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Raaz: Reboot - Movie Review

Verdict - "An embarrassment!"

Nearly 15 years after the first film (Raaz) got released, Raaz: Reboot which was mentioned as the last film in the franchise was freed from the production and made public to the audience this Friday. As a silent supporter of Emraan Hashmi and his films for many years, I am pretty curious about watching this movie hoping that Emraan will finally get a box-office hit. But! 
Bounded within secrets, the newly married couple Rehaan (Gaurav Arora) and Shaina (Kriti Kharbanda) arrive at Romania to start a new life together in a luxurious apartment. Subsequently, Shaina starts to experience spooky things in the apartment and Rehaan takes no notice to the incidents thinking that his wife is delusional. After days of trying to explain about the spooky happenings in the house, Shaina confronts Aditya (her ex-boyfriend) (Emraan Hashmi) who explains Shaina that he is been having precognitive dreams about her and worries about her safety. Happened to be the only human being to believe in her, Shaina teams up with Aditya and tries to find out a real explanation about the weird things happening in her life.  

Making a horror film requires few imperative traits, like an authentic storyline, well-established characters, remarkable direction and appropriate use of CGI and sound effects. Did this film excel in any one of these attributes? No! With a horrible prolonged 127 minute runtime, this film was boring from the get-go and tested my patience from the start to the finish. 

Written and directed by Vikram Bhatt, this film had a tedious storyline besides some of the lazily written dialogues which are been the case for most horror films in recent years. The three main characters were not established properly except for wasting their time in lengthy forgettable songs. The scenic locations were not used to their full potential and the scary sequences were not even frightening or funny but they were downright embarrassing.

Overall, Raaz: Reboot explores nothing original and sticks to the old, clichéd and overused attributes that never made the film interesting or at least scary. It's time for directors like Vikram Bhatt to step back from the horror genre before it becomes stale and completely uninteresting for the audience to watch.

My Rating - 1/5
Grade - D (Absolutely Awful)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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