The word aberration is a noun – defined as “a departure from what is normal, usual, or expected, typically one that is unwelcome.” Well, “Aberration” the movie, which releases to DVD on Sept. 17, is an unwelcoming effort that doesn’t stray from the generic horror story formula. Not even mixing a little bit of a murder mystery can help this predictable and dull mess.
Christy Dawson (Gwendolyn Garver) is your typical high school student. She cleans the ice rink for the school’s hockey team and has a huge crush on one of its players. But there’s something that Christy hasn’t really told a lot of people; she can see a dead child. And every time that child appears, someone dies. The town is left in shock, as high school students keep turning up dead, and Christy must determine if the ghost is causing it or if there’s someone else doing the deed.
The tagline for “Aberration” reads: “Now you see him, now you’re dead.” But Christy is the only person who sees the child throughout the entire movie, and [SPOILER ALERT!] she doesn’t die. Talk about misleading.
Christy tries telling people about the ghost boy with the blackened eyes, but no one seems to believe her. And when she tries to bring it up again, she winds up saying things like, “Never mind, it doesn’t matter.” That quote also applies to the feeling of trying to write this review.
“Aberration” is a film that doesn’t deserve attention. It’s less of a horror/murder mystery and more of an exploration as to why bullying is bad, and children should be monitored/or checked after certain events. Add in a few overused “jump scares” and a predictable ending, and you have yourself just another run-of-the-mill genre movie.
Like a lot of other films seen by the Chico Movie Examiner this year, “Aberration” relies on stylized flashbacks a bit too much. Why must directors feel the need to show past events by flashing white on the screen, chopping the scene up into various bits, and adding some kind of filter to it? It’s not exactly creative, and the fact that more than one director has tried this method is irksome. But “Aberration” also tries the same effect for premonitions, since Christy practically becomes a medium overnight, but it still doesn’t work. And it also uses the effect in present moments. Advice: take Tylenol before watching this movie. Or you can just skip it altogether. The latter would be the better choice.
None of the actors give convincing performances, and many of the decisions made by the characters in the film are extremely imbecilic. One kid gets killed, and Christy feels the need to become Nancy Drew, while her friend/boyfriend/something becomes one of the Hardy boys. And, of course, the police catch them snooping around the place and take them in for questioning. Gee, you would think that, after so many other films in which someone gets killed and people try to play investigators, they would have known not to do this.