wogma rating: Switch channels if it's on cable (?)
With next to nothing happening in the first 70 minutes and a disgustingly horrifying last 20 minutes, Bhoot Returns pretty much yells 'don't watch me'. Even if the aim of the film is to disgust and horrify you, the approach it takes doesn't make the film any more palatable.Read more
Another comeback by a lead actress from a decade or so ago. This time it's Manisha Koirala. She picks the horror genre and we have no less than Ram Gopal Verma directing the film. Very interesting combination, I say.
A mother who is afraid of her daughter because the daughter seems to be possessed. Interesting concept too. The trailer also suggest that they have avoided the usual trappings of a horror film that can break the film. It does look like a reasonably horrifying film.
But, then again it is Ram Gopal Verma. Just because I am hoping against hope that he won't torment with tight close ups and pounding music, he is unlikely to keep them at bay. I am so wary of the extra dimension at his disposal. I am all game to get scared even though I don't enjoy horror, but I don't want to be annoyed by a dominant department of film-making. However, I guess, at least this once they are used in the right genre.
One thing that does bother me about any horror film involving kids is the effect that might have on the child artist. Is it fair to them? Is it fair to their childhood, to have them know of concepts way beyond what is appropriate for their age? Are they at the very least protected and well taken care of psychologically during the making of the film? It is almost impossible for me to keep that nagging feeling away while judging how I liked the film.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Just the experience of watching a film like Bhoot Returns in the theater is annoying, where the audience is so sure of having come for a comedy film masked as a horror film that it can never stop giggling. Save a few minutes in the the last quarter of the film there wasn't a minute of silence in the audience. Continious chitter-chatter and/or laughter was on because of what was happening on screen or rather because of what was NOT happening.
The plot barely moved an inch in the first half. Night turned into day and day turned into night, with the nights getting longer but the material stayed pretty much the same. The attempt at replicating the Paranormal Activity effect again was superficial and quite plainly didn't work.
While days passed, the dialogue was outright hilarious because it was so inane. While some of it might have been intentionally comic like say the hide-and-seek sequence, but it looked all too silly. For a change though background music, albeit loud, had been used a little differently and created a tiny bit of tension. The use of 3D on the other hand, was rather comical. It was employed either to give a wide-angle effect or to make items in the foreground obstruct the view to things/people in the background.
While Manisha Koirala did a decent job of being scared, her character Namrata is disturbingly not your standard loving mother. Even if a mother is self-centered, it is difficult to imagine her yelling at her child who is so obviously in need of help.
The rest of the cast was just about okay but the dismal tele-marketing kind of dubbing for Madhu Shalini was extremely distracting. Not to mention, the only reason for her existence in the film seemed to be to add some X factor, for there's nothing she, as the possessed child's aunt did that either parent couldn't have done.
Personal judgments and role definitions aside the much advertised horrifying climax was a bit too uncomfortable to digest. And maybe that was exactly the aim of the film – to make its audience uncomfortable at the very thought. Yet, it makes me sick to even think that there might be people out there who are okay with what the conclusion implies. My usual complaint about having child artists play roles of possessed humans stays though, I guess, I can be relatively relieved that it is kept down to just one sequence which was not that intense either.
While one can thank Mr Verma for keeping the film short at 90 minutes, the re-return of the Bhoot seems imminent. And that, I am certainly wary of.
- meeta, a part of the audience
So-So, by Latika Payak, Bollywood Life : ...All elements – creaking doors, scruffy dolls, footsteps in the night – that make a horror movie spooky are right there. But the spook quotient fades after you see the same moves night after night in the haunted bungalow.... full review
Thumbs down, by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...This review will be as much of a bare-bones affair as the film in question: Bhoot Returns is scarey in the first half, but fails to add a single new dimension to the old new-occupants-in-a-haunted-house tale.... full review
Thumbs down, by Samreen Tungekar, Bolly Spice : ...The story develops in the most predictable and tedious manner. While the duration of the film is only two hours it somehow feels much longer.... full review
Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, Deccan Chronicle : ...You watch the house. You see the little girl. The camera turns into another mad angle. The sound hits you on your head. The same sequence gets repeated. You wade through the hollowness.... full review
Thumbs down, by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini : ...what you see is Rgv's tribute to the props in movies. He is the only film maker who gives so much importance to props in his movies. They are almost like characters.... full review
Thumbs down, by Kanika Sikka, DNA : ...Bhoot Returns is missing the the scare factor and, god forbid, if you watch it with an audience that is easily tickled, you may not enjoy even the high points of the movie.... full review
Thumbs down, by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in : ...here is no Dum in this film what-so-ever, except for the sheer power of the torture this movie succeeds in giving you with its 90 minutes of mind-numbing boredom. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...In an interview he gave me two weeks ago, Ramgopal Varma said he thinks horror films "should never have a story". According to him, an ominous setting alone can do the trick. That’s pretty much all he’s willing to offer in Bhoot Returns... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubra Gupta, indian express : ...But that and the occasional scary moments are offset by predictable writing and pedestrian acting by all its protagonists ( including Koirala on the comeback trail) except for the little girl, who does her job effectively. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Aakash Barvalia, MoviezADDA : ...The screenplay of 'Bhoot Returns' was decent enough to engage the audience in the company of its scary quotient, but sadly the sequences were becoming stretchy enough to toned down the excitement level.... full review
Thumbs down, by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters : ...Varma manages to replace his usual ear-shattering background music with nothing but the sound of a clock ticking. That only reminds you of all the time that has passed in this film without a single scary thing happening. ... full review
TheVishalDureja: Enjoyed the Day ! Saw Bhoot Returns in 3D :D.. so scary man !!
