Alison Lohman Christine Brown), Justin Long (Clay Dalton), Lorna Raver (Sylvia Ganush), Dileep Rao (Rham Jas)
Directed by Sam Raimi (A Simple Plan)
From IMDB: A loan officer ordered to evict an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse, which turns her life into a living hell. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.
Although I listed the very serious and respected A Simple Plan as Sam Raimi's directing credit, this film has more in common with his cult horror classics Army of Darkness and The Evil Dead, which starred His Royal Highness of B Movies, Bruce Campbell. But because it was also a film meant to scare the pants off of folks, I had to watch it by myself. Keven refused to come near it. Wuss.
That said, OMG gross! This film is, in a word, disgusting--in the best, most entertaining sense. I cannot stand horror films like Hostel and Saw, where the hideous torture could actually be played out in real life. Give me monster movies any day, back to Alien and forward to modern classics like 28 Days Later. This one sits in an uncomfortable middle ground between what I enjoy and what I can't stand.
Alison Lohman played a painfully desperate character. She is desperate to fit in, desperate for the approval of her boyfriend's family, and eventually desperate to survive. The subtlety of her descent into crazytown is well done, particularly as she moves into kitty-killing self-defense mode.
Justin Long is a cutey. Sure he's the Mac guy, but I've always liked them skinny, pale, dark-haired, and nerdy.
But there is a reason why this movie took me more than a week to watch. I caught snippets in 20-minute bursts over several days because holy crap, it was disturbing. As opposed to other creature films...this one didn't do it for me. Maybe the unfairness of Christine's situation was too difficult to stomach. The whole set-up seemed like entrapment. She didn't deserve having to go through this horrorfest, and the "bad things happen to good people" vibe made me uncomfortable. Sure apocalypse movies like 28 Days Later are predicated on such a concept, but I didn't like seeing it played out in an everyday situation.
Perhaps that's a win for Raimi. He made me supremely uncomfortable, especially when psycho gypsy woman gummed the heroine's chin and puked puss into her mouth. And possessed goats. And projectile eyeballs. Ew. My "ew" moments outweighed my enjoyment. Maybe Keven had the right idea after all.