|Movie »||Rating : Details|
|VFX||4.2/10☆ 1000+ Critic, Reviews|
|IMDb||4.7/10☆ (Votes: 2,569)|
|Rotten Tomatoes||29% (Votes:78)|
|Release Date (Streaming) :||13 October 2020|
|Director||Elan Dassani , Rajeev Dassani|
|Genres||Mystery, Thriller, Horror|
|Budget||$ 5 million|
|Box Office||$ ? million|
|Production company||Amazon Studios, Blumhouse Television|
|Produced by||Ian Watermeier, Nina Anand Aujla|
|Starring||Sarita Choudhury, Sunita Mani, Omar Maskati, Bernard White|
|Games||No Available : Google Play Store|
|Music Director||Ronit Kirchman|
|Filming Location||New Orleans (Louisiana)|
Evil Eve (2020 film)
Which I have to admit is thrilling. Because over the last decade, Blumhouse Productions has kickstarted the horror genre with films like Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge and Get Out, which won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Evil Eye is a co-production between Priyanka’s Purple Pebble Pictures and Blumhouse.
It’s one of 4 features in the Welcome to The Blumhouse anthology. The ad for which states: Four unsettling films. Under one roof. Unsettling is the note that directors, twin brothers Elan and Rajeev Dassani, are going for. Evil Eye is about a mother who suspects that her daughter’s new fiancé is the reincarnation of a stalker who tried to kill her 30 years ago.
The film is based on an audio play by Madhuri Shekar, who adapted it for screen. The screenplay alternates between New Orleans, where Pallavi lives, and New Delhi where her parents have settled after many years in the US. Usha, the typical Indian mother, attempts to mastermind her daughter’s life from across the globe. Pallavi is 29 and still unmarried, which of course constitutes a crisis. Usha keeps setting up dates with prospective grooms. While waiting at a coffee shop for one of these potential husbands to show up, Pallavi meets Sandeep. Sandeep is attractive and rich. Also, as Pallavi tells her mom on the phone – he’s more Indian than I realize. It’s like you found him for me. But instead of being elated, Usha starts to behave so erratically that Pallavi and her father suspect she needs medical attention.
Usha is convinced that Sandeep isn’t who he says he is. Reincarnation is a standard theme in Hindi cinema. Bollywood has been telling these stories since 1949 when they made Mahal. One of my favorites is Subhash Ghai’s Karz, in which Rishi Kapoor plays the tortured pop star Monty who must avenge himself against the wife who murdered him in his past life. But how do you make punar janam palatable for Western viewers? It’s a tough one.
The Dassanis make Usha an exotic earth mother, who from the beginning, is overbearing but also, slightly unhinged. In the first few minutes of the film, she calls Pallavi to say that a cousin, younger than Pallavi, is engaged. She also reminds Pallavi that her horoscope says that if she doesn’t marry by 29, she will remain single. Meanwhile Pallavi scrolls through Instagram and says, “I’m not cursed.” This fraught relationship is the strongest part of the film. Usha’s love is smothering. Her expectations are unreasonable. Pallavi loves and rages against her mother with equal ferocity. This drama between mother and daughter has moments of emotional authenticity.
Sarita Choudhury, who plays Usha, finds the sweet spot between hysteria and strength. She’s creepy and yet, oddly comforting. Bernard White, who plays Usha’s supportive husband is also solid. I think there’s a film to be made about their relationship and how their marriage withstood her tragic past. But ultimately, Evil Eye