Visions: Passable Horror Eventually Delivers in Third Act
While it doesn’t take too long before it ends up diving deep down in the abyss of cheap frights and recycled scares, Visions – courtesy of Blumhouse Productions – manages to to introduce a sense of intrigue and interest in a story we’ve all seen before. Even though it may not be the most compelling or engaging of horror features out there, it’s still relatively entertaining to earn itself a passing grade.
After suffering a horrific car accident, Eveleigh (Fisher) and David Maddox (Mount), decide that it’s time to turn a new page in their lives by purchasing a vineyard and relocating to the picturesque Californian countryside to live out their dream of running a winery. Hoping that their label will impress the local tastemaker, Helena (Cassidy), the couple – who are also expecting a baby – are excited to get setup in their new home, with Eveleigh quickly befriending another mommy-to-be, Sadie (Jacobs).
However, Eveleigh is finding difficulty in adapting to her new surroundings with the expectant mother soon experiencing frightening nightmares and terrifying hallucinations, leaving everyone – including David – to think that she’s gone crazy. Nevertheless, she is determined to find out the truth and discover the secret of the vineyard, which appears to be haunted with a shady past no one wants to speak of.
Told mostly through the eyes of an anxious and seemingly frightened mother-to-be trying to get over a horrific incident and personal loss, Visions is not exactly what you might call an original idea. With creepy shadows, weird sects and ghostly manifestations, it’s a premise that has already been explored in numerous variations.
Writers, L.D Goffigan and Lucas Sussman, – and Saw veteran Kevin Greutert manage to pull off a few innovative horror twists towards the end, making it slightly easier to forgive the story’s somewhat of a slow and uneventful start – a start in which Jim Parsons and Eva Langoria prove to be terrible casting choices for a horror, not least because their familiarity from The Big Bang Theory and Desperate Housewives, respectively, is incredibly distracting.
However, even though it does go through the first two acts of the movie checking off every single horror trick and supernatural trope in the book – weird neighbours who seem like they are in on the secret, cloaked figures in the mist set on spooking the victim and not to mention the customary furniture-moving– the story manages to pull through in its final act, offering an element of surprise not usually found in these types of productions.