Avunu Review

Rating: 2.50/5

Critic Rating: (2.50/5)

It is

The slasher* influence on a local soul.

Slasher film : A slasher film is a subgenre of horror film, and at times thriller, typically involving a mysterious psychopathic killer stalking and killing a sequence of victims usually in a graphically violent manner, often with a cutting tool such as a knife or axe.


The film borrowed its central theme from Paranormal Activity and did the Indianising part so as to fit in religion.

Mohini and Harsha are a newly wed couple who move into a township away from town where only 3 of the hundred plus houses are occupied. The only neighbor to talk to is the family of Harsha’s work colleague.

Staying true to established set of local horror aesthetics, the film starts off with its overdone sound design going intense for no reason, but, the enjoyable parts were the neatly handled long takes (again, Poorna playing Mohini often reminds us of the difficulties of actors).

Soon it is established that a ghost is doing the rounds in the house, spending most of its time ogling at Mohini. The honeymoon to Paris gets postphoned because of Harsha’s work reasons and Mohini is all alone in the new house, the spirit eventually reveals its presence and tries raping her.

Why do the couple still go back to the house and is the neighbor’s chubby little son really talking to ghosts?

What excites?

Though the acting was a major let down (like most Ravi Babu films), the film still manages to bring you in with a few lighter moments while slowly slipping you into the main plot.

The minimalistic use of effects to create the spirit’s presence in the house was fun until the sequences went on for too long.


Our horror/thriller films often come up similar settings and used up scenes. Think of it, any character of our horror films just get through the regular scenes (happy family scenes, awkward party with freinds, censored love making etc) with much discomfort and do the screaming shots with a little conviction, screaming must be easy.

Harshavardhan Rane showed lesser discomfort.


Another day, another American rip off. Second one today (Vennela one and half ripped off Road Trip and a bunch of other teen films).

Decent thriller, worth one watch.

Reviewed by Rohit
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