I forgot to add that there was a plus about yesterdays movie Creepies. It did introduce me to a new music group. I'm not sure how well I like this group yet but from the couple of songs that could be found in the movie, I thought they were pretty good. I have never heard of them but for a small band, I enjoyed them. If you want to, you can check out Manda And The Marbles and see for yourself. On the other side of things, I found out there is a Creepies 2. What could they possibly have been thinking? I sure hope it isn't as low budget as the first movie but somehow I believe that it is.
Today's movie would be Bewitching or B-witched (2001) as it is listed by IMDb. Took me a while to find it since it had a different title under IMDb and I have found very little about it on the net in general. It is one of the few movies that has no comments about it and has only been rated by 14 people so far. Netflix rates it low but at least over 400 people have rated it. Only 9 comments about the movie though, so to say people don't think to highly of this film is an understatement. Is it really that bad of a movie? Yes and no. I don't think to highly of it either but I felt with some twinking, maybe it could have been a better movie.
It starts with a woman running away from another woman, getting knocked out and almost getting her heart cut out. The police show up just in the nick of time to save the woman and shoot the woman with knife. The story then picks up with Melissa (Shana Lane-Block) who is a college student doing the drama school thing. Melissa and her friends are putting on a very short, and I do mean a very short, play. After the play they are told that it is in very bad taste. The short play is about a woman being accused of being a witch. Melissa's friends include her boyfriend Derek (Will Burke). Sherry (Alexandra Scarborough), who Derek has been messing around with on the side. Greg (Michael Maples) and another guy that isn't credited on IMDb. There is also Natasha (Sunny Lombardo) who is a bit of a goth girl.
Melissa goes scouting around for some place to hold her play and finds a run down theater where the woman with the knife was killed. Of course she doesn't know this but the cop who shot her, now retired, is still hanging around and warns her off. It wouldn't be a horror movie if Melissa actually listened so she buys the place. Turns out the woman, who we find out is a witch, is still haunting the place. When Melissa finds a book that belongs to the witch and reads from it, she returns to the living and right away starts killing people.
For a movie that is all of 67 minutes long, not a whole lot happens in it. They do set up the characters a little bit so we can get to know them. We see a couple of people getting killed before the witch comes back to life here and there. When the witch does come back it feels rushed since this part of the film only lasts around 10 minutes. Some blood to be found of course but it really could have used and effects person to take it up a notch. What is there isn't really bad, just not enough to help set the mood they were after. The acting could have been better of course but for a low budget movie it wasn't to bad.
There were two things that really bother me about Bewitching besides the length of it. One was the sound. At times it was hard to hear the actors and other times I couldn't believe how loud it could get. It was like it went from one extreme to the next, sometimes within the same scene. The few times the witch spoke, she would do so in a weird way. You would hear her in the low sounding voice and then a second or two after she started saying her lines, you would hear the same lines being repeated in a louder voice. At first I thought it was kind of neat but it ended up being annoying. The other thing that bothered me some was the editing. When the action gets going, the editing puts a bit a damper on it. The witch grabs one of the guys and pulls him towards her and the next thing we see is the whole group, including the guy that got grabed, running out of the room. It made things a little confusing at times. Maybe that scenes wasn't the editing but the way it was filmed. Either way, it could have been better.
One other little problem, the film looks very grainy at times. I think Bewitching is this way through the entire film but it's not so noticable until there are a lot of shadows or a night scene. So, Bewitching is hardly the best film out there. I just felt that if they had extended the story a little and added some more effects, then maybe, just maybe, it would have been a good little movie.
2 out of 5 Keys to the eyes has got to hurt
3 days ago