Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Trip to Bhangarh: Asia's Most Haunted Place (2014) 1h 53m
If you've been a regular visitor here then you'll know I'm no stranger to Bollywood horror films. I think this actually marks my fourth or fifth film (if you're also counting last Cut's three hour kid's horror film that I couldn't make it through). Don't be fooled by that poster. I don't know why only one of the five main characters made it on here. I think it's because they assumed he was the hottest?
Trip to Bhangarh... has five friends showing up for a college reunion and hearing a story about a fort that is supposedly the most haunted location in Asia. A story of black magic, jilted love, and cursed souls is given as our backstory to this haunt. The friends decide to make a trip up to the fort during the day time to see if they can find anything. Finding nothing, they return home only to have a run of bad luck around the 10-day mark.
Using the term "horror" loosely here, Trip to Bhangarh is really more of a horror-comedy. In true Bollywood form though, there were (I think) four musical numbers thrown in this film. Since none of these had much to do with the movie I took this time to do other things elsewhere in the house. IMDB lists this as the only film some of these actors did. While watching it I felt like they had taken a stage acting troupe and asked them to be in the film. It's the typical stage-to-screen variations in body movement that stick out. The audio track sounded like the whole thing was ADRed in later. It was synced well if that's the case, but it kept me from allowing myself to actively watch the film.
During the course of Trip to Bhangarh... the plot just unravels into a sloppy mess . The final reveal was interesting but then has this really long "villain explains the plot" sequence that went on for close to ten minutes. I didn't care that much. Just say "I'm doing it because of X." I don't need all this fucking backstory. You're the bad guy? We got it, moving on to the net scene!
I give Trip to Bhangarh: Asia's Most Haunted Place 1 photo of Bhangarh out of 5: