Killing Ariel (2006)
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I don't know how many times I've asked myself, "How come they're aren't more films about the Incubus?" Well, here's one for you.
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Interesting idea of exploring the succubus/incubus myth. But really boring, nothing much happened in the 90 minutes, definitely not scary, simply filled with gratuitous nudity.
I didn't know what to expect from "Killing Ariel," but it turned out to be a very interesting and rewarding horror find. I like a good "operation mindfuck" flick, and this one fills the bill admirably. The screenplay moves forward and backward in time to build the narrative of the destruction of a man whose family has been cursed by an incubus/succubus. Each time a family members has a moral failing, they receive the demons. As a child, he saw the result of this when his mother murdered his paraplegic father and committed suicide. For Rick, the attack comes when he decides to cheat on his wife. Once the curse has begun, it's hard to tell whether what we're seeing exists only in Rick's mind or if it's real until the end of the film. Is Rick really killing Ariel again and again or is he hallucinating the whole thing? We soon lose track of reality, so that by the end of the film, when the events we've seen may be explained by a psychiatrist in an institution for the criminally insane, we can't even be sure that the explanation is real. It's only in the very last few minutes that we can finally be certain of what we've just seen. The acting here is quite good; Michael Brainard as Rick is reminiscent of Jack Nicholson in "The Shining" and Axelle Cummings as Ariel is strong in most scenes, though her somewhat brassy voice sometimes doesn't fit her role well. Joseph Gatt is fine in his limited scenes as the male incubus persona of succubus Ariel. The story takes awhile to set up, but once it does it moves along well. On the downside, the limitations of a low budget production show through in places. There's plenty of blood in the latter half of the movie, though it occasionally isn't completely convincing. The worst problem in the technical realm is the sound; the music and sound effects sometimes overwhelm the dialogue, which is sometimes too quiet even without competing sounds. These are the film's worst problems, though, leaving a very good, original film. Highly recommended for horror fans who enjoy such "reality isn't what it seems" flicks as "Dark City," "In the Mouth of Madness" and the more recent "Inception."
As bad as it is, it actually was kinda fun to watch. Not the most horrible movie to watch with a group of friends.
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