting frustrated with their characters at times.

I haven't really talked about it too much yet, so lets do so now. It wasn't clear if Niamh was the cause of things moving on their own, but we knew it had to do with her since it only happened when she was clearly upset. This provided some weird scenes, which only got weirder when she realizes she can somewhat control it. This also leads to some down right shocking moments towards the end. It was all the more reason for me to love this movie. I get that it will be compared to the movie Carrie just because it has the same plot line, more or less. That film does touch on abuse as well, but I thought it was handled differently here. If you are like me and had not checked out Dark Touch yet, you really should if it sounds like one you would be interested in. It isn't for everyone though, as the low rating on IMDb highly suggests, which personally I just don't get. I'm very much looking forward to watching this one again.
4 out of 5 Hoping Niamh will be back