Horror Story

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

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Even if Horror Story manages to spook you a couple of times, it repeats itself way too many times to be remotely effective.

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Director: Ayush Raina
Running time: 90 minutes
Genres: Horror
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- meeta, a part of the audience

For a person who has no affinity to the horror genre, Horror Story reaffirms the subconscious conclusion - they have run out of ideas. Be it a haunted house, hotel, hospital or graveyard - there is a discontent soul, usually woman who generally doesn't like people and invariably likes terrifying them. You my add hundreds of screeching musical instruments and minutes after minutes of prolonged pauses to supposedly build the suspense. And boo! Gotchya!

How many times of the same thing can you take in one film without losing patience, though? That too without any connection with any of the characters whatsoever. Your only involvement with them seems to be out of humanity. No one should have to spend a night fearing for their life.

The actors do a decent job, but there is barely any distinguishing characteristic, except that initially a few of them are more afraid than others. So, there is hardly any scope to deviate from a scared expression - across actors.

That the ghost's motivations are practically non-existent, could've been used so much more terrifyingly, but here the way it is played out completely kills it. The only thing going for Horror Story is then that despite all things mind-numbingly lame about the film, it does manage to create a decent atmosphere of claustrophobia through the film. That triggers a shiver a couple of times. Unfortunately, that's about it.

90 minutes of being locked in a theater to watch 7 people locked in a haunted hotel. I know, I have the liberty of walking out of the theater. But, some of us just cannot walk out on a movie. That's our make. And we have to bear the burden of our personalities.

- meeta, a part of the audience

14 reviewers(?) - 3 yays 6 so-so 5 nays

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Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, HORROR STORY should be liked by horror film buffs and those who relish this genre. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Vinod Talreja , Bollywood Life : ...Horror Story should be liked by all fans of the genre. Vikram Bhatt promised that the film would provide chills and thrills in the crisp one-and-a-half hour it lasts and he completely delivers on this. Kudos!... full review

Thumbs up, by Subhash K. Jha (IANS), FirstPost : ...For those who like their terror served piping-hot, this one is on top of the menu... full review

So-So, by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice : ...presentation Horror Story is sure as hell not a spookfest to give anyone wet pants, the film does pack a few good hair-raising scares... full review

So-So, Desi Martini : ... Apart from a few genuinely scary moments, Horror Story becomes a horror story for people who like a well-written script. Strictly a one time watch for hardcore fans of the genre. ... full review

So-So, by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com : ...For the hardened horror buff, this film may seem amateurish, but for the ones who are easily scared, here is a warning - leave your weak heart at home. A sequel seems to be in the pipeline, and we can only hope that the makers will concentrate on originality the second time... full review

So-So, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...Though the film has its share of chills and thrills, the climax could have used some real talent. - See more at: http://www.movietalkies.com/movies/reviews/21145/horror-story#sthash.BVAQMynu.dpuf... full review

So-So, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ...Vikram Bhatt has finally nailed it. Horror Story is a confident film.... full review

So-So, by Karan Anshuman, Times of India : ...Vikram Bhatt has finally nailed it. Horror Story is a confident film.... full review

Thumbs down, by Tushar Joshi, DNA : ... Engaging in fleeting moments, Horror Story might appeal to those who get scared easily... full review

Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...The script lacks cannily carved suspenseful moments. The characters are also not quite well defined.... full review

Thumbs down, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ... Vikram Bhatt’s expertise over the genre is impressionable but Horror Story isn’t the best of his work. The film uses too many ideas from popular films like The Ring and lacks tremendously on elaborating the writer’s imaginative bent! It is a brazenly written, uninspired work lacking originality and freshness. ... full review

Thumbs down, Now Running.com : ...Horror Story is highly unimaginative and hackeneyed and doesn't scare you at all. Watch the recent rage The Conjuring instead... full review

Thumbs down, by Paloma Sharma, Rediff : ...Horror Story borrows heavily from films like The Ring and The Exorcis... full review

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Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Typical horror style violence and gory too.
  • Language: No explicitly used abusive language.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: None
  • Concept: 7 friends venture out to a haunted hotel.
  • General Look and Feel: Usual spook reserved for horror films.

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@Meetu - I know you don't like horror movies.

Even so - I think I've found my American movie Group's Halloween Movie.... :D

@TimeEliebe "Horror Story" might just be the one for that cause. :D

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