Title: Histeria

Also known as:
N/A

Year: 2008

Genre: Horror

Language: Malay

Runtime: 90 min

Director: James Lee

Writer: Fahmi Fadzil & Amri Rohayat

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1307930/

Plot:
Tricking the school boards that you are a possessed by a demon is a bad idea, and this is something a group of girls find out when they're caught. Their little prank leads to them having to spend three nights in school and having to clean it while they're there. But they stumble upon something in the woods, a strange pile of dirt, and a letter. They read the letter and accidently unleash a demon who will kill them off one by one.

Our thoughts:
The Malaysian horror market isn't a big one and it's possible that this is the first one I watch from there. If you use that in the equation when you calculate your thoughts about it, then it's not too bad. They've certainly taken some lessons from Hollywood, and I guess that's to be expected. But a film's origins can't be the focus when you say what you think about the movie so this is all you'll get on that point in this review.

It gives us a simple set-up to have a group of schoolgirls alone in a school for a few nights - they pull a prank on the school boards. They pretend that a girl is possessed by a demon from a school myth. Of course, they have to stay locked-up in school, while cleaing it, but that's the smallest price they pay. They'll also die one by one after they accidently release a demon.

It's a very flawed movie but the things that keeps it from being an alright ride of a horror is the story. And the way it is marketed at some places. I read it was a "whodunit" horror, but that's never the case. Not once did I wonder who did it - it's all there - it's a demon! And maybe the movie wanted us to think differently as well because they could've had the demon start killing them off earlier. If they had brought it out straight away, and just accept that it's only gonna be an entertaining monster movie, I would've been filled with joy. Sure, my review would still state that it's not a good movie but sometimes all I need is a bit of entertainment. Whenever this movie turns to a movie where a demon is killing girls, and nothing else, I had a fairly good time with it!

The best part of the it is the lack of CGI. I don't think I saw any in the movie, especially not associated with gore or monster FX. That alone makes it a a superior movie to many out there. The monster looks pretty cool even though it seems like a mix of monsters we've seen before. It's a solid look. The gore is there, probably more than I expected as well. All good on this end, it's just that little fact about the story that dragged it down. People love films like "Feast" (I never finished it so I won't comment) because they are just monsters killing people. More often than not that's all you need!

I won't even bother to go into a bunch of flawed details since it's a movie that clearly took a page out of stupid Hollywood movies (I don't say that as a bad thing, for once). I let things like how they they are actually locked-up in the school for three nights go. They can't leave - that seems a bit drastic. But at the end of the day I just can't be bothered when it's just a set-up for keeping them there.

"Histeria" is neither bad or good. There's some entertainment to get out of it but at the end of the day it's not enough for people to seek it out over other titles. If you like monsters/demons and don't mind a so-so first half, then you could enjoy it. At least it's CGI free (unless my memory fails me) and the monster is well-crafted enough. Don't let marketing trick you - it's not a "whodunit", and it's not along the lines of "The Grudge"/"The Ring"/whatever. It's more in common with random movie where a demon is unleashed because of a book, a tape, a something-something. It is, quite frankly, literally that.


Positive things:
- Alright-looking monster!
- The lack of CGI.
- Has some decent moments of entertainment.
Negative things:
- Doesn't accept the fact that it should just be entertaining because it's never "good" to begin with.

Rating:
Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 1.5/5
Effects: 3/5
Comedy: 0/5

We got this movie from:
CinematicVision

It can be bought from:
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Reviewed by:
Ronny




 

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