We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
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.
Frustration, thy name is Livide.
There's a good film in here somewhere, and there are flashes of macabre brilliance, but they don't add up to a satisfying enough whole.
There's a fair bit that does work, the location is great, the first half of the film has wonderfully creepy atmosphere, and the gore is suitably icky. I also really admired the mundanity of the opening moments, as Lucie starts her new job as a home care giver, going great lengths to give some background on her character without having her say all that much.
And then things start to be revealed, and it all goes to crap. I don't mind having to work to be able to understand a film,…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Termino mi cumpleaños con una deuda pendiente de la que no sé qué hostias pensar. Digo yo que se mueve entre lo sublime y lo ridículo, lo que pasa que lo segundo pesa más porque el desenlace es una mariconada hortera y tirando a fea. A veces no vale todo cuando se trata de un todo vale. Claro que ante uno de los mejores fatalitis de los últimos años uno también se rinde.
I need to recap on three points that I've wittered on about in previous reviews:
1. I don't like vampires and I don't like vampire films. Probably Near Dark is the best of a bad bunch.
2. I don't like flashbacks. I'd rather get on with the story rather than get back story. Prometheus was a complete waste of time for me.
3. I don't like horror films that fall foul of all of the usual cliches (as opposed to the unusual cliches?): irritating characters that behave in stupid ways and who deserve to die.
So here we have Livid, a vampire film, littered with vampires and populated with irritating characters that behave in stupid ways. I'm possibly not the…
'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…
Okay full disclosure I couldn't find a version of this movie that had English subtitles, so I watched it in French. I don't speak remotely good French. I understood maybe 20% of what was going on. I think. Maybe if I understood the plot (or lack thereof?) my opinion would be different so I'm just giving it an "average score".
Anyway it was still a really enjoyable viewing experience just because this movie is SO PRETTY. I totally believe that gore can be an artform and the visuals of Livide completely prove the theory. I also have a soft spot for creepy ballerinas so yeah.
"Livid" is the type of movie that has just as much working for it, internally, as it does working against it. The sheer proficiency of the filmmakers wins out in the end, but just barely...
I've seen this film compared to the work of Argento and Del Toro, and although I can concede the point in terms of visuals and some thematic elements, it also borders on the tacky, over-polished aesthetic reminiscent of 'contemporary' horror films like "Dead Silence" or "The Conjuring." Much of it looks quite pretty, but it becomes an undeniably gaudy affair by the time the third act is underway. This is the main reason that "Livid" fails as an effective horror film, while simultaneously succeeding as...…
Bonita producción, más cerca de El Orfanato y Dama de Negro que al buen gore francés.
La verdad esperaba más de Maury y Bustillo. La nueva ola de terror francesa del 2004-2008 no esta sobreviviendo bien a sus segundas películas.
A let's-break-into-a-haunted-house movie turns into some kind of a twisted fairy tale. Interesting, with beautiful visuals and at times a genuinely creepy atmosphere.
Pretty and totally incoherent
A simple vista, Livid ofrece poco. El mamón cinero diría, 'esto es Tourist Trap para hipsters, goooey,' pero a nadie le importa la opinión de ese wey.
De entrada, acomodaría el trabajo de esta dupla de poder así: INSIDE, AMONG THE LIVING y LIVID. No quiero decir que Livid es mala, de hecho está mejor hecha que muchas otras películas de terror. Está muy bien producida, el diseño de producción es impecable, la fotografía muy bien cuidada y la música atmosférica sirve bien a la acción. El problema con Livid está en un guión débil. Hay buenos destellos de genialidad por aquí y por allá pero nada que la eleve a otra esfera. Una lástima porque tenía todo para ser más.
Livid es como una niña hermosa que no creció y se atrofió y mantenemos escondida en un cuarto y solo la despertamos para verla bailar.
I recently heard a critic argue that the filmmakers meant this to be a kind of unofficial sequel to the SUSPIRIA story—watching the movie with this in mind adds a layer of appreciation. And the callbacks to other classic horror like HALLOWEEN 3 are appreciated, but I still find the execution frustrating, especially in comparison to something like their superior INSIDE. The ending seems like a series of kitchen-sink brainstorming sessions that never took. Maybe on a rewatch?
Part of the list: letterboxd.com/ipcress/list/a-top-20-creeping-in-the-dark-euro-gothics/
- Whistle and I'll Come to You
- The Woman in Black
- The House of the Laughing Windows
- Who Can Kill a Child?
- The Seventh Victim
- The Devils
- Carnival of Souls
- The Perfume of the Lady in Black
I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…