Got to watch two horror movies over the weekend.
47 Meter Down - The characters are a bit thin, the sharks behavior is completely unrealistic and they overuse the same trick with the shark attacks and yet despite all that this turned out to be surprisingly effective and enjoyable. The film’s main advantage is that makes great use of the 360 degrees of possible attack underwater with a camera that is constantly rotating around and pushing in towards the characters. It really drives home how endangered they are and leaves you unsure of where the next attack will come from. The ending is a little obvious but overall this was one of the better shark movies I’ve seen in a while. I can see why they thought it might have been a hit in theaters.
Devil’s Candy - This ended up being less than the sum of it’s parts. It has some interesting ideas but they never quite come together properly. Particularly, there’s a subplot (if you can even call it that) about a seemingly demonic art dealer that ends up going no where and feels like it was probably included just to pad the film out to feature length (which it just barely scraps by as it is). That said, there are some incredibly intense sequences, especially one involving the serial killer preparing to murder a child. The film has a heavy metal soundtrack and makes good use of that score. Though I did think it was funny that, with such an emphasis on heavy metal, the “devil” spoke in German and sounded like the lead singer from the band Rammstein. Not sure if that was meant to be an in-joke or not.