Stonehearst Asylum (2014): The Asylum scored really low on both critics and viewers ratings, like most of the films I tend to like. “Inspired by a short story from Edgar Allan Poe, Stonehearst Asylum is a tale in which nobody is who or what they appear to be”. I must have watched way too many CSI shows in my life, because the ending was not much of a surprise to me. But, seriously, it is not as bad as one would think.
Ouija (2014): Have you ever tried to make contact with a recently deceased loved one only to get a disturbing dark entity on the other end of the planchette instead? Me neither. If you enjoy teen movies, with an 80’s retro feel, then you are going to like this one. I found it quite entertaining despite all banalities. And Lin Shaye was a pleasant addition to the cast (spoilers). My generally favorable critique of “Ouija”is entirely Lin’s fault, you guessed it.
Before I Go To Sleep (2014): A thriller, for a change. I hope this is the last time Colin and Nicole play house. It didn’t work in The Railway Man (2013), it didn’t work in this one either. Other than that, I almost liked it (for a single watch, on a day you don’t feel like doing anything else but staring at the screen). Great story (based on S. J. Watson's 2011 best-seller novel), about a woman who suffers from anterograde amnesia and wakes every day with no knowledge of who or where she is. We follow her as she tries to reconstruct her memories (and furthermore her life), piece by piece. What if they had concentrated on that alone; rather than on clichés and things that didn’t really add anything to the story. Paranoia: my favourite subject.
Jessabelle (2014): As I have stated numerous times before, I have a thing for house-related movies (not necessarily haunted) and, watching Jessabelle’s trailer, I thought this film would make me a very happy girl. Boy was I wrong. I think Jessabelle must be one of the worst (horror) movies I have ever seen. No rhythm, no suspense, no soul, no colour. The cast was fairly decent but no matter how good an actor is, if the writing and general execution of an idea are bad, disaster in inescapable. I did like the poster, though (what a horrible thing to say).