So I should explain a little of my process before getting into this one. I started watching these movies in alphabetical order a couple years before I actually started the blog. And, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but every once in a while I take a wee break from writing here, so my list of movies was several years out of date from what was actually on Netflix at the time of writing. Also during this time Netflix lost like 80% of their horror content, probably to competing streaming services (I’m looking at you, SHUDDER) (because you have more and better content than Netflix, thank you Shudder). It’s ridiculous. When I was viewing films, I had a list of 28 horror movies on Netflix beginning with C. Now there are SIX.
So I considered going back to my ye olde lists for the D section as well, but it’s been forever since I’ve seen any of those movies and also they are no longer accessible for anyone who might actually want to see them (for the one in fifteen movies I actually recommend). So, for the first time ever, I am going straight from movie to review, watching only what Netflix has available right now. Which means I will probably plow through these letters a little quicker. Or take another extended break, who knows!
Anyway, this is why I am watching Dabbe 5: Curse of the Djinn, because after watching the entire Chucky franchise out of sequence, there’s nothing like jumping into the middle of a Turkish horror series absolutely cold.
And frankly I have very little to say about it because it was fine but not great. As the 5th in the series, I’m assuming there’s a lot I didn’t pick up on because I have absolutely zero idea what this series is supposed to be about and I refuse to look it up, so as far as I could tell it was a pretty generic haunting film. I’ve seen about a hundred of these, and, really, the context barely matters because every combination of family/house/entity/cameras is pretty much the same with slightly different flavors.
I will say, this one had some fun nightmare sequences and special effects, it was definitely interesting to watch. But also, it was TWO HOURS AND TWELVE MINUTES LONG. Hey, Dabbe 5? NO. Now if you’re Midsommer or the VVitch or whatever, sure, you can have two hours of my time. You put a lot of thought into a deeply affecting movie and it’s worth spending a lot of time with. Fucking Dabbe 5??? Who do you think you are??? You could literally start this movie an hour in and still get everything you needed out of it. I almost fell asleep several times and I can’t even remember how the thing ended even though I watched it *less than 24 hours ago*.
But I’m going to be a little generous because for all I know it could be great if you know the whole story, because it was well-done. Just….jesus christ. I can count on my fingers the number of horror movies that deserve to be longer than 90 minutes, Dabbe 5 does not make the cut.
So I give it……THREE HORRORS.
Also now I do kinda have to try to remember how that thing ended because oops, HERE COMES DABBE 6