Our Quick Reviews bring you great movie recommendations without the spoilers.
Plot: A husband and wife move into a new home with their two young children. After a series of seemingly supernatural occurrences, the husband installs video cameras throughout the home in our to monitor these events and begins to suspect that his wife has been possessed by a jinn.
Inspired by Paranormal Activity, Dabbe: Bir Cin Vakasi (translated A Jinn Case) is a found footage style movie that surprisingly doesn’t suck, and it’s from Turkey of all places. The movie is the third of four in the Dabbe series, but also can be viewed as a standalone film.
What we liked:
- Has a genuinely dark, ominous and just plain demonic vibe.
- The director’s creative use of digitized, evil speech (reminiscent of something you might hear on a black metal album) adds a creepy atmosphere to the film.
- Only contains a limited amount of shaky cam, so it probably won’t make you nauseous.
What we didn’t like:
- Relies heavily on CGI and while it’s mostly well done, there are exceptions.
The purpose of the ‘found footage’ style of movie-making is supposed to be to add realism, and while most of these types of films fail to deliver any real terror, Dabbe is an experience that will stay in your head for awhile. The pace a bit slow, with most real scares happening towards the end, but the suspenseful and chaotic last half hour are well worth the wait. The DVD, which is available via Amazon.com and similar sites, contains English sub-titles, so go hunt it down.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Check out Dabbe: Bir Cin Vakasi in the IMDB: