Thursday, May 11, 2017
1920 London (2016) 2h
I've seen horror films from India before but never an actual Bollywood horror film. While there is only one short dance section, we still get treated to three or four montages set to epic songs. The sets are elaborate and remind me of the early MGM big budget films. Also, this movie is long as fuck for no real reason other than Bollywood makes long films. Fuckin' way too long...
1920 London revolves around a prince/princess couple getting a cursed locket in the mail. The prince becomes possessed by an evil spirit and the wife returns home to seek help. Eventually she has to turn to her ex-love that at some point learned all kinds of magick during or after she sent him to prison.
Unlike most of the films I rant about on here, I'm not going to spoil this one. I was really into 1920 London. Sure, it was long and at one point I picked up my 3DS and played a bunch of Project X Zone because I got tired of another flashback/song section but everything that this film brought to the table was well done. Some things I've seen before but nothing felt recycled. They kept old ideas fresh and had some great scenes and special effects with it. Some great special effects... not all. There were smoke effects that looked really bad for modern CGI. We also had a scene where an exorcism is being performed and the possessed girl is almost always in red light. This may be for a visual sense of "evil", but it's also a very lazy tool to make bad make-up look good. The classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde film had the character transitions done by switching the lighting color. You couldn't tell because it was black and white, but he had colored make-up on that only shows up when a green gel was showing or a red gel was showing. That's a little horror history. I went off track with that...
I give 1920 London 4 possibly haunted lockets out of 5:
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