#Horror (2015) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Tara Subkoff
Starring: Sadie Seelert, Haley Murphy, Bridget McGarry
Rated: UR/Region A/2:40/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory
You’ve got followers… cyberbullying goes offline. #Horror follows a group of preteen girls living in a suburban world of money and privilege. But when their obsession with a disturbing online game goes too far, virtual terror becomes all too real. Chloë Sevigny (American Horror Story, American Psycho) leads an ensemble cast that includes Timothy Hutton (American Crime, The Dark Half) and Orange Is The New Black’s Natasha Lyonne and Taryn Manning. This chiller, inspired by a shocking true story, is written and directed by actress/designer Tara Subkoff (The Cell, The Last Days Of Disco).
I can’t say I’m shocked with what I got going into #Horror. I must admit I was told over and over again by people I value the opinions of that it wasn’t that good, but I still held on to some hope that it would be better than everyone else was saying and that maybe they just didn’t “get” what this movie was doing. Well, I must not get it either after having watched the movie for myself. We watch a group of annoying teens/pre-teens (whatever age they are) and their even more annoying parents folly around and attempt to be interesting to very bad results. A good chunk of the first part of the movie is spent watching these darn girls be annoying young girls. Yes, some have issues, we do see some kills, but nothing really grabs you and holds your attention. The adults here are often over-acting and while it might seem like something fun to see, it never does get that way. The over-acting just adds on to what we already have to be annoyed with. I also have to say that while I do appreciate something different and the whole game angle this one takes is a bit different, it just falls a bit flat given how it all plays out and works into the overall plot. #Horror could have been fun, but sadly it isn’t very much fun at all. I went into it hoping for the best and we do get a bit of mystery, but I’m not sure it does enough to keep you hanging on long enough for even that to unfold.
We do eventually get away from the young girl drama and childish antics and roll along into some honest to goodness slashing. Those moments would be the only real moments of value in my opinion, but by that time too much damage seems to have already been done. Maybe some of the teen actors have some qualities about them from an acting point of view, but it doesn’t help their characters enough and it doesn’t help the movie enough. The movie might try, but the movie fails and I’m not sure it even fails in an entertaining way that still warrants someone seeking it out just to see how bad it is. The movie doesn’t look awful from a technical side of things, even if a lot of grain can be seen in darker scenes. That could be the best thing anyone can find to say about the movie overall. If you’ve heard bad things about #Horror, I’m sad to say that about everything you’ve heard negative is probably true. You can’t hate on someone for trying something different, but you can toss some shade in their general direction for mixing that different idea with such an uninspired and bland overall package.
– Reversible Cover
Quality of Transfer: 90%