Bhoot: Part One - The Haunted Ship

wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)

quick review:

I am as disappointed to report as I am glad that I didn’t get scared once through the two hours.

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Director: Bhanu Pratap Singh
Running time: 120 minutes
Genres: Horror
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Even as I watched the trailer, I had to distract myself with questions. Why do good actors need to take up horror films? Don’t they know it makes the film more difficult to watch? Why don’t we see more of Bhumi Pednekar in the trailer? Is Bhumi Pednekar the haunting spirit? Why do good actors need to take up horror films?

Yes, yes I know, it looks like the film has only the normal amount of spooky tropes and the quality seems to be not novel either. See the question comes again—why do horror films need to be made at all?

With true trepidation in my heart, I shall walk into that theater, come 21 February 2020.

- meeta, a part of the audience

Is it possible that I have overcome my resistance to horror films? Or is it just a film that wasn’t horrifying enough? I will go with the latter. And that I am desensitised to jump scares. On that note, can a jump scare even be called one, if you are expecting it? Every single time. Even the times it is going to be, “nothing.”

The unravelling comes too late and happens too fast.

You can’t fault the performances. They are exactly the kind you would associate with well-made horror films. Of course, Vicky Kaushal is as reliable as ever. Even the supporting cast is restrained in its act. Apparently though, good acting is not enough.

Neither is the appropriate use of silences. I always thought the background music associated with horror films is a big spoiler and distracts from the experience. Instead, silence is more horrifying. Bhoot carries no background music in most of the scenes that attempt to spook—especially in the first half. Yet, the build-up just doesn’t suck you in.

The narration would be to blame. Like most horror films, Bhoot builds up and builds up to the point of boring you with scenes that don’t look very different from each other. Like most horror films, Bhoot also tells you the real story in a quick 15-minute sequence towards the end. The unravelling comes too late and happens too fast. It doesn’t help that this story is the same “spirit” hocus-pocus—like most horror films.

If there’s nothing new, I don’t see how a horror film is expected to engage? Let alone creating intrigue for part two.

- meeta, a part of the audience

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Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: The horror kind of violence. And murders and suicide. A man beating up a woman. A man being tortured.
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: A couple making out. Mention of rape.
  • Concept: A guilt-ridden man encounters a spirit
  • General Look and Feel: Dark, grim.

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Running time:
120 minutes

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Oh, Meeta -- maybe you should hand this one off to one of your other contributors? You don't enjoy horror movies - don't subject yourself to this.

I know, right! But have no one to cover, so you got to do what you got to do. I have a feeling horror films get a rating more than what they are worth because I scare easy.


If you don't like horror, please don't watch the film and hand it to someone who does not mind horror or better, someone who likes horror.

Because you will end up giving it a bad review and people who like the genre are going to read your review and some will make up their minds.

Every genre should be watched by either a neutral person or someone who likes the genre. As most of the people interested after watching the trailer are going to be horror buffs and you coming from a pre-determined negative perception is not fair.

Wogma, I would suggest you avoid the review if you don't have any other writer. A lot of effort is put into making a film, and it is not fair to the public or the makers if someone is forced to watch a genre that they don't like.

@Khu I have given this a lot of thought.

Being unbiased would also mean I shouldn't watch genres that I like because that would mean I go with a pre-conceived positive notion.

I totally respect the time and effort put in by the film-makers. So, most times, if I am stuck between two ratings, I go for the higher one. If it were not for them and their effort, I wouldn't be watching any movies at all.

Also, I respect that my choice will not match my readers' choice. Which is why, I write my reviews such that the reader knows why I didn't like or like the film. If they think their ideas match with mine, they should go with my rating. If they think my reasons are not good enough, they take the opposite call. I have explained this in detail here--

I have realised there are two genres I dislike--horror and adult sex-comedy. The latter, I know there is zero-to-negligible chance of me liking it, so I skip it with the reasons given in a note on the movie Horror though, I know I don't like because of the creepiness it creates inside me physically. So, if I get that feeling, it means the movie is well-made. And I rate it accordingly.

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