ShaikhTamanna: Watchin Bhoot returns again...& cant believe its givin me chills agains...Hatts off to Manish Koirala's performance so spontaneous !
devakatta: Bhoot returns was a very engaging & chilling experience. A bit surprised at the low scoring reviews
SwapnilPwagh: Bhoot returns jst timpass
PreetiTalks: Bhoot returns: Really very awful story and acting. But amazing 3d effects...
zarjis31: Bhoot Returns is yet another dull gem in Ram Gopal Verma's everlasting Hall of Shame....:P
ZainSkh: Why does Bollywood even make a horror movie bhoot returns total flop
VinaySuper: saw BHOOT RETURNS, very slow pace and too long moments of silence !
Vedansh7: Bhoot Returns is the most fuckng horror movie ever seen ..
sweetdame27: Bhoot returns is da most pathetic movie... No content.. Even a kid can made a better movie.. RGV hv u lost it.. A big no no..
shalabh_agg: bhoot returns: RGV cannot make a movie bad than this one,
sandy_giri73: Dreamum wakepum= bhoot returns in theaterum... Horribly madepum...amusingum...leaveum theatereum...enuff saidum"
saimadcharm: Bhoot returns pakao!!
rohitbhangale: Bhoot Returns ... a strict no no...
piyushrajsaxena: Bhoot returns... :-D Less horror more comedy. Puri movie 6 artist ne to kardi. Good sound effect but failed to make a fear imperssion. Lol..
PiyushMishra_: Gosh i commited a big blunder last nite,watched bhoot returns,still tryin to figure was i suppose to be Horrified..:O
pareekaishwarya: Sir Bhoot returns s horrible.disgusting..pehle aapna direction sahi kijiye phir kisi great elder actor k bade me boliye..
pannkajt: Bhoot returns 3D review Dumb...Disappointing...dead.
nomi08: Bhoot returns because indian ghosts always fail to scare. #RIP Horror.
KrunalBhalja: If u watch bhoot returns, you will be scared but thats because you will be the only one in the theatre! #PatheticRGV
khyati_91: Worst muvi of d year..#Bhoot Returns
jeetbasu: 'Aiyya' loud...messedup..disappoints! 'Bhoot Returns' less said the better..phew! Torture!!!
IrelandManoj: u r breaking records for the worst films . now bhoot returns . who is giving you all this shitty stories .
ingloriousankur: Bhoot Returns, Fear is still missing
HtNaMuS: It seems rgv dont even have a professional camera to shoot his bhoot returns.. Ppl plz sponsor .. :-P
gauravhassija: The genre of bhoot returns should be changed from horror to comedy. The movie was no good at all.
CrackpotCrumbs: That awkward moment when your dreams r scarier than rgv's bhoot returns
ashukr1234: first horor movie at theaTer is bhoot returns and it is totally rubbish..... i think ramu can go to hell with shabbo.....
aru_nav_das: Why isn't @RGVzoomin making films like Satya instead of making Bhoot Returns? This man's graph has gone down from good to worse.
anisa_316: Bhoot Returns is absolutely rubbish. How is it even in the horror category when there was nothing scary in there -_-
angry_sperm: best comedy film..: BHOOT RETURNS...
amritahaldipur: "Aiyyya. Bhoot Returns. Bhaago. Instead, let's fly to the theatres to watch Makhi" - my reaction to this week's releases.
ameya0: Bhoot Returns what a comedy :P =D #RGVneedstolearndirecting
Akkimundhada: Bhoot returns sucks.....
adityasavnal: Bhoot returns is better than Department. But that is hardly a consolation
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