The Amityville Haunting while I had my dinner. I didn't think I would get that review done, but it was an easy write up. I knew what I want to say about it. I generally have an idea about what to say in a review, but some films are just harder to do a write up for. For today I had time to watch Anna's Eve (2004). I was going to watch something I have here at home, but I decided to stick with Netflix movies this month. I haven't kept Netflix busy in a good while, so I think I will see how many I can get in this month. Plus see if I can actually hit double digits for once.
Anna (Grayce Wey) is a social worker who is checking up on her favorite case. She enters the house looking for either Eve (Lorielle New) or Michael, the boy she is checking up on. She eventually finds a bloody knife with a trash bag on the counter. Inside the bag is the body of Michael, with Eve missing. Eight months later, Anna is still dealing with what she found in that house. Eve is still missing, with two Detectives looking into the case. Anna's ex-husband Dr. Lam (Clint Jung) believes she should be taking some time off from work, but Anna doesn't want to do that. The case she is currently working has an abusive husband who is trying to scare Anna away, since he knows she can break up his family. On her birthday, her best friend (Angela Landis) takes her to a psychic, who ends up upsetting Anna with what she says. After running out and leaving her purse behind, Anna goes back in only to find the lady on the floor looking very scared. After Anna left, a ghost showed up, and it seems to be going after the people close to Anna. Who is she, and what role does Anna play into it?
Anna's Eve is a low budget film that was written by Grayce Wey and directed by Kantz. I wasn't sure what to expect from it going in. I didn't read up on it before hand, but there is only three pages of "reviews" on Netflix, and I say that loosely, and only three on IMDb. It is just below an average rating on Netflix, so there was a good chance I would like it well enough. After watching it, I felt it missed the mark. Anna's Eve is listed as a horror film, but there really isn't all that much there until towards the end of the film. The ghost of Michael pops up from time to time, as well as the ghost of Eve. They don't do a whole lot when they do show up, just scare people...well Eve does anyway. A confusing thing for me was people seemed to believe they were seeing Anna even though Eve and Anna had completely different hair color. This made me think it wasn't a ghost, but Anna was usually shown being with someone when this was going on. At least that is what the movie lead me to believe. When the haunting is explained towards the end, that is when things really fall apart though. Characters actions start to make no sense once we discover how things went down. To me, I thought that Anna's Eve tried a little too hard with the twists.
There wasn't a lot for special effects. Some blood here and there, but nothing major. Eve apparently looked very scary but we never get much of a look at her until the end. Even then I don't know if that is how she appeared to other people. Plus is made no sense why she wasn't haunting a certain person at all, that we know of anyway. The acting was hit and miss. Grayce Wey does a respectful job with her role, but some believe she should have researched the job of a social worker more. Angela Landis actually did a better job with her role I felt. She seemed more relaxed and open to the role. Maybe it was just the way her character was supposed to be as well though. She also provides a couple of scenes with some nudity. You can also find Chris Eckles. He may not be a real popular actor, but has been around TV shows a bit.
Anna's Eve isn't really a bad effort by those involved. Sure it could have been a lot better in more areas than just the plot, but I have had to sit through a lot worse than this. If the ending had been thought through some more, and wasn't so worried about throwing in a twist, and then twisting that as well, Anna's Eve would have gotten a better rating out of me. It was a close call going into the ending. I'm sure you know the kind of movie I am talking about, where you know the ending will make or break it. I can't really suggest this one to anyone. As I said, it isn't really a bad film, but there are just better movies out there. Unless you are curious about one of the actors, I can't see going out to get this one.
2 out of 5 At least the ghost was actually scaring people
4 days ago