Continuing from last year, this project is an attempt to help me get dvds that for one reason or another I’ve never seen off of my shelf and give them a watch. Today I watched Long Time Dead.
IMDb: Long Time Dead (18 January 2002 UK)
A young Londoner and his friends use a Ouija board to hold a seance, triggering a chain of mysterious deaths that may be caused by an otherworldly force.
Turn your subtitles on now. I was definitely seperated from this film by a supposedly common language. I’ve had complaints this month about the groups of people that I as a viewer have been set up to relate to several times this month. Yuppies, douche bag college students, etc. Somehow I relate even less able to characters that spend their time in a dance club. That might work for normal people, but for me they may as well be from fucking Mars. Anyway, let’s move on to the plot elements. They mix a lot of different elements: Ouija, possession, and djinn. They manage to use djinn in a non-genie context which is interesting. One of the failures in the mixing is the possession. The idea on its own is fine, but they demonstrationed it using a face morph effect that looks very cheap. They could have relied more on the actor to sell the possession and gotten further with it. This is another movie that falls in the watchable category.
I’m in the final stretch. Hopefully the next is great, or bad enough to break this streak of alright but bland movies. Come back tomorrow to find out. In the meantime, listen to Motion Picture Meltdown’s episode on Wishmaster.