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‘?’ – Question Mark: Movie Review (2012)

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Director:  Yash Allison
Genre: Horror
Rating: ***

It is rare for horror in Bollywood to not appear horrific in ways that the genre was never meant to be. More often than not, horror films in India rely on stock shock treatment – creaking doors, heart-pounding, background music, startling sound effects… you name it!

Here is the real thing. Stripped of all cinematic trappings, this uniquely titled horror film is so edgy, it topples you over into the abyss of the absolutely unknown, that no-man’s land where inexplicable phenomena fuel a kind of terror that cannot be wished away by switching off the camera.

This one doesn’t assuage your fears by the claim, ‘Oh well, it was just a movie.’

Scary to the core, the terror of watching a group of bright young film students’ endeavour to make a horror film turn into a living nightmare, is done with such a high level of authenticity that you end up watching the pre-determined progression of the plot with a sense of growing dread at the pit of your stomach.

The ‘found footage’ technique of presenting the horror genre as an on-the-spot live reportage of the chilling events, is effectively applied. The film has no crew and cast details to provide.

We are expected to believe that the young people we see as a film crew in the film, shot the footage of their own activities in the jungle before their lives were snuffed by unknown unseen, but definitely evil forces.

The footage is conveniently jerky, hazy and uneven. The ‘found footage’ format gives the presentation a licence to be as freewheeling in intent and as askew in its purpose as the hand-camera permits. As the characters are waylaid by unknown unseen evil, we feel the approaching footsteps of diabolic terror.

The narrative has an arresting momentum. From the time we see the happy-go-lucky team driving to the forest to the bloodcurdling pre-finale and finale occurrences, the narration gets you by your throat and squeezes it hard.

This whammy of a shiver-giver takes the horror genre down an unknown path. The fear of the unknown has seldom seemed more palpable. When we use the phrase, ‘There’s something out there’ we generally apply the sense of foreboding to a cinematic approach to terror whereby finally we know, we can go home safe in the knowledge that the supernatural exists only in cinema.

This film offers no such solace. Full credit to the footage collectors Yash and Allison for cracking the oft-abused genre of horror so effectively.

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  1. Nadeem
    February 18, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    i realy dont like the so called stock shock treatment in bollywood horror movies as well as hollywood they should start making movies like older times like the evil death and all those where in one can really see the evil ..and some gore action…

    • abhay
      August 29, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

      This movie is remake of hollywood movie paranormal activity. Indians hollywood ka remake banana kab chorege.

  2. sc
    February 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    sc

  3. Mustafa Aziz
    March 6, 2012 at 1:01 am #

    Great Movie Guys ;;;;;;

    It will take you out of this world for some moments.

    Enjoy & Feel the real Horror with this movie.

    Mustafa Aziz

  4. kevin
    March 6, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    thts gr8 movie guys.

    Lst 20 ments was dam horror i coudnt evn se tht alon

    I wudn evr wish to trap tht kind of huntng place.

  5. Roshan Shah
    March 7, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    Well guys ,right now I am watching this movie , i am in the scene where Simran has been controlled by the spirit . I am alone in the midnight in my hostel . Its really scary , I am confused that is this your own experience or this is your film coz it seems real to me and sometimes i think this must be an idea of an intelligent film maker. I am confused .

  6. Roshan Shah
    March 7, 2012 at 1:12 am #

    I finished the movie … Hope you guys are still alive haha :D , Finally sure that this s just the move , but a nice one …… keep making movies guys , best of luck

  7. Jas Vichare
    March 7, 2012 at 1:54 am #

    Damn horror ya….
    We all enjoyed movie….
    last 20 mins were very freakin horror…..
    I dont think that i can sleep well tonight……

  8. Farrukh
    March 10, 2012 at 1:13 am #

    I wonder that you guys found this movie horror. Well it maybe for horror newbie guys because the acting is poor, direction is poor i suggest if you wanna see a real horror in handy camera genre watch “THE TUNNEL FILM” and i’m sure it will make your few upside down lolzzzzzz …

  9. Nimi
    March 11, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    LOL this was soooo creepy!! firstly i thought this was a real movie!! nd i reLLY creeped OUT!!…BUT Gud Gracious Tht THIS Was Only A MOVIE!! gUD WRK guyxxxxx!!!!

  10. Mutaher
    March 14, 2012 at 2:50 am #

    It was realy amazing realy a v gud scary movie i watched it few minutes ago alone n its also night n dark realy gud movie seems like every thing is hapnd in real n in starting near bonfire where aki started his conversation n one of the girl sed wot? Wot dis u say?
    4m there
    i thought its real story gr8
    low budget gud movie:)

  11. faisal bahiya
    March 14, 2012 at 5:30 am #

    ayr bhai iss movie ne to phaar d yr ……… abhi aik 2 din tak to neend nahi aygi……..
    confuse main b hn k ye real kahani hai ya just movie…… akhir mein bht horor hai frends akele to daikhna b nahi ………..
    main abhi apni mom k pass late gaya hn
    so agar jigar hai to film daikho bht horor hai
    hope u will afraid hahhaha :D

  12. Neel
    March 16, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    I watching this movie and right now I am alone in the house. I am at the scene where, Simran is being controlled by spirit. Before i finished i wanted to see the reviews that it is just a movie or it was real. If it is real i don’t wanna finished, after watching the climax, i may not be able to sleep alone in the house.

