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Sight

Directed by Adam Ahlbrandt

Written by Adam Ahlbrandt

Starring Clayton Haske, Allison Persaud, Frank Traynor, Tony Luke Jr.

Produced by Clayton Haske

Rated R

81 minutes

***

Sometimes the scariest things are the things you can’t possibly understand, and Sight is going to prove that point out nicely.

How, you ask? Simple—Sight is all about a guy who sees ghosts. He thinks he’s alone in the universe, and everyone else thinks he’s insane, but soon, he meets someone that changes his whole picture of the universe. Cheery happy thought, really…until you find out that, one, she also sees ghosts, and two, she’s got a really cranky ex-boyfriend.

Oh, and did I mention that none of that is really true?

Yeah. That’s the kind of movie that Sight actually is. It’s one of those movies that’s going to mess with your head like no tomorrow. Sight spends a whole lot of time being one massive freakout. The folks behind Sight actually manage to use the inferior grainy quality of their video to project an atmosphere of disjointed menace in which the dead are constantly watching…and they’re often pissed.

They’ve also backed up their play with some downright creepy makeup effects—this is almost stuff that regular folks could be doing for Halloween, but they’ve put it together in such a fashion that it’s actually plenty scary.

Normally, I know I rail on disjointed movies as being confusing and shoddily executed. This time, as happens sometimes, is different, and the disjointedness adds to the fear by making everything so damn unlikely to happen that watching any of it happen is a baffling and irrational conclusion. It contradicts logic by its very existence, and yet, you have a record of it happening right in front of you.

Oh…and every so often, they’ll stick in a little extra something that makes things even creepier. There’s this absolutely priceless sequence where an elderly blind woman is trying to close a closet door, and complains that it always sticks when she tries to shut it. It’s only when Jeffrey, and by extension you, sees why it sticks that the whole thing makes sense in a really dark fashion.

Lemme put it this way…the next time you hear a regular bump in the night, you’ll start to wonder just what made it. And that’s the sign of a decent horror movie.

The ending is packed with the screech of poorly-played violins and even more fun with ghosties. Most of the loose ends will be taken care of, some more satisfactorally than others.

The special features include English and Spanish subtitles, as well as trailers for The Eye, Retribution, Seance, and The Backwoods.

All in all, Sight should prove to be a scary little pocket of glee, not without its problems and a marginal ending, but should still be plenty of spooky fun for anyone willing to take a crack at it.

Steve Anderson is a film critic who collects action figures so he can dress them up as his favorite horror villains. He lives somewhere in the United States.


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