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After a long time, Tamil Cinema has produced an engaging horror film with Iruttu (இருட்டு) starring Sundar C. Director V.Z.Durai has stayed clear of the usual horror-comedy buffoonery that we have seen with Kanchana and Aranmanai franchises. Thanks to this focus, there was a full house today for a week old film. Sundar C. comes as Chezhiyan, a Police Inspector who gets transferred to a hill station to investigate a series of deaths due to unexplainable causes. He is joined by his wife played by Sakshi Choudhary and a young daughter played well by Baby Manasvi. Initially, the Inspector dismisses…

One Cut of the Dead (2017) is a comedy zombie film. The film directed by Shin’ichirô Ueda, starts with a shooting of a zombie TV show at an abandoned building used by the Japanese army during the second world war to experiment bringing the dead back to life.  Unaware to the crew, there seem to be real zombies around them who keep turning everyone into a Zombie. The second half covering the script discussion and planning for the TV show was hilarious. We get to see a range of characters – the star, a young heart-throb, comes with an oversized ego;…

This is an incomplete review of the film Kanchana 3, as I walked out during the Interval. Let me confess, something is wrong with me – from the laughter in the packed cinema hall, it was clear the kids and family audiences were enjoying many of the scenes. For example, I found the act of Raghava Lawrence jumping and climbing on the hips of everyone around (mother, sister-in-law, and his three would-be fiances) to be platitudinous! As advertised, the film continues the formulae of Kanchana franchise of Action, Comedy and Horror. Since it is the third film, it has three heroines…

Dhilluku Dhuddu 2 starring Santhanam and Shritha Sivadas, was exactly what it advertised to be – a lowbrow comedy with a few ghosts thrown in. Yet, the film was enjoyable – in most places, the comedy by Santhanam and ‘Mottai’ Rajendran works and invoked laughter in the theatre. An easy to guess plot – hero falling in love with a girl, who is possessed by a ghost and he fights bravely his way to win her hand. Yes, the climax happens in a Ghost Bungalow. With the limited plot at hand, Director Rambhala has given a good screenplay. Background score…

When I read about the new Netflix original Bird Box (2018) which was about entire population committing suicide after seeing mysterious creatures I was skeptical as I don’t enjoy super natural or horror genre, still I watched it through – I was not disappointed neither was I impressed. Sandra Bullock single-handedly carries the entire film and her brilliant acting keeps us engaged. Where the film falls short is that it offers nothing new. It follows a familiar story of a group of strangers surviving against external threats (normally zombies or ghosts), soon one after the other keep dieing, leaving the…