a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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.
Tres chicos entran a la casa de una vieja moribunda para robar el gran tesoro que se rumora, pero sólo encontrarán una «herencia maldita». La historia parece salida de la mente de Guillermo del Toro (cuento de hadas cruel, mecanismos, insectos, mansión victoriana llena de "juguetitos", como si se tratara de un enorme gabinete de curiosidades). Elegante, poética y con un hermoso ritual de "transfusión". Una delicia.
After the unmitigated success of their international shocker, "Inside" (2007), which still ranks as one of the best horror films of the last 25 years for me, the sky was the limit for French filmmaking duo Julian Maury and Alexndre Bustillo. "Livid" is that follow-up and while it's not the violent masterpiece of their debut effort, it is a spellbinding exercise whose scattershot ellipses to black and perfectly attuned atmosphere feel like someone breathlessly whispering a gothic fairy tale into your ear. It's also the home-invasion-turned-horror-house that Fede Alvarez's "Don't Breathe" so desperately wanted to be. It's calm mixture of gory shock, palpable dread and wisps of the fantastic all add up to a hugely satisfying and underrated horror flick, barely released here in the States and still only available on a Region 2 DVD. Seek this one out.
Interesting, if not a little too hard to grasp and fully enjoy. Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury gained too much confidence after making the great gore-fest "Inside" and came out with this several years later. The premise is simple and compelling, but it quickly becomes a cliched horror film with a lot of brutal elements thrown in towards the ending.
Livide displays a self-awareness which makes pretend that the viewer can relax into its pastiche- American Werewolf in London here, Guillermo del Toro there- but in reality this awareness has been used by the filmmakers to bolster their confidence as they explore something freakish and singular. There is an inconsistency to what it does and does not find scary that makes it seem bizarre and unknowable, and the film genuinely surprising on a moment-to-moment basis with its abrupt shifts in tone and subject. Lucie sits on the side of the bath and the camera crashes back and we see that the ghost of her mother is sitting in the bathtub, stroking her cheek. There are no dissonant strings and there…
Got tired of waiting for another chance to see this and imported the UK Blu-ray. Still super frustrating. Repeatedly squanders tension, whiffs the payoff hugely. It's like if don't DON'T BREATHE went for a flowery, gothic, nonsensical Guillermo del Toro climax.
Also, did they really set this thing on Halloween just so they could do a goofy HALLOWEEN III bit???
Ese juego de té para una fiesta de Halloween
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The conclusion to Aaron's Nihilistic French Extremism Mini-Marathon. I'm a bit conflicted with this one as it's not exactly what I'd call Extreme or even all that Nihilistic, so it is at odds with ny theme here. But at the same time the film is so fucking good and and filled with creepy imagery that unfolds with a masterful pace that I can't help but love it. And to top things off the film makes obvious shout outs to both Suspiria AND Halloween III, so how can I not adore it? You win this time movie. You win this time.
The tone is pretty great for the first half. It really captures that spooky house vibe. But overall I found the film a bit lacking. I would go into detail but I'm really tired.
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