MUSE (2017) Reviews and overview

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‘Words can kill’
Muse – aka Musa – is a 2017 English-language Spanish supernatural horror feature film directed by Jaume Balagueró (Sleep Tight; Fragile; [REC] and two sequels; The Nameless) from a screenplay co-written with Fernando Navarro, adapted from the novel Lady No. 13 by Jose Carlos Somoza.

The movie stars Christopher Lloyd (I Am Not a Serial Killer; Piranha 3D and 3DD; The Addams Family), Ana Ularu (Werewolf: The Beast Among Us; Anacondas: Trail of Blood), Franka Potente (Anatomy; Creep), Joanne Whalley (Twixt), Elliot Cowan (The Frankenstein Chronicles; Spine Chillers), Charlotte Vega ( [REC] 3: Genesis), Leonor Watling, Manuela Vellés, Yennis Cheung and Frank Cannon.

Plot synopsis:
Samuel Salomon, a literature professor, has been off work for almost a year after the tragic death of his girlfriend. He has been suffering from a recurring nightmare in which a woman is brutally murdered by a strange ritual.

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Suddenly, the same woman who appears every night in his dreams is found dead in exactly the same circumstances. Samuel sneaks into the crime scene and there he meets Rachel who has also dreamed about the murder.

Together, they will do whatever they can to discover the identity of the mystery woman, entering a terrifying world controlled by the figures who have inspired artists throughout time: The Muses…

Reviews:
” …fails to generate the sense of dread and fear effectively enough to make its otherwise pretty intriguing, if occasionally confusing story more memorable, in spite of its director’s incontestable technical skills behind the camera and skillful techniques in maintaining creepiness.” 6.25 out of 10, CineMarvellous!

“The premise holds interest but the unfolding mystery never much draws you into it. Even then, Jaume Balaguero has chosen to shoot the film in an overwhelming preponderance of navy blue gloom such that everything fades into the visually murky.” Moria

” …they could have also played up the psychological aspect and make the viewer wonder if Adam is truly being visited by ancient Celtic spirit, or if it’s all in his head and he’s the one killing people in his apartment. Instead, Muse turned out to be a by-the-numbers supernatural thriller…” 50% Nightmare on Film Street

“The movie feels like a good premise that doesn’t end up reaching its full potential, maybe a consequence of having to cut down the original source to fit the film’s needs. Having said that, Muse is not a total disaster and still manages to be mildly entertaining without overextending its welcome.” Screen Anarchy

 

Filming locations:
Belgium, France, Ireland and Spain

Film Facts:
This film should not be confused with John Burr’s 2017 American movie of the same name

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