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Ragini MMS: Scary stuff


If you’ve watched Hollywood horror flicks like “Paranormal Activity”and “The Blair Witch Project”, you will find the narrative style in Pavan Kirpalani’s “Ragini MMS” very familiar.

The camera is the narrator; you see the film through its eyes and that adds to the fear factor. Even the most innocuous of objects looks scary in pitch dark, with just the camera’s lens providing illumination.

The story is the standard horror movie story. Deserted house in isolated surroundings. Boy and girl, lights going off, doors opening and closing mysteriously, etc. The only modern twist, if you could call it that, is that the whole house is rigged with cameras, because the boy wants to make a MMS tape of his exploits and sell it.

Still, I must admit I was scared and there were times during the movie when I was scared to watch. Kirpalani keeps it short and doesn’t extend the gimmicks to the point where they get boring, but the climax could have been shortened.

Phoonk 2: Hardly scary


phoonk2I hate watching horror films. I am easily scared and even the most innocuous sounds or predictable of horror scenes make me flinch.

Milind Gadagkar’s sequel to “Phoonk”, imaginatively titled “Phoonk 2″, is however less about the thrills and chills and more about unnecessarily loud background music, badly made- up ghosts and an inane storyline that has no beginning and no end.

Agyaat: You really don’t want to know


Right at the end of Ram Gopal Varma’s “Agyaat”, there comes a moment that scared me more than any scene in the film. As the credits rolled, it said “Agyaat 2, Coming Soon.”

As if it wasn’t enough that I had to bear the ordeal that is “Agyaat”, I would now, at a later date, have to endure a sequel. Yes, this two-hour comedy badly disguised as a horror film is not worthy of a second look, let alone a sequel.

“13B”: Don’t expect to get too scared


I am one of those people who get scared even when they aren’t meant to. I hate dark rooms and stormy nights don’t evoke any romance in my mind. In short, I am a perfect candidate for horror films — or at least that’s what I thought.

Thankfully director Vikram Kumar changed my mind, merely by making “13B”.