13B (2009)

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Thank God – rather Devil – for a horror film that doesn’t pander to the obvious clichés like possessed spirits, exorcists or witchcraft. 13B is a refreshingly different horror film, although a bit long.The movie tells the story of a joint family that moves into an apartment, 13B, on the 13th floor of a residential building. Everything is hunky dory at first. But then, slowly and creepily, weird incidents begin to happen.

Cast: Madhavan, Neeta Chandra, Poonam Dhillon

Madhavan , who plays the younger of the two married brothers, is the only one who notices these chilling coincidences. The elevator doesn’t work whenever he uses it. The old neighbour’s prescient dog refuses to enter the family’s apartment. And most importantly, he notices an eerie similarity between the characters of a TV soap and the members of his family (his wife, brother, bhabi, mother, sister, and two kids) who are hooked to the idiot box. He observes that the unfortunate accidents that transpire in the television soap eventually happen to the members of his own family.

Flummoxed and puzzled, he decides to dig deeper and unravel the mystery with the help of his cop friend (Murali Sharma).

Director Vikram K Kumar lays the foundation of story very deftly and gradually takes the film from a feelgood zone to a dark, paranormal, spooky one. Mind you, no ghosts pop out of closets or bathroom tubs. It’s the stuck elevators, distorted images on cellphones, flickering bulbs, and the mysterious teleserial with its ominous calamities that gives the jitters. Not to forget the brilliant cinematography by PC Sreeram and excellent background score that’s used to build anticipation and then deliver a jolt.

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