The Horror Honeys: Visions: A Missed Opportunity for Lifetime

Visions: A Missed Opportunity for Lifetime

A Supernatural Honey New to Netflix Review by Suzanne

Visions (2016)

I’m back, my spooky darlings, and I couldn’t be happier to get away from the zombie hoard of January’s Honey Switch Month. I’ve missed my ghosties and demons SO much. So let’s get our haunt back on, shall we?

A few days ago, our Revenge Honey reviewed The Veil, one of a group of films released to Netflix this month from Blumhouse Productions. Also included in this group was Visions. a psychological thriller with a supernatural twist, so of course I had to watch it.

After a traumatic car accident, Eveleigh and David Maddox purchase a vineyard with the intent of reviving the wine label, as well as their lives. Once moved in, Eveleigh, who is in the early stages of pregnancy, begins to have horrifying visions. She believes the house is haunted, but her husband and her doctor both think she is suffering from PTSD as a result of the accident. As the visions become more violent, Eveleigh goes on a fact finding mission to get to the bottom of the images only she seems to see.

Isla Fisher, the poor man’s Amy Adams, is Eveleigh and Anson Mount is David. Both are competent in their roles, but Fisher spends the entire film with her mouth open, looking bewildered and kind of constipated, while Mount simply broods. The supporting cast consists, primarily, of actors known for their roles in comedies; Eva Longoria, Jim Parsons, and Gillian Jacobs, all of whom have small roles, Jacobs’ being the most pivotal. Joanna Cassidy, who is a terrific character actress, is under-utilized.

Close your mouth, girl.
Visions has the bones of a pretty decent movie. Along with the physical and emotional anguish imposed on the pregnant lead, the way the story plays with time is quite clever. The misdirection used to keep you guessing is subtle and works. The twist near the end, which is very reminiscent of a French horror film I love, does sort of sneak up on you, but when it does you think, “Damn! I should have seen that coming!” because it’s not particularly original. Predictably, Visions is full of jump scares in the form of shattering glass, loud noises, and quick cuts, none of which are effective.

While Visions will not likely find a wide audience, for fans of Lifetime movies or TV movies of the week, this is right up your alley.

Supernatural Honey Rating: 2 and 1/2 bottles of wine out of 5  

Visions is available on Netflix Streaming, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, Google Play, & DVD

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