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It's young Lucy's first day as a trainee in-house caregiver. She visits Mrs Jessel, an old woman who lies in cerebral coma, by herself, in her large desolate house. Learning by accident that Mrs Jessel, a former dance teacher of repute, supposedly possesses a treasure somewhere in the house, Lucy and friends William and Ben decide to search the house in the hope of finding it. At night, they get into the house, which reveals itself to be increasingly peculiar. Their hunt for Mrs Jessel's treasure leads them into a horrifying supernatural series of events that will change Lucy forever..
Livid is a beautifully shot French horror film from Inside (2007) writers/directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo. It is worth mentioning film editor Baxter who has been cementing himself as a great French horror film editor, I am sure his expertise contributed to the ethereal look of the film.
There were a few issues with the theme of Livid, while the story seems to have taken a turn for the worse in the final few scenes, losing it's cohesive fluidity, I have to wonder if it was the writer's intention to have multiple fantastical plots or if there was a disconnect in the poor translation from French to English in the subtitles. The movie was full of literal translations which…
I'm pretty good at tempering my expectations, so while I was looking forward to Bustillo and Maury's follow-up to Inside, I knew it probably wouldn't be as good.
And it's not.
The first half of the film is an incredibly effective haunted house movie with a pretty standard set up of a young nurse who's put in charge of caring for an old lady in a creepy house. It looks great and has mad atmosphere and there's a couple of references that horror fans will pick up on. Cool, I'm with it.
Then, at the halfway mark, the film delves into the backstory of the old lady, and everything goes to shit. It seems that the filmmakers just had a…
What a jumbled mess.
There must be a movie hiding in here somewhere, maybe even three of them. It's just too bad the directors didn't pick one.
Bustillo and Maury proved with Inside that they are perfectly capable to produce disgusting and tense horror. It is therefore a mystery to me why they chose to produce this clichéd and fractured film without any focus, scope or central idea.
There are hints of something better, but that's just what they are. There is stuff to enjoy, the build up is nice and slow and has some creepy moments, there is an abundance of well shot gore and it at points looks beautiful. It just doesn't know what it wants to be and thus falls flat on its face and ends up being nothing at all.
Which is a shame because it oozes potential and talent.
'Livide' is a French horror import, with its share of genuine scares, inspiration from recent films and it smells like the spirit of the new-wave of French horror directors, trying a hand at lobotomy and often succeeding.
'Livide' holds its position as a horror film in the middle of full blown gore and a hair-raising back story. Directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury have come a long way from their faulty yet effectively repulsive and distressing 'Inside, 2007'.
The performances are relentless and sometimes dreamy. The female lead is a distraction - although the character of Lucy is undertaken with confidence and uncomfortable calm by Chloe Coulloud (La tête de maman, 2007') - merely because of that angelic and prepossessing…
The follow up to Inside Julien Maury and Alexndre Bustillo for the most part eschew the hyper gory intensity of that film and present us with more of a dark fairy tale.
Lucie is a young girl starting a role as an care nursing treating the elderly in their own homes. She is shown the ropes by the jaded Mrs Wilson. They visit the house of former ballet teacher Deborah Jessel, comatose for years and kept alive by machines. Wilson mentions a treausore some description hidden somewhere in the house. That night Lucie enlists the help of her boyfriend Willian and his brother Ben to break in and locate the treasure.
Of course, things take a turn for the dark,…
A strange thing to say about an inanimate object, but the best performance goes to... the house. Highly atmospheric, chilling, with different room types/characters, great set pieces all along, with iconic statues, old-fashioned dolls and taxidermic animals, reminiscent of the criminally underwatched The last will and testament of Rosalind Leigh.
Slow starting, a young girl, assisting a caregiver, who learns that there might be a treasure hidden in the vast mansion of an old, comatose, very rich lady. She and her friends decide to pay a nocturnal visit to the mansion, with far-reaching consequences...
A pity about some of the noisy jump scares, but for most of the time this creepy tale manages to be succesful, with a clever backstory woven through it.
An 1h 32min long music video from the 90s.
I don´t care much for how they went about the more gory scenes with the two main male characters, nor their acting. But the setting, the mood, the way certain scenes were shot - There´s something beautiful there.
I due registi francesi, come spesso accade (soprattutto nel cinema dell'orrore) sono purtroppo caduti sulla fatidica buccia di banana del secondo film, amalgamando alla carlona (per non dire di peggio) diversi rigurgiti visivi, fantastici e orrorifici già visti, vissuti e digeriti. La fotografia al solito è il piatto forte e qualche suggestione interessante è presente (soprattutto nella prima parte), ma viene irrimediabilmente rovinata da una storia sciatta e poco convincente. La protagonista ha un davanzale da urlo; non pervenuti gli altri attori.
I'm going to need to rewatch this.
Asks us to consider age in regard to mortality, loneliness, compassion, and cruelty in its intro before going Scooby Doo, PS2 survival horror, and then I don’t know, Guillermo Del Toro. The fact that it does not go outright (New French) extreme seems like a curve-ball to be sure, but in the film’s defence it seems oblivious to that expectation- the body horror bits are also the clockwork fairytale bits, the suspense is undercut by the dusty fairytale interiors, and the ghosts are either new friends or personal hangups to be vanquished. It is about mothers that protect you and mothers that fail you, and about forgiving them.
There is a big bad wolf hanging around in this world and…
Wow, what a beautiful nightmare. The first half is a great slow burn of moody drama. Then when the scares come alive, it's a free-for-all. The labyrinthian series of twists and chills of the last half hour never let up. Everything about the last half of this movie surprised me. Simply fantastic.
It's The Innkeepers meets Crimson Peak. Except not a single joke is made, and it isn't quite as good either, either.
It looks pretty great, but the story itself makes no sense at all (specially near the end). It's as if the directors decided to piece together a bunch of random things that they thought were "cool". And the ending is just plain awful, I laughed a little.
Great first act, but I lose interest a little once the monsters are revealed. All feels a bit 'spooky imagery checklist'...
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…