Phobia – movie review

It’s been a long time coming. I’ve been wanting to watch a horror movie from India for quite some time now. Especially after I finished watching the Ghoul miniseries. Coming across this I knew that I had to watch it, especially since it stars the same actress from the show.

Mehak (Radhika Apte) is a young painter who seems to have it all. However, one night, while returning home from a party, she gets too intoxicated and her taxi driver sees an opportunity and well… He has his way with her to put it lightly.

After her experience, she becomes severely traumatized and develops agoraphobia refusing to leave her home. In order to help her, her friend Shaan (Satyadeep Misra) helps her move into a recently vacated apartment until the owner comes home.

Unfortunately for her, the new apartment only makes things worse for her. Her neighbors are weird, she starts seeing horrific things around her and she becomes trapped in her own mind as well as her apartment. Is something horrific happening or is it all in her mind?

This was a very solid attempt for psychological horror. It was a very decent watch giving out some 1408 vibes meaning it was nothing new or unique but it does manage to give you a compelling story with what it has. Shot wonderfully and paced perfectly (even though it is a fairly long movie) it’s hard to not enjoy.

Radhika Apte was a great lead, making me a fan of hers from both of the things that I’ve seen her in and it’s safe to say that she carried the movie. She managed to get you invested and worried about the character. And I really do have to give the movie props for making the ending very unique and unexpected. Which, is a good thing but I’m not sure that it was entirely effective. It does feel as if they are trying too hard to wow us but I might just be looking too much into it.

At the end of the day although not the best psychological horror movie that I’ve seen, it’s a great movie that I recommend.

Final verdict: 7.5/10

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