Reviewed by: Dave Murray
What's it about
Five young Italian girls head into the wilderness on an all water drinking detox retreat, right next to a shit load of contaminated water. When Olivia gets teased about her mother dying while giving birth to her (?), she digs a tooth out of her shoulder which is the last trace of the unborn twin she consumed in the womb. This tooth, when flushed down the drain, gives birth to the evil presence of her twin, who I think kills off the other girls...at least I think that's what happens?!? It makes no sense to me....
Is it good movie?
This is another one of those kick in the face movies, meaning it would probably take a swift and sound kick in the face for my poor horror loving self to ever understand what the hell is going on. Or maybe it's one of those rare "recovery" movies. Watching it is like being stuck on the couch in a body cast with the remote just out of reach. Either way, I've watched dogs taking a crap, and it was more entertaining than Hate2o.
Now, the premise is intriguing, and it could have quite the f**ked up, scary movie if it was handled with talent and a sound eye for horror creepiness. However, if there was a script, it was butchered either during shooting or editing, because the plot here is incomprehensible and buried beneath layers of artsy, experimental video crap. This movie is a poor example of a technique called "clip editing", where seemingly random images are cut together to create a narrative whole. In this case, however, aside from some tit shots and a grisly clip of one mouth ripping the bottom lip off of another, the clips fail to convey any semblance of a story. Worse still, there is no tension, suspense, horror or dread throughout the entire flick.
Maybe I'm getting picky in my old age, or maybe I just sat through too many of just this kind or experimental film making in first year art school classes. There's just something pretentious and boring about girls walking in the woods, which is the majority of this movie contains. The rest of it is a stream of inane dialogue that, for the most part, fails to convey any of the story we are supposed to be watching. While director Alex Infascelli does show some style in his choice of shots and random clips, his storytelling skills are sorely lacking. And while the girls provide some nice eye candy (especially the lead, Chiara Conti), their constant prattling and lack of character depth make them almost unbearable to watch.
So while there a couple of nicely done shots (I'm all about Conti digging that tooth out of her shoulder!), and there could have been an awesome story here, Hate2o is mostly a forgettable flick that will annoy the shit out of you. In fact, now that I've had time to reflect on it, it is quite possibly one of the worst movies I have ever had the displeasure of watching. Avoid this one like a skanky Tijuana crack whore.
Oh yeah, and is it just me, or is everyone getting sick of movies with wicked cover art that fail to deliver the goods promised? Comparing this movie to the The Descent is like comparing horse shit to solid gold.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen - 1.68:1.
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1).
Pretentious and poorly scripted, this experimental horror film is neither frightening nor entertaining. The story is never clear throughout the entire flick, and the "clip editing" style of the piece is, while jarring, not suited to the genre at all. Despite what the DVD cover says, this is not "brilliant Italian horror". I have seen brilliant Italian horror, because they have been making it for decades. Fulci, Argento, Maltia, Castellnea. That is brilliant. This is just art school crap. Period.