Mary Poppins Returns
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Beneath late-night cable standards.
A laudable attempt at atmosphere and a handful of creepy moments are not enough to redeem this muddled mess.
Doesn't quite have what it takes to be low-key and reserved and still hold more than cursory interest.
I had to watch this movie twice because I was like WTF? after the first time.
The movie was about a bunch of unlikable characters called the "crazy eights" (not sure why they're called that). They grew up in a mental institution or facility of some kind (it was very vague) when they were children. They escaped and put some kid in a trunk because she was weak or would slow them down on their escape or something. Then they forgot to get the kid, and she died. Years later they go back to the place where she died, and they enter a condemned building (the mental facility) where they are now trapped.
It's a pretty stupid story line, and a confusing one. There were random flashbacks that were both irrelevant and unnecessary. Plus they were so fast I was like "wait, what was that?" The entire plot was so unstable, and it seemed like the movie didn't know what to do with it. I think they tried to add a twist, depth or something at the end with the doctor scene, but I'm still not entirely sure. In the scene, the doctor talks to one of the children and says "One box will lead you to more tests, and the other will lead you to redemption" or something. Then he was like " Guilt or redemption. Choose." It doesn't make sense as I type it, and it didn't make sense when I watched it. That scene was a complete fail. They should've just cut it out. All it did was add confusion to the already complicated movie. I watched the scene three times to try to understand, but I couldn't put it together. It was such a mess of a movie.
The plot was the main problem....and the video editing. I nearly got a seizure from that shit yo.
One of the 8 Films to Die for 2008 Collection. It wasn't all that scary, not your typical slasher type horror, pretty mild. 8 people go back to mental hospital where they were left as kids, trouble is when they ran away they left one behind and now she want's revenge, why is it always a she that wants revenge. Anyway its worth adding to any horror collection.
Capable cast in a predictable, mildly creepy story with an abrupt and unsatisfying finale.
Noteworthy for how Traci Lords holds her own against the rest of the cast.
The rare horror flick in which the screenwriter is actually better than the plot, but it doesn't save the movie from a few typical horror movie downfalls like splitting up. The movie creates a great feeling of being trapped, but the lack of more supernatural creatures than just the one ghost makes this movie weak. While antagonist ghost itself does not scare, this movie's strong points lie in its "flipping out due to supernatural hallucination" and "bloodied corpse left by the ghost" scenes. At the conclusion I felt half cheated, as it was an appropriate unhappy one, but didn't satisfy on following the theme through to a resounding end.
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