Amazon Double Feature #2: Back to the Blumhouse 10/14

Once again I was fortunate enough to receive passes for the Amazon/Blumhouse preview showings of two upcoming films. As before the films were shown at the Ford-Wyoming Drive-In.1

Evil Eye features Usha (Sarita Choudhury), a superstitious and overprotective mother with a penchant for meddling in her daughter’s love life. She wants Pallavi (Sunita Mani) to marry, going so far as to arrange dates for her from another continent. When Pallavi meets Sandeep (Omar Maskati), one would think that Usha would be happy, but she becomes first suspicious and eventually paranoid about the perfect man that her daughter has fallen for. Usha believes that Sandeep is someone from her past, come to fulfill the curse she feels that her family is under. While the film might have benefited from a more thorough examination of whether or not Usha was correct or slipping into madness, Evil Eye does deliver. The acting, especially in the case of the family dynamics, is solid. Watch this one if you have Prime.

Nocturne Sydney Sweeney and Madison Iseman star as twin sisters Juliet and Vivian, both musical prodigies from a young age. Vivian is the more talented and outgoing of the two while Juliet suffers in her shadow. When a classmate commits suicide, it sets in motion a series of events which culminate in Juliet coming into her own. The movie varies between focusing on Juliet’s coming of age story and a tale of simple sibling rivalry. When it is good, it portrays a young woman desperate to succeed and the lengths she will go to. When not so good, Juliet simply appears petty. The supernatural elements are interesting, if a bit predictable at times. There are some scenes where the audience is not sure if what is being portrayed is actually happening or a hallucination and the best of these are heart wrenching. Worth a watch on Prime, but you can be folding laundry while doing so.

1 And we all know how much I love the drive-in.