Sunday, February 7, 2016

Visions (2015)

At this point, Jason Blum is the king as far as horror producers are concerned. The dude has three or four franchises under his belt ("Paranormal Activity", "Insidious", "The Purge" and "Sinister") and is largely the force behind many a low budget, widely released horror is concerned. Then there are the movies he produces that either don't get a big release, or go straight to video and Netflix. Movies such as "Visions".

Months after surviving a car wreck, Eveleigh (Isla Fisher) and her husband David (Anson Mount) move into a vineyard to start a new life. Whilst there, a now pregnant Eveleigh starts to see, well, visions of horrific things and ghostly entities. Is this just a result of her pregnancy as her doctor (Jim Parsons of all people) says, or is it something more?

There really isn't much that's terrible about "Visions", but the whole thing is about as generic as it's title. Sure, the acting isn't bad (including a pretty good Gillian Jacobs and a barely in the movie Eva Longoria), but the whole story is as bland as they come. Nearly everything that you expect to happen-protagonist sees evil apparitions, plenty of jump scares and characters who may or may not have hidden agendas-are all present. It's like a checklist of how to make a by the numbers horror movie. The only thing that stands out story wise is the conclusion, and not for a good reason. Remember the French horror film "Inside"? Well, you get a poor man's version of that too.

In the end, there isn't much to say about this one. It's about as generic as they come, and while it won't make you mad, you won't remember any of it by the end of the week either. It's the definition of milquetoast.

Rating: 3/10

The director is Kevin Greutert, whose other directorial efforts include the sixth and seventh entries in the "Saw" Franchise, and the equally forgettable (and more racist) "Jessabelle". He's also an editor, whose credits include direct to video films like "Room 6" and "The Thirst", the third through fifth entries in the "Saw" franchise, "The Strangers" and the better than it had any right to be "The Collection"

The writer of the movie was Lucass Sussman, who prior to this did the underrated 2002 horror movie "Below"

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