Lucie, a young nurse, is training to work as an at-home caregiver for the comatose Mrs. Jessel. When Lucie hears a rumor that there’s treasure hidden somewhere in the old woman’s house, she enlists her friends, William and Ben, to investigate.
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From the duo who created "Inside" a few years ago, this film was surprising. The graphic violence and gore was subdued and replaced with beautiful, moody atmosphere and ghostly characters. Although still violent, at times, it felt motivated and less about the shock value. It was a fantastic ghost story (plot holes and bizarre final moment aside). Gorgeously shot and skillfully designed as well.
Belli i titoli di testa, peccato poi ci abbiano attaccato un film di merda dietro. A parte provare per l'ennesima volta che la saga di Silent Hill è l'influenza più palese negli horror degli ultimi 15 anni, non aggiunge davvero nulla essendo stato scritto dalle stesse scimmiette che fanno la manutenzione di google nel tempo libero.
Disappointing effort from these guys. If you're gonna tackle the dark fairy tale genre, you should embrace it much more fully. That 45 min set up was just too long, and the stock slasher-movie characters are not necessary at all. I still consider this a respectable effort, with great atmosphere and a couple of good set pieces, and would like for Maury & Bustillo to try again something in this line. Only much better.
Truly disappointing effort from Maury & Bustillo. Despite this they should get some credit for trying something different this time round. The problem is that their efforts do not pay off. Sure, the production design is flawless as is the visual look, but the script and the acting lets the whole thing down. I really hope the directors learn from this failure and get back to the basics and what they do best.
If the gory spectacle of Inside took from multiple periods of Lucio Fulci, the directors' follow-up, Livid, takes instead from the horror fairy tales of Jean Rollin, without the sex. Livid's photography is so gorgeous, it's tantalizing. While the set pieces are also marvelous, they don't come until more than 50 minutes into the film, making Livid 1/3 scarily poetic and 2/3 pretty to look at but not much else.
The film is as broken as its protagonists, but still pretty effective and coherent with its own logic (in an Argento's sense). A good film, but not an instant classic as À l'intérieur was at first sight.