Signs of a good horror film
- Sleepless Nights
- Fear of somebody lurking at the backseat of your car
- Feeling there's always somebody standing behind you
- Images of the ghost flashing in your mind as soon as you close your eyes
Signs of a bad horror film -
- Yawns during the film
- Unintentional humour while a scary scene is going on
- Post-film jokes on how cakey the ghost appeared
As I walk out of the screening of Vikram Bhatt's latest horror offering Horror Story, I try listing down the reactions that horror movies should draw if they want to succeed at the box-office. The Conjuring clearly fell in the first category as it tried playing the psyche of the audience and shattered the one secure pole we all have in our minds - that of a mother!
But Hindi film industry is far from learning what it takes to make a good horror film. How else can you justify the feeble attempt at spook-fest Horror Story? The movie thrives on the same old technique of a haunted hotel, a ghost wandering around in the dark and a group of reckless, adventure-junkie teenagers facing the most horrid time of their lives.
Horror Story is about seven college friends Achint (Nishant Malkani), Maghesh (Ravish Desai), Samrat (Hasan Zaidi), Maggie (Aparna Bajpai), Neena (Radhika Menon) and Sonia (Nandini Vaid) who in order to bid farewell to Neel (Karan Kundra) enter hotel Grandiouse, which is sealed for years knowing the fact that its haunted.
Just like the lax and uncreative title, Horror Story provides barely any innovation in the genre. There's hardly anything different from what you have already seen in the countless spooky films that find their way to the theaters.
The movie relies on tripe situations like the group has to enter the hotel despite receiving a cliched prior warning from a suspicious man. Moreover, instead of roaming in a group one person always has to say, "Stay put, I'll go watch the way out," and the next thing you know he is dead.
The least said about the acting the better. Although the only relief this time around comes in the fact that despite being trite, the film at least doesn't get ridiculous. Even the production quality is kept in check and fortunately you do not see cakey faces.
To sum it up, Horror Story is highly unimaginative and hackeneyed and doesn't scare you at all. Watch the recent rage The Conjuring instead.