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THE WIG (2005) ** ½

Well we’ve seen movies about haunted houses, haunted mirrors, and haunted cars, but here’s the first (I think) haunted wig movie! It kinda follows the basic structure of those haunted eyeball transplant movies, except that instead of the patient being haunted by someone else’s visions, the freakish follicles possess the patient (in this case it’s a gal with terminal cancer) and turns her into the hair’s former owner. There’s even a Mangler-inspired scene where the wigmaker cuts himself on the sewing machine and his blood absorbs into the wig, which naturally turns it all kinds of EVIL!!! Whoa, talk about a HAIR-RAISING movie!

This is all as stupid as it sounds, but it’s all played very seriously. But that’s probably what endeared the flick to me (up to a point that is). I do have to say that all the stuff with the cancer chick is kinda depressing. However, there’s an interesting subplot about the killer wig actually making the chick BETTER. I don’t know what kind of hospice service this is, but I don’t want any part of it, no siree Bob!

I’ve been burned so many times by Asian horror movies (this one is from Korea) that I don’t even know why I even bother any more. This one, thanks to the nutty premise (I bet Stephen King is kicking himself that he didn’t come up with it) is better than most, but it’s still not all that great. At 102 minutes, it’s about 22 minutes longer than any Killer Wig movie really needed to be. And the ending is pretty lame. Still, it’s probably the best Killer Wig movie we’re likely ever to get so we have to appreciate these things when they come along, you know what I mean?

Anyhow, there is one part of The Wig that truly kicks butt. I don’t want to spoil it for you so I’ll try to keep mum about it. All I’ll say is that it features one of the gnarliest vehicular death scenes since Final Destination 2 and if you know of my love of Final Destination 2, you know that’s about the highest form of praise you’ll get outta me.

AKA: Scary Hair.

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