Neverlake

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On a trip home to visit her father, Jenny is thrown into a world of mystery, horror and legend when she is called upon by 3000 year old spirits of the Neverlake to help return their lost artifacts and save the lives of missing children.

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  • Oct 19, 2014
    The blurb used on this film's poster says that this is the creepiest horror movie since the Human Centipede. I realize people are entitled to their opinions, and assuming this person wasn't paid off for this review, it's also a completely off base. First of all, I don't even think The Human Centipede can be considered creepy. Grotesque and creepy are two very different things. The Human Centipede certainly fits one of those two descriptions and it's not creepy. It's a gross-out horror movie without the actual gross-out elements. Outside of you actually seeing the human centipede, the film is all suggestion and the use of sound effects. If people were grossed out because of that movie it's because the image they created for themselves about what it actually must be like to be a human centipede, with one person's...fecal matter flowing through another person. That film is all about the power of suggestion and its effect on the human mind. That's not creepy. Creepy would be something like Lake Mungo, The Ring, or even this movie. You can get a creepier vibe from something dealing with a supernatural force than you can with something "real", like a monster. That's just the way of the game, so saying this is the creepiest film since The Human Centipede sounds nice to promote this film, but it rings hollow upon further inspection. You know why I went off on that tangent? Because I don't really have much to say about this film. Should've figured that by now. This film, while low-budgeted and a little aimless, isn't as bad as I was really expecting. What it does have, however, is some really good atmospheric ambiance. The acting isn't exactly great, particularly from any of the kids at the hospital, and there's not really enough time to develop them past their own physical deficiencies, which is the only way you can really tell them apart. That's really all the development they get. It's understandable that they don't get much time, though they are a very important part of the plot, because the film really isn't that long. But I did like the ending because it's certainly morally ambiguous. While the removal of the bronze objects, that Jenny's father had crafted, from the bottom of the lake has put a stop to what is happening, it also brings about the death of Jenny's father other daughter, for whom he did all these terrible things. It's morally ambiguous in the sense that it causes Maya's death, someone who had no knowledge of her father's actions, so therefore she is as innocent as all of the children Jenny's father conceived, and killed through his experiments, in order to save Maya. Perhaps if Jenny didn't remove the bronze objects, each representing what was taken from each child to ensure Maya's survival, a kidney object for Jenny's kidney, so on and so forth, the children would've been stuck in a state of limbo, stuck between this life and "the next". So in some ways what was done makes sense, but they're also STILL dead. Doing what Jenny did isn't gonna change that fact. And it also robbed someone else's life, someone that had nothing to do with Jenny's father's actions. So that morally ambiguous ending was actually one of the best parts of the film, if not the best part, because, all around, everything that happened was sad...no matter how you slice it. All these children were conceived to be murdered and Maya shouldn't have had to pay for her father's actions, sad all the way around. Not many horror films have that kind of emotional weight behind their finales. Not saying it's Grave of the Fireflies up in this bitch, but it's something that's noticeable and something that sets it apart from other, more cynically produced horror films. I'm not saying this is a good horror films, but it does offer something deeper than the norm. Shame the film itself lacked the focus it would've needed to truly make a story like this work. It also lacked the acting that would've taken this to another level. It's a film at odds, because the idea itself is great, but the execution isn't always top-notch. Adequate rental if you're looking for something that's heavy on atmosphere and some emotional depth.
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