31 Days of Horror 2018: Day 19- Temple

Posted October 19, 2018 by Thomas James Juretus in Movies

Day 19 on our terrifying travels, and today’s journey takes us to Japan, the setting for the 2017 flick Temple. Three American tourists- Chris (Logan Huffman), Kate (Natalia Warner), and James (Brandon Tyler Sklenar)- travel to Japan for Kate to research Buddhist temples. While perusing a local shop, they come across a book that details a hidden temple near a remote village. Despite warnings not to go there, the trio naturally makes the trip, and are guided through the woods to the temple by a mysterious young boy (Yamato Tazawa). Once there, they get more than they bargained for. 7/10 stars

While boasting some creepy moments, Temple doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel when it comes to a tale of a forbidden place that is visited regardless by young people who think they now better. Despite its familiarity, director Michael Barrett in his feature debut (he previously worked as a cinematographer on projects like Ted 2 and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) keeps the movie interesting and moving along at a nice pace, and giving it a properly suspenseful atmosphere and even providing a couple of jump scares. The cast is likeable enough, and the script frames the film as a mystery that unravels as we go along. There are a couple of decent simple yet effective make-up effects to enjoy as well. It doesn’t offer much in the way of anything new or surprising, but it makes for an enjoyable watch. Now showing on Netflix.

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