Mr. William Nightshade Reviews "A Tale of Two Sisters" (2003)

Salutations my screechers, screamers, and scary dreamers,

Tonight’s tale of terror entitled “A Tale of Two Sisters” relates a recently rehabilitated girl going home and having violent visions. An abused sister, sinister stepmother, and spectre seem certain to wreck her rehab.

At first the score caused me some apprehension as it did not have any sense of tension which lead me to begin seriously doubting that this film was a horror outing.  Though initially the music seemed out of place with its lilting sense of grace as the movie weaved in more suspense the score became progressively tense. Even when the film was not being scary and the score was light and airy it matched up well with the story being told which became clearer as events began to unfold.

The plot blurs the line between truth and illusion and occasionally it can cause confusion, but by the end it will all make sense even though it starts out incredibly dense.  This was a story I wanted to like a lot but it jumps around a lot and they cram so much into the conclusion that it undermines the resolution.  By the end they spent so much time trying to explain that I could feel my interest wane which is not  to say that the ending is unfit just that it overstays a bit.

To be honest, the horror aspects are fairly light as the focus is put on the character’s plight and the few scenes where the tension soars is where this picture really scores.  One scene in particular was so well designed that it has stuck very vividly in my mind as the imagery had a creepy theme like something out of a horrible dream.  One other thing that is worth a mention is that the final scare was not given much attention as the fluctuating timeline put the ending in the flashback rather than focusing on the final attack.

Story/Concept: 1
Direction/Style: 2
Scares: 1
Atmosphere: 2
Rewatchability: 1
TOTAL: 7/10

In summation, with a more clear sense of pacing this could have been a killer, but it remains a decent psychological chiller.

Sincerely,
Mr. William Nightshade