Reading Time: 4 minutes Director-writer and ace editor Mahesh Narayan executes a taut thriller that’s breathless in pace, and when he permits you to exhale, it’s with tears in your eyes.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Debut director Honey Trehan lays out his movie on a multi-hued slow burn track that, as long as it stays on it, singes and haunts.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Why is it that most folklore and campfire catechisms tell of horrors that *female* forms take, usually to slake their bloodthirsty urges? Writer-director Anvita Dutt’s ‘Bulbbul’ is the visually stunning answer.
Reading Time: 3 minutes ‘The Outsider’ is a take on Stephen King’s novel by the same name. And while there’s plenty of chills and horror in quiet doses, it is what that hovers over it in its strangely tenderly terrorizing take that’s become so apt in these strange times: grief and the fear of loss.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Writer-director Jordan Peele uses smoke, mirrors, and blood to keep us unnerved. But it’s what he shows us in the mirror that’s most horrifying.
Reading Time: 2 minutes One-minute review series looks at director Dan Gilroy’s horror-satire outing.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Director Sujoy Ghosh lays out a detailed, conversational thriller that’s high on the quality of ingredients, even if the flavors are all too familiar and predictable. But the point of ‘Badla’ isn’t to surprise you as much as it is to make you pay attention and revel in the atmosphere. Plus, of course the top notch acting that rivets, diverts, and then delivers a climactic scene that’s more heartbreaking triumph than a twist.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Director Sriram Raghavan with his team of writers comes up with a devilishly clever and sharp entertainer that’s full of twists, jumps, guffaws, and references galore. As with any satisfying thriller, it’s when it throws you off most unexpectedly that you give out a sigh most evil.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Director Jeethu Joseph, in this 2013 outing, writes and directs a tightly paced mystery, invoking memories from traumatic pasts that intertwine and knot into a murderous present. While the clues reveal themselves in layers and the suspects are never in clear sight, your biggest worry is: will the lead character—played by Prithviraj with an intensity that flows underneath and mixes freely with alcohol—unravel before the mystery does?
Reading Time: 6 minutes Director Ari Aster’s “Hereditary” is a nerve-wracking and terrific addition to the skull cap of horror movies where the unravelling of a family is as mysterious as it is terrifying, and the boiling cauldron of secrets bubbles throughout its length, keeping you worried and anxious. Meanwhile in India, the censor board carries out its own act of dismemberment, unforgivably mutilating the movie beyond repair.