I feel I should start out this review with a little PSA: If you scare easily, do not allow your vindictive gorehound friends to sweet-talk you into going to this movie. It ain't frickin' Gothika. It's a horror film made for horror fans by somebody who knows what he's doing. It will scare the living sh*t out of you if you're not properly desensitized to this type of thing. And for the rest of us? It's still effectively scary! I jumped in my seat, I laughed a lot, I thought I might vomit a few times -- to sum it up, I had a fantastic time. This is the measure of a successful horror film, friends.
Of course, you'll have some hang-ups (why doesn't the gypsy curse the entire bank, all the way up to corporate as well? And there's a scene where the evil could easily be eliminated but someone like, slips, basically, and the entire opportunity is over, which was enraging. And why do gypsies get to be in charge of Hell anyway? These were just a couple I had), but the movie wastes no time getting started, and it sprints at such a break-neck pace until the end that you don't have the time or inclination to dwell on them. Another nice thing? Alison Lohman has an unrealistically perfect love interest (Justin Long), because it's a Hollywood movie so of course she does, but he actually serves a purpose and is a key part of the plot. I know, crazy, right? There isn't an inconsequential character or moment wasted in the entire thing (even Lohman's kitten serves a damn purpose), and the plot is unabashedly simple for all the right reasons and refreshingly non-convoluted.
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