The year 2008 saw the release of a horror film titled 1920, which was followed its quasi-sequel (in the year 2012) titled 1920: THE EVIL RETURNS. This year, we see the release of 1920 LONDON, which happens to be the third installment of the franchise. While the first two films did manage to scare the daylights out of the audience, what remains to be seen if 1920 LONDON will manage to get the fear factor translated into Box-Office success. Let's analyze.
Even though 1920 LONDON's story (Vikram Bhatt) treads on the same path of fear as its earlier two films, this film does have comparatively more novelty value than the earlier two films. Complementing the story, is the film's screenplay (Sukhmani Sadana), both of which help in giving fear a new meaning and a dimension.
The film's debutant director Tinu Suresh Desai does a superlatively decent job with 1920 LONDON. He achieves his motive of shocking the cinegoers almost in every scene and scaring their wits away. His direction complements the film's screenplay and narrative and vice versa. He does a splendid job in culminating the story, which is an extremely vital aspect for a horror mystery film. Tinu also needs to be applauded for delivering what the film promises in abundance viz., eerie and scary moments in plenty. While the film does suffer from its 'lagging moments' in the first half and more towards the second half, the interval scene surely shocks the viewers and catches them unawares.
While the film's music (Sharib-Toshi) oscillates between being average and good, it's the film's background score (Amar Mohile) that binds the audiences. In a horror film, it's always the background score that either make or break the film. In the case of 1920 LONDON, the background score definitely comes across as one of the driving factors of the film.
The film's cinematography is very good. The DoP (Prakash Kutty) does a good job of capturing the serene beauty of London on the celluloid. A special mention to the film's vfx team, art department and the makeup (prosthetics) team for enhancing the look of the film and the characters. Had the film's editing (Kuldeep Mehan) been bit sharper, it definitely would have worked in the favour of the film.
On the whole, 1920 LONDON is an engrossing fare with the right amount of eerie and scary moments. It has its ample share of terrifying moments that one expects from a film about supernatural forces. It has the potential to appeal to all sections of audiences at the box-office.