An interesting combination of Texas Chainsaw Massacre's old rustic house/kids in peril narrative with the clockwork Gothicism of Guillermo del Toro's Spanish language works. While some of the imagery is arresting, unsettling & even beguiling, the plotting is vague & paper thin. The film does draw the viewer into its world & the relationships between characters, but squanders much of its early potential.
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.
A wonderfully atmospheric opening section and likeable lead character is thrown away because "Livid" commits the very worst horror movie sin of all -over-elaboration; in this case by giving way to a preposterous vampire ballerina storyline. That kind of thing makes me...well, livid.
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.
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.
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.