We see a woman, who leads a simple life, going through her daily activities. We see that she lives by herself in a small apartment and also works at her job as a waitress at a local restaurant.
In “Coco”, a horror film written and directed by Neil Boultby, the viewer is lulled into a false sense of security as we see this woman (Natalia Kaverznikova) go through her day to day, only to find out everything isn’t as it seems. A dark past is slowly unveiled and we find out that an evil presence is following this woman, a presence that intends to destroy everything and everyone she comes into contact with.
Similar to Japanese horror films such as “Ju-on: The Grudge” and “Ringu”, “Coco” continues the tradition of unsettling and violent spiritual entities that begin to haunt when issues from the past are uncovered. “Coco” nails these dark, haunting moments and while watching the film I was constantly waiting in anticipation for the times when the story gets truly horrifying. The direction during these tense scenes is very inventive and each scary moment is unique unto itself. Also, the camerawork is effective during the calm moments in that it does its job in luring you into a sense of peace before the next terrifying set piece is unleashed. Without giving anything away, I also would be remiss without mentioning the great acting job by Leolo Moulin playing the character of Coco.
My biggest complaint with this film is the length. Scary moments aside, the rest of the movie seems to have a bit too much filler. Scenes go on for minutes at a time when I feel the effect and intentions of these story beats had been achieved much earlier. The extension of these scenes also seems to affect the acting, especially with the main actress, in that they require the actor to hold onto a moment for an unnaturally long period of time. This makes for some awkward moments in the film, where it appears the actors are wondering what they should be doing while the camera is on them.
Overall, “Coco” is an enjoyable horror title. It could have used some more time in the editing room but if you enjoy tales that are ghostly in nature, while also maintaining that R-rated sense of tension, I would recommend this film for you.
3 out of 6 reels.