Horror is one genre that Bollywood is yet to master. No matter how much the makers try to convince us that its something never seen before, we always see wheelchairs moving around, benches flying, doors shutting, random scary noises and one ghost wanting to kill a bunch of people without any particular reason. Yes I just talked about Horror Story
The movie is about a group of friends, Achint (Nishant Malkani
), Maghesh (Ravish Desai
), Samrat (Hasan Zaidi
), Maggie (Aparna Bajpai
), Neena (Radhika Menon
), Sonia (Nandini Vaid
) celebrating Neil's (Karan Kundra
) start to a new career and giving him a farewell over drinks. They then decide to go to a haunted hotel just to have fun and prove (God only knows to whom) that ghosts don't exist (something never heard before, isn't it?). The story then progresses with strange things that start to happen and soon they realize that the place is haunted indeed. The group gets caught in every clichd and predictable situation possible. Almost 20 minutes into the movie and I knew that the script was written borrowing from all those horror television serials I used to watch as a kid which didn't scare me even back then.
Be it the ghost that appeared a few times to scare you or the nursery rhymes that were played in husky whispers, nothing seems to strike the correct note. You can just sit without having any anxiety and even predict how a character will react and what will happen next. Even the story behind the place being haunted is plain and the ghost instead of scaring you, makes you want to laugh at many times.
The performances are plain average and nothing interesting or different for the viewer. As for the title of the film, I am sure is apt as yes, watching it indeed felt like a horror story for a person who watches films for a living.
All in all Horror Story
is just another film on the block which has nothing new to offer to a film buff like me. For people who are looking for a serious spooky time will be left disappointed. If a person like me who gets scared at the drop of a hat didn't get scared, then what about people who enjoy the genre horror.
Well, we all know Vikram Bhatt has given us alot of horror films but this one can be missed without feeling bad about it. I hope the director of the film, Ayush Raina makes something else next time and gets all the stars he misses with this one.