  13. Bilal
    March 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    Hello every one I watched this move I can say that I never seen before this type of horror movie not even in hollywood this movie 100% near to reality. Great work by boys and girls with brilliant acting I was feeling very scared while watching movie although it was afternoon:)

  14. mrityunjay
    March 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    I saw this movie its veryyyyyyyyy nice …. I think some part of this movie inspired from EVIL DEATH!!!!!!!!!…. but I believe in ghost also believe in GOD.

  15. Chut
    March 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    Please combine The Fourth Kind, The Blair Witch Project, The Last Exorcism.
    The Exorcist,THE TUNNEL and make a movie

  16. Faisal
    March 30, 2012 at 2:15 am #

    Surprising ,ho how come no one from those seven friends in the movie ? did not use cell phones…….to call some one for help….this is a big question mark now….

  17. Mani
    March 30, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    Hi Guys , just watched this movie , its a totally a Diffrent Experince. Really Enjoyed watching this movie,

  18. Rishi
    April 4, 2012 at 11:52 pm #

    Well, really nice movie to watch for once.
    watch alone and without lights on…
    CHEERS!!

  19. anu
    April 12, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    I just watched dis movie,,really very scary….is it true story or jst a mv…?????

  20. Udit Sharma
    April 17, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    NICE WORK … newcomers did exceptionally well … i still wonder Bollywood has made such a nice movie… much much better than the PARANORMAL ACTIVITIES….

    CHEERS ppl and keep it up

  21. shiraz
    April 24, 2012 at 12:06 am #

    movie was good but if it is real then why not we have real footage looks like some spice has been added who knows if not full footage then atleast a minute shot of real victims of photos oh yeah @ udit you are right seems like paranormal activity but we get to see more heartthrobing stuff then that movie…

    still i would consider watching a real footage.

  22. sunny
    April 24, 2012 at 3:19 am #

    yup it was really nce horror movie……bole to fadddooooo
    watch it alone…..he he hah ha…

  23. bollywood movies
    May 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    good work…

  24. bollywood movies
    May 1, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    good work…

  25. bunty....glp
    May 3, 2012 at 7:57 am #

    guys……really like da movie……gudjob bollywood…..kp making ds type of film….

  26. taha
    May 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    Dam horror movie….guys dnt wacth it whn u r alne itd mind freaking movie gud wrk guys i dnt thnk tht i wil b slpng well tonight even m getting scared to my own washrum…wwwwooooooooowwwwww

    • Shubham
      May 22, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

      hi

  27. Shubham
    May 22, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    hey gayz i watched that movie few minute ago ,and i was alone in house but i not scared COZ i have guts ……….the movie was soooo guD….;)

  28. amrit sharma
    June 24, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    vry nice video.and before this time maine horror movies nahi dakhe sahi main bhut darawani hai.

  29. Kumar
    June 25, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    Mind blowing…Very very scary…I know this is real because in 2010 I have read about these people in News Paper… Police has try lots to find other people but they are still missing… After watch this movie and know that its real I am not able to sleep well for almost week…Don’t watch Alone and W/o light especially at Night Time…

  30. anand & umang
    June 25, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    this is compltely fake…. because at the last seen we saw that the camera neare to the ghost and i think thai is impossible……
    bt nise movie

  31. anand & umang
    June 25, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    i think that is true story after to watch this movie…
    so plz don’t see this movie…

  32. Adarsh sinha
    July 8, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    Yes it is true a horror that i had seen in my life

  33. Jitendra das
    July 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Damn !! Great Movie!! First I Thought that it was the real footage!!! Which realiy freaked me out!! Then got to know that the story or this rather sad incident was real which has been made into a film in “found footage format”!! Gr8 work Yash Allison and feeling very sad for the guys who died with no fault of theirs :( and Mr FAISAL, I think you havent seen the movie properly!!, all of them tried to use the cellphone but from the first day only, NETWORK was not available!! Bdw I have one question, in the last seen why the group of friends were shown again making pose for a photo which was shown earlier before the start of the horror events?? Was the local person who took the photograph responsible for all this?????????????????

  34. Anj
    September 5, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    There us still a question mark in my mind…. Is this movie a real footage or was the movie just a movie with actors…. If it was just a movie… Well I must say that they were all horribly good!!!! Hats off to all of them…. Alas!!!! Bollywood has made a horror movie despite it’s more or less like Paranormal Activity…. Good try

  35. rishi raj
    October 28, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    yo guys.. i was scared to death. i had to stop the movie in the last and watch liar liar for 10 minutes so as to find the courage to finish this movie.. it seemed so real.. its 4 48 in the morning and i’m wondering how to sleep.. great work..

  36. shah rupen
    November 29, 2012 at 1:55 am #

    i watch this movie…..i m so scred tonight and i fill alone and movie’s last 20-25 min. is realy scery…….fadu movie…..

  37. srija
    January 6, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

    is it based on a true story?

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