Mary Poppins Returns
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A generically conceived horror thriller distinguished only by its belief that more hysteria equals a more frightening movie.
A poky thriller that - eventually - delivers some decent scares.
It's a reasonable premise for a horror film, but the execution is remarkably lackluster.
The locations in Savannah, Georgia are atmospheric, but there is much clumsy exposition and some very lazy 'boo!'-type scares.
A strong debut from Clive Tonge, Mara gets a little bogged down by its formulaic narrative, but does have some gems hidden amongst it.
Horror need not be neat and tidy, but haphazard, unorganized scares with underdeveloped characters and dialogue that rivals fingernails on a chalkboard is beyond untidy. It's simply unnecessary.
This particular outing will satisfy an audience that enjoys jitters, with just enough scares that as you leave the theatre you might dread your next bout of sleep paralysis.
You're not dreaming... it's another mediocre horror movie about sleep paralysis.
... relies on cheap frights, creepy imagery, shrieking music swells, and other genre clichés instead of generating meaningful or consistent suspense.
Tonge provides some dark and chilly atmosphere ... but that's not nearly enough to elevate Mara above its tedious formula.
"Mara" has a host of problems that prevent it from achieving scares, with its primary sin being a general lack of suspense.
Smart plot, but leaden pacing deflates the frights right out of it.
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