When a couples child dies they travel to a house in the middle of nowhere with two friends to conduct a ritual that’s supposed to rid them of the sorrow. However it unleashes a demon and strange events begin to occur which causes havoc among the residents, or is guilt what’s really killing them.
From first time writer/director Ajai ‘Stitch’ starts off painfully slow, so slow I contemplated turning it off at one point. I’m sure glad I didn’t because once things start happening, it’s an ‘Evil Dead 2’ type of ride.
For a first time director, there are a lot of flaws in the film, however, Ajai makes up for them with some innovative camera moves, moody lighting, and some great dark imagery. He utilizes the impressive score to orchestrate the mood and tension in the film. The cast which features Edward Furlong, Shawna Waldron, Laurence Mason, and Shirly Brener are excellent, even though some of the dialogue was written dry or seemed forced, they push through those bumps nicely. Shirly Brener really is the star of this picture stealing away every scene she is in, especially in the demon makeup.
The makeup FX are done amazingly well with some really creepy makeups. The main issue I had with the film is the CGI. There is nothing that takes a viewer out of a movie faster than horrible CGI work. ‘Stitch’ seemed to have many unnecessary CGI shots and they are bad and I mean really bad. It’s like your watching a great movie and then your thrown into an episode of Scooby-Doo with the cartoonish graphic effects. If the CGI was better or minimized, this would be a truly amazing film.
With the CGI aside this is a great debut for Ajai, and a fun film to watch. If you’re a fan of the ‘Evil Dead’ films give this one a shot, but be patient to get to the good stuff.
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