From Within (After Dark Horrorfest III)
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FROM WITHIN is one of the last of this year's 8 Films To Die For that I watched, and it's certainly one of the most polished. Acting is flawless, as is direction, cinematography, and, for the most part, writing. The story is coherent and follows a logical progression. And, it delivers plenty of chills along the way. In short, it has what most of the other films didn't have.
I do have two slight issues with the movie. The first is the fact that, chilling as it is, the bulk of the films scares are lifted almost directly from other films. You have the creepy girl with the hair covering her face, or the girl appearing in the TV, or the cheap After Effects shot of the sudden black-eyed demon face. The film also suffers from having THE BROKEN in the same festival this year, both films drawing heavily on mirrors and reflections attacking people. But, though these effects are lifted from other films, they are still employed very well here - the movie delivers plenty of great creep-out moments, even if they are familiar.
The only other issue I have is in the broadly stereotypical portrayal of extreme religion.Read more ›
The acting isn't too bad for a lower-budge movie. Thomas Dekker, from "The Sarah Conner Chronicles," is one of the main actors in the film.
There are some stereotypes (ignorant, hypocritical, over-zealous Christians as well as the ever persecuted wiccans) used in the film, but I don't think that they detract from the film too much. Again, if you liked "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "The Grudge" or just movies about vengeful spirits and curses, then this is a good film to check out. Enjoy...
Whatever. What I know for sure is that, even though "From Within" had some genuinely engaging moments, it still didn't quite live up to its potential. Consider the fact that it takes place one of those small Southern towns where the vast majority take faith in God a little too seriously; while effective as a plot device, the truth is that we've seen too many horror films about communities with frightening mob-like mentalities. There's also the fact that religion is generalized to the point of turning virtually everyone into a caricature. The only neutral character is a teenager named Lindsay (Elizabeth Rice), who seems to recognize that, in spite of her own faith, people should be allowed to worship as they see fit.
The story: A string of deaths are plaguing the God-fearing town of Grovestown.Read more ›
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I did like this movie but I'm mad at myself because I have reached a point that I have seen soooo many horror movies that I can't recall them all so I was peeved that I didn't... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cyndi
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