#155 -- Don't Look Up (2009)

Director: Fruit Chan
Rating: 2/5

This is one of those movies that had an interesting story but failed to deliver. There was a legend about a gypsy girl who was murdered because she had a deformity. In the 1920s, a film crew (which included Eli Roth) tried to make a movie about that girl, but every one of the crew members was killed. In the present time, director Marcus has hallucinations and visions dealing with that girl and the old movie. He decides to try to recreate the movie in the same location. So he takes his crew to Romania to an abandoned film studio to shoot a movie about a gypsy girl. There's something about the area above them that doesn't sit right. There's an awful smell that makes people sick, and Marcus notices that the girl in the original film was looking up right before she got freaked out. So I guess that's why they shouldn't look up, though that wasn't really explained completely. Anyways, Marcus crew starts getting killed. One man is attacked by flies. Another man is attacked by flies. One has a big light fixture drop on his head, and a woman mysteriously falls from the balcony. These scenes really were not that great. Marcus' visions really torment him, and he's eventually confronted by the dead gypsy girl. There's also something about his dead wife in there, but...I'm not really sure what was going on in that department. She died, but he didn't realize it, and he'd spent the last few months talking to her and visiting her. There was also something weird about the star of his film, as well as the producer, but again...Not quite sure. There were a couple of really disgusting childbirth scenes, which were pretty much the most memorable thing about the entire movie. Sadly.

I wasn't sure about a lot of things in this one, actually. That's where it fails for me. The story was interesting, but the movie made absolutely no sense. It's like they knew what was going on, and they assumed that we would automatically understand it. There wasn't really any explanation for anything, and it left me very confused. There were a couple of creepy parts, but it wasn't enough to make up for the fact that I had no clue what was going on.

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