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I am as disappointed to report as I am glad that I didn’t get scared once through the two hours.Read more
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
So-So, by Urmimala Banerjee, Bollywood Life : ...Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship is a good film to enjoy over popcorn. It is a sound product technically and the production will impress you. Moments from the film will stay with every horror film buff. It is a good one time watch.... full review
So-So, by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com : ...In spite of its glaringly haunting flaws, BHOOT – PART ONE: THE HAUNTED SHIP is a decent sonically atmospheric scare fest having Vicky Kaushal delivering an ‘arresting’ act. It offers something different from the routine Bollywood scares.... full review
So-So, by Monika Rawal Kukreja, Hindustan Times : ...To sum it up, Bhoot has its high and low points, but doesn’t leave you craving for more. Watch it for a good performance from Vicky Kaushal but avid lovers of the genre will go back disappointed.... full review
So-So, by Sonal Gera, India TV : ...'Bhoot The Haunted Ship', overall, makes up for the lost points too -- as it fully exploits the lump-in-the-stomach feeling -- while delivering what it initially promised. It's not a scarefest, but is pretty engaging. It also is one of the better-made horror movies in Indian cinema, and it deserves a dekko especially for that. Watch 'Bhoot' for Vicky Kaushal's stellar act, and a well-rounded psychological-cum-horror drama presented by a prominent production house -- a rarity in the Hindi film industry.... full review
So-So, by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY : ...Or even if intimate, you only wish this was a higher stakes' game, though. The wrecked ship is called Sea Bird. That's also the name of my building, where I'm going to be sleeping alone tonight. Am I feeling scared? Nope. Unless, of course, I speak too soon!... full review
So-So, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...Bhoot: Part One - The Haunted Ship manages to intermittently hold one’s attention and engineers terrifying situations, but fails to keep up throughout its runtime.... full review
So-So, by Rohit Vats, News18.com : ...That doesn’t mean you won’t be entertained. There are scenes, adequately assisted by a frightening background score, which will make you spill the popcorn. But don’t demand more than that.... full review
So-So, Outlook India : ..."Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship" might just satiate hardcore horror buffs who are game for anything that the genre offers. All others, including Vicky''s fans, would be hoping that Part Two is better crafted.... full review
So-So, by Vaibhavi V Risbood, Pinkvilla : ...Despite a huge audience for horror genre in the country, Indian film industry in the last few years has not been able to deliver a film that gives you goosebumps. Save for cinematic brilliance showered in Tumbbad, there is hardly a film on the large screen that has made people believe in ghosts or mythical creature. It is an example of what can happen if a script ideal for OTT platforms is made into a film. Will recommend this movie for Vicky Kaushal's fans and those who are crazy about horror films.... full review
So-So, by Moumita Bhattacharajee, Rediff : ...Remove the jump scares from Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship and you are left with nothing. After a point, even that stops making an impact.... full review
So-So, by Ronak Kotecha, Times of India : ...While the film’s runtime is short, the pace seems exhausting because most of the scenes are concluded abruptly, leaving you waiting for the big reveal. However, the all-important backstory isn’t convincing enough to make your wait worth it. For a horror film, ‘Bhoot Part One the Haunted Ship’ falls short of sending chills down your spine. At best, it can give you a few spooks.... full review
Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...In few words, the present BHOOT is not even close to what we experienced while repeatedly watching Ram Gopal Varma’s BHOOT in packed halls more than 15 years back. Not qualifying for even a comparison, this certainly would be a tough watch on the online platforms too among the choice of much superior horror content available on a click. Frankly, this BHOOT should have also directly released online saving us from the torture in theatre, just like Dharma Production’s DRIVE.... full review
Thumbs down, by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice : ...The first-half does have a few touching moments showing Kaushal’s Prithvi grieving for his wife and daughter who died in a raft accident. But the second half moves from the raft to a scare-inducing craft on a ship that looks almost as deserted as the theatre where I saw Karan Johar’s silly scare attempts.... full review
Thumbs down, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, BHOOT: PART ONE – THE HAUNTED SHIP suffers from a half-baked plot and a flawed narrative which leaves viewers confused. The end result is completely unconvincing, barring a few scenes that provide some chills. At the box office, it will be rejected by the audience. Disappointing!... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, Deepa Gahlot : ...At some point, Prithvi is introduced to Dr Joshi (Ashutosh Rana), who is a scientist, bereavement counsellor and exorcist rolled into one; he goes about with a device that could be a spirit detector, and when need be, can chant mantras as well as the next tantrik. Vicky Kaushal wears one glum look, which does not differentiate between sorrow and dread.... full review
Thumbs down, by Riddhima Kanetkar, DNA : ...Watch it for Vicky Kaushal as he breathes life into the character he plays, gets better with every film, however, it would be easier to go ahead and watch Uri: The Surgical Strike again. At least then your 'josh!' would be high.... full review
Thumbs down, by Madhuri V, Filmi Beat : ...On and all, Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship is a big disappointment for horror film lovers. The film is dull and doesn’t live up to expectations. We give 1.5 stars out of 5 to Vicky Kaushal starrer, Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship.... full review
Thumbs down, by Vibha Maru, india today : ...Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship is drape and dreadfully boring. The film is produced by Karan Johar, who recently directed a segment of Netfllix's Ghost Stories, another gigantic failure.... full review
Thumbs down, by R.M. Vijayakar, India West : ...If you do watch a film to be spooked, go back to “Bhoot” circa 2003. But if you want to just have fun laughing at a horror film, this one’s just for you. Sad, because if some hard work had been done, this one would have been a “Wanted” ship.... full review
Thumbs down, by Shalini Langer, indian express : ...The ghost takes its while dying, leaving a glaring and bloody opening for a sequel. (Dharma, dipping its toes into horror, has promised a horror franchise, which is fertile territory given the dearth in Bollywood.)... full review
Thumbs down, by Umesh Punwani, koimoi : ...All said and done, Bhoot: Part One – The Haunted Ship is somewhere between a ‘Halloween’ & ‘Amavas’ and it just can’t ‘creep it real’. The genre lovers might find some moments to hold on but that’s about it.... full review
Thumbs down, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...Bhoot: Part One - The Haunted Ship isn't an overlong film but, unfortunately, it takes next to no time to lose its rudder. Only the very, very faint-hearted will find its jump scares worth the din that surrounds them. For the rest, Bhoot: Part One is akin to a ride on a stranded ship. You start at point A and end at point A and, what's worse, with a headache you could have done without.... full review
Thumbs down, by Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.in : ...The set-up is promising, as are the atmospherics, but the Seabird’s mysteries turn out to be more banal than intended. The absence of a strongly plotted emotional undertow to convey the idea that personal loss can lead to a never-ending nightmare of literally monstrous proportions results in a half-full vessel that makes some noise.... full review
Thumbs down, The Hindu : ...Kaushal evokes the inner torment with requisite gravitas. All other characters, however, are there to serve the plot than getting individualised in any manner. The most problematic is the explicatory second half which takes the film back a full circle to the conventional, tacky horror films and TV shows we have been used to watching complete with “Hreem Kleem” Chamunda mantra like solution to tackle malicious spirits. Our ghosts are still much in need of a compelling update.... full review
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