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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Seventh Moon (2008)



While searching through the horror section of free movies on my Comcast onDemand service, I was excited to see Seventh Moon available. I had seen the cover at the store and in the Red Box and it always looked interesting. So, without hesitation, I put it on and let my journey into the undead lore begin.


Plot/ Melissa and Yul, Americans honeymooning in China, come across the exotic 'Hungry Ghost' festival. When night falls, the couple end up in a remote village, and soon realize the legend is all too real. Plunged into an ancient custom they cannot comprehend, the couple must find a way to survive the night of the


Directed by Eduardo Sánchez (of Blair Witch Project fame), the idea behind the story and the story itself (while pretty common) was decent and enough to draw me in. The acting wasn't and the overall look was much better than some of the material that is hitting the shelves today. However, that is about as much praise as I can give. The cinematography, especially with many of the scenes being shot with very low light, really took something away from this film with the shakiness. While, I am not a fan of the "shaky cam" phenomenon, I do see it as a viable technique in certain situations and scenes. Not this one though, especially with the terrible lighting that I already mentioned. In all, I felt it was a good idea, but the execution was far from perfect. It was definitely a movie I waited to see when it was free, if I had paid for it, I might be more upset!



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4 comments:

  1. That's too bad, because the poster and the trailer look pretty intense. But isn't the case, far too many times?
    thanks!

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  2. I saw this as well and reviewed it.(http://jadedviewer.blogspot.com/2009/10/seventh-moon-review.html)

    This line in my review sums up the movie best:

    "You’d think a country filled with a billion people would not have any nowheres. But you’d be wrong."

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  3. That is a perfect line... I'll definitely check out your review!

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  4. I tried to watch this movie twice...just could not do it. It was so dark and I couldn't make anything out...Ended up just sitting there listening to it and thought "boy, this is stupid" so I turned it off...glad to hear I didn't miss out on a great flick due to lighting.
    Thanks for the review!

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