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BHOOT: The Haunted Ship (Part One) - The scariest feature of this horror film is in its title that says Part One. (Review by Bobby Sing)

22 Feb, 2020 | Movie Reviews / 2020 Releases

Despite having an unexciting trailer, hope was still there as Dharma Productions was coming up with their first dedicated horror film and Vicky Kaushal was playing the protagonist in an entirely different genre for the first time.
But unfortunately, when the supposed to be horror film began with the sequence of the hero rescuing a group of young girls from the dock after fighting with the goons, it became pretty clear that this is yet another film made without any vision, just to encash the euphoria around the exciting genre and that’s it.
Progressing with the same kind of mindset, BHOOT: The Haunted Ship delivers nothing new in terms of horror along with defying the logic, which cannot even be ignored considering the specific genre. A huge ship appears at Mumbai beach out of nowhere with nobody on board and the officials try to send it back to the sea too without making any intensive and urgent investigations.
The entire sequences of Vicky searching and struggling in the scary ruins of the ship appear to be quite close to the video-games having similar premises. And the horror never impresses coming at long intervals with many boring sequences in between testing the patience of the viewers. Debutant writer-director Bhanu Pratap Singh probably made this film out of compulsion without any preparations as such because neither the horror works in his execution nor the suspense and characterisation, wasting actors such as Vicky Kaushal and Ashutosh Rana. In fact, the only hard work done is in the technical departments of production design, digital effects, sound and art. But wish these departments alone could result in an entertaining horror movie.
To be fair, the visuals of a mysterious giant ship appearing on the beach overnight did have the potential, but the team fails to exploit the same in any manner whatsoever. 
In few words, the present BHOOT is not even close to what we experienced while repeatedly watching Ram Gopal Varma’s BHOOT in packed halls more than 15 years back. Not qualifying for even a comparison, this certainly would be a tough watch on the online platforms too among the choice of much superior horror content available on a click. Frankly, this BHOOT should have also directly released online saving us from the torture in theatre, just like Dharma Production’s DRIVE.
But yes, one feature of the film did scare me a lot and it was the Part One written in its title, showing the horrifying confidence of its makers.
Rating : 1.5 / 5 

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