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Believe it or not . . . Actually, "or else"
on April 27, 2013
Spooky movies are all ridiculous because they are all frightening trips outside of reality. So I judge them strictly upon their ability to hold my interest. This one did a pretty good job. Like a lot of them, this one starts out with a logical scientific explanation of the character's strange behavior along psychological pathologies, but becomes "spooky" when it's found that something other worldly is at the root of the problem. The ability of the writers and producers to come up with something unique, that hasn't been done before is a challenge which, to me, often determines the success of the story line.
This one uses what world religions have used for centuries to control the masses . . . "Believe without question, or you'll wish you had." By the time the protagonist realizes the error of her ways, it's either too late, or at least almost too late to avert disaster. The only diversion from that old formula is the connection to old mountain ways and an old crone rather than a well recognized and accepted religion. The very ending has been done and over done too many times, but all in all a pretty entertaining movie. I enjoyed it and my popcorn.