Interesting but frequently incomprehensible
- The Haunting of Emily review by NP
Originally released as ‘Delirium’, this was retitled ‘The Haunting of Emily’, presumably to kindle the interest of those who enjoy the current steady spew of films featuring the demonic taunting of young girls.
The actual haunting of Emily (Taylor Pigeon) is pretty peripheral to the story here. The girl goes missing, and when she returns, cannot speak, and has clearly brought ‘something’ back with her. Perhaps the word ‘clearly’ is ill-advised, because little about this story is clear.
I like films, especially horror films, which leave certain events unexplained. It makes me think the people making the film are keeping some secrets to themselves and I can only guess what those secrets are.
But this is largely incomprehensible. Lots of intense acting, screams and flashbacks, and then it ends. It’s nicely shot, features some moody lighting and music, but the plot is too muggy for me.
Having said that, I’ll be watching this again to see if I can make sense of it. There’s a chance it will all be clearer the second time around and make sense, in which case I’ll be editing this review. But I’m not putting money on it! Interesting. My score is 6 out of 10.
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