Once you think about it, a smelly fart is somewhat like an evil spirit in that it is incorporeal, cannot be seen or photographed, inflicts suffering and is extremely difficult to exorcise. This is why when in “Raaz the Mystery Continues” Nandita the heroine hears sinisterly hoarse devilish voices and unseen-to-everyone-but-herself images of bloody messages being scribbled , messages that say “Tum asuddh Ho. Tum Sar chuke ho” [You are soiled. You are rotting] I kept wondering as to the nature of the “soiling” and speculating on the real mystery behind the twisted faces of the damned and their tortured expressions.
If only the movie had been about an infernal smell that arises from eating too much oily food, “Raaz the Mystery Continunes”, the latest offering from the stables of the Bhatts, would have been mildly original.
However it just stinks, made up of recycled bits of horror cliches and sequences from movies like the Ring, assembled in an environment-friendly way.
This is not to say that “Raaz the Insanity Continues” does not have moments of horror. Sure it does. The hair stands on the back of one’s neck everytime Adhyayan (or is it Adha-man) Suman appears on the screen, (recently in the news for being gifted a BMW Series 7 on his birthday by his dad “Shaker” Suman on account of his hard work and his “friendship” with co-star Kangana RunOut, lately in the news for asking reporters in what can only inspire horror “Is Republic Day Independence Day or the other one?”) [link courtesy: Shubhadeep Roy]. Everytime one of the poor sidey actors meets a grizzly though predictable end, much terror is created but more of the “How bad is this going to get” type.
And the biggest horror of them all?
Emran Hashmi is by far the best actor here on view.
Now if this does not scare you, then you are already dead.
I would have discussed the strengths of the movie and the stand-out sequences in my own words but then again why go through all the effort when Taran Adarsh describes it all too well in his typically well-thought-out review.
Mohit smartly builds up the atmosphere. Sample these: Emraan and Kangna’s first encounter at a mall and minutes later, inside an elevator; the New Year bash when Kangna is ‘attacked’ by spirits; Kangna’s experience in her bathtub and also when she looks at the mirror; Kangna almost jumping off a cliff; the highpoint sequence, when angry bulls attack Emraan and Kangna. Incredible sequences all!
While Kangana’s experience in her bathtub may appear to be the most interesting for mystery-lovers (considering we do get a flash of an exposed body part), let me assure you that the angry bulls attacking Emran and Kangana should not escape your notice (considering that the bulls are so obviously “special effects”) and I am sure that you , in the words of Adarsh, will watch it with your “eyes and jaws wide open”.
That is if you do choose to watch “Raaz the Mystery Continues”.
In summary, avoid this movie like you would a haunted house on a moonless night.