THE HAUNTING OF REBECCA VERLAINE
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Bela B. Felsenheimer
Natacza S. Boon
What's it about
A young lady lives on a farm with her family. One evening, a bunch of hooligans break in and murder her whole family, leaving Rebecca fairly hurt, but not dead. She is adopted by her aunt and uncle, and then goes on living her life struggling to find an identity, until she is haunted by the ghosts of the past.
Is it good movie?
Well, this little low budget horror film wasn't too bad, and I believe that after having watched it a few times, I've got a pretty good handle on it. It's a pretty standard horror flick made by people who love some good gore, and don't mind tossing a few scares your way either.
The film really opens with a bang, with the initial murders taking place almost right away. And it's some nasty stuff too- I bet most of the effects budget was spent in those first few shots. The rest of the film deals with Jessica trying to figure out who she is, because her memory had apparently been wiped when she slipped into a coma after the brutal attack on her family.
The film is shot well, and for a low budget movie it looks quite good. The direction is decent enough, and there are many great scare opportunities throughout. In fact, I was actually a little surprised at how many solid scares were delivered throughout the film. The jumps are effective and the effects are quite good. I had a good laugh during the 'cooking show' scene and dug the film's psychological puzzle pieces that were bizarre and off putting. Even the ending was pretty satisfying.
I wish I could simply say that this film was a treat through and through, but that's not the case. The biggest problem here is easily the acting, which is truly terrible. I found that the dialogue was really poorly written and almost every actor in this piece is goofy and wooden, which really distracted me. This was the biggest downfall of this film. From the outset, when the doctor is explaining the girl's situation to the family, things are pretty terrible and this was my biggest gripe.
Video / Audio
Acting is an important part of any film worth its salt, and unfortunately this Haunting suffers because of some lame performances. That said, this film definitely has potential, and I certainly was entertained by it in the long run. I'd recommend it, simply to see something a bit different, made by people who seem to care.