1920 Evil Returns - Review
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My usual problem with horror films made in the Bhatt fashion is there seems to be no underlying theme other than revenge. Given that, the story is predictable - good vs evil spirit. Scary faces and noises scaring the daylights out of badly made up women, some loophole hocus-pocus and ta-da evilness of the spirit is taken care of. With 1920 Evil Returns, there is no revenge per se, but the premise for the spirit to be evil is so lame that revenge looks like at least a plausible reason for nastiness.
The buildup towards the mystery of what might be the cause for Smriti's (Tia Bajpai) situation is slow and relaxed. While the mystical way it is done in is just about alright, it crumbles down within a few minutes and a voiceover reading out a letter, in a very unengaging fashion. And like one would expect, the writers don't seem to care what causes the spirit to cause so much harm, as long as they get to write down their contorted imagery of a haunting spirit.
The imagery though is brought out well by the combination of Tia Bajpai, the special effects team and the make-up artists. Aftab Shivdasani is appropriately restrained and confused, thus expressionless and Vidya Malavade is extremely superficial in expressing herself.
Tia Bajpai on the other hand, must have been exhausted mentally, physically and maybe even emotionally after some of the scenes in which her character is possessed. But then, when she is not possessed, Tia's dialogue delivery is annoyingly honey-coated. So much so that you wished the parts where she was possessed were back, at least then you can feel sorry for her.
Anyway, for a person who likes the thrill provided by horror, the last half hour of 1920 Evil Returns might be well worth the time spent on the film. To me it was just the disgusting kind of gory.
However, I did like the basic concept of the evil spirit taking advantage of its body's sudden death and the means it uses to express how much hatred it feels inside. But too little too late. Those are concepts that can actually be explored in another story.
I also liked how the possessed is out in the clear right in the beginning and there is no time spent in building up that aspect of the standard evil-spirit horror film. But, the writers got lazy and just wrote a turn of events which brought everything back to square one. Such a shame, again.
Creaking doors, background music that builds up and climaxes, extra sweet, innocent lady possessed by a evil spirit who just won't let go - yep these and many more standard ingredients of a horror film trying hard to scare. It doesn't really scare, but it does get repulsive in some parts.
This review is by guest reviewer meetu. meetu is a Chartered Accountant and an MBA but she’d rather not keep books or run a business. She deployed her analytical skills to reviewing movies instead and, along the way, rediscovered her sense or humor. Doing this she is to exploit both her love for movies and writing. She thinks it is unfair to narrate the story of a movie in a 'review' - unfair to the makers, the audience, and the reviewer (not challenging enough). So, she took it upon herself to write reviews, "Without Giving the Movie Away". meetu also blogs at http://minusi.com/.
- Violence: Very violent and gory too.
- Language: clean but potentially scary.
- Nudity & Sexual content: a couple of liplocks.
- Concept: Possessed Good vs evil spirit
- General Look and Feel: Gray and blue. Dark and serious.
1920 Evil Returns - Movie Details
- Official Sites: Facebook YouTube Wikipedia IMDB
- Banner: BVG Films, ASA Production and Enterprise Pvt Ltd
- Producer: Vikram Bhatt
- Director: Bhushan Patel
- Lead Cast: Aftab Shivdasani, Tia Bajpai, Vidya Malavade
- Story: Vikram Bhatt, Amin Hajee
- Screenplay: Vikram Bhatt, Amin Hajee
- Music Director: Chirantan Bhatt
- Lyrics: Shakeel Azmi
- Costume Designer: Nidhi Yasha
- Facebook Page: Link
- Running time: 130 minutes
- Reviewer: meetu
- Language: Hindi
- Country: India
- Genres: Horror
1920 Evil Returns - Trailer
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