In films like Jaws and Forbidden Planet, the less you saw the monster the more it built the tension. Then there are films where either there wasn’t enough budget for the creature or something went terribly wrong and the costume got damaged or the production team thought your imagination should be enough to provide the terror. Tonight I shall connect two films that have an invisible monster so as to make a double feature.
Sound of Horror (1966)
|Yep, that's invisible!|
|Shake that groove thing!|
Did I mention the dancing? There are numerous scenes of the characters dancing for no real reason. If you wish to witness the horror for yourself it is available for streaming or download from Internet Archive.
Agyaat: The Unknown (2009)
A film unit goes for a shoot in a forest, but breaks down deep in the jungle. Resulting in a four-day delay, the 9-member cast and crew of a Bollywood movie, including leading lady Aasha, and her egoistic co-star, Sharman Kapoor; decide to relax and take an outing with their guide, Setu. They end up at a picturesque spot and decide to spend the night there - not realizing they will soon be stalked and brutally killed by a seemingly invincible, unseen and unknown beast and/or an extraterrestrial entity. Did I mention there is dancing in this one too? Oh course I didn’t have to, it’s a Bollywood film. Of course there’s dance numbers.
Upon release, the film received mixed reviews. Mihir Fadnavis of India.com, who gave the film 1 and a half star out of 5, noted that "There's no way Agyaat isn't a major career embarrassment for director Ram Gopal Varma, and a possible career stopper for Nisha Kothari."
Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave 2/5 (Average) for director Ramgopal Varma's Agyaat; Masand states "At a time when special effects and digital tricks can be used to create just about anything, here's a reminder that what really scares us is the stuff we can't see".
Nikhat Kazmi of Times of India gave 2/5 and noted "It neither thrills nor chills with its repetitive running-for-life sequences and its absolutely infuriating end which offers no explanation whatsoever for the scurrying and screaming".
Subhash K Jha (IBOS) gave 2.5/5 noting "Jungle fever has never been more contagious. Every corner of the Sri Lankan jungle as shot with mesmeric skill by the cinematographer Surjodeep Ghosh is filled with danger."
Taran Adarsh gave this movie a rating of 3/5 saying "Ramgopal Varma thinks differently. This time too, the maverick film-maker defies the stereotype and takes to the dense forests of Sri Lanka to meet an 'unknown' force" and explains further "But let's clear the misconception at the very start. Agyaat is no supernatural thriller (like Phoonk) or a horror fest (like Bhoot). This one's more of an adventure thriller that doesn't scare you at all, but makes you a participant in a pulse-pounding journey".