Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Half Light

Half Life stars Demi Moore and is written and directed by Craig Rosenberg who will, as is the norm these days, be releasing a remake of the excellent Korean horror film Janghwa, Hongryeon or A Tale of Two Sisters, which will be released in 2008.

Half Life itself seems like a remake, not of one particular film but a collection of horror films pieced together to make something new but unfortunately it spends its time retreading familiar territory.

Demi Moore plays Rachel Carlson, a best selling novelist and is married to her editor and husband Brian who is also a struggling writer envious of his wifes success who believes their roles should be reversed.
Their marriage seems to be walking through the motions but the central plotline is Rachel's young son from a previous partner who drowns after being neglected by Rachel in her attempt to finish a chapter and, eight months later with a book deadline looming and an overwhelming sense of guilt, she decides to move to a remote Scottish cabin to clear her head and finish the novel she was writing before tragedy struck.

It is here that she finds herself unable to shake the past and is seemingly haunted by the ghost of her dead son. Luckily she finds solace in a lighthouse keeper on a trip to research the island for her novel but is it all too good to be true?

That is not the question you'll be asking yourself however, as you'll be able to guess what's around the corner before it happens. The real question will be how long until the film is over.

It's probably not the worst horror film you've ever seen and you could do a lot worse believe me but if you like to watch horror films late at night, you'll struggle to stay awake. My recommendation is to watch Janghwa, Hongryeon, then try and sleep.

This film gets 4.2 double nightmare sequences out of 10



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