review by Bobby Blakey
Ever since they burst onto the screen with the sleeper hit Paranormal Activity in 2009 and has since become a juggernaut in horror delivering films including Insidious, Sinister, The Purge and Halloween. Now Blumhouse Television and Amazon Studios have teamed up to conjure Welcome to the Blumhouse, a collection of all-new, diversely-themed, brand-unified films that is taking the anthology concept and stepping it up to full length horror anthology films.
The plan is to release eight films with dual premieres on Amazon Prime Video with the first two films were Black Box and The Lie premiering on October 6th and now the next two films Evil Eye and Nocturne have debuted. Nocturne is written and directed by Zu Quirke in her breakout feature debut and stars Sydney Sweeney, Madison Iseman, Jacques Colimon and Ivan Shaw.
Nocturne follows inside the halls of an elite arts academy where a timid music student begins to outshine her more accomplished and outgoing twin sister when she discovers a mysterious notebook belonging to a recently deceased classmate. Not sure what I was expecting going into this one, but I thought it would be a deeper and just more. It isn’t a bad movie, but it was just missing something for me.
The story is interesting enough and has that grounded element you can relate to while infusing it with that supernatural twist. The film is slow paced by design to showcase the growth and building of issues with these sisters. Where it struggles for me the most is with their relationship. It seems pretty strong as we are introduced to their growth to this point, but then pretty quickly it is in a different place altogether. I felt like we missed something and in turn couldn’t get fully invested.
When we finally get to the meat of it all it felt too familiar in a predictable way the
never fully paid off for me. It isn’t a bad movie by any means, just one that failed to reach its full potential in my opinion. This is my least favorite of the four films in the Welcome To The Blumhouse series but it still delivers something that I think will connect with some.
Step up to the piano and prepare to play with Nocturne streaming now on Amazon along with Black Box, The Lie and Evil Eye as part of the Welcome to the Blumhouse collection.