I’ve said before that I tend to prefer comedic horror films because it’s difficult for a movie to scare me and so it’s easier to just err on the side of being funny. I do love a good serious horror movie—The Shining is one of my favourite films of all time—unfortunately, Livid just isn’t good at all. It’s a clichéd, poorly conceived, poorly acted, silly, non-frightening, slow, boring disaster of a film.
In Livid, a girl training as a caregiver for seniors decides to break into the house of an elderly lady in a coma in order to find the woman’s hidden treasure. She brings along two guys. This is not The Goonies, I swear. The old lady turns out to be some sort of vampire-ish demon, with a daughter who’s body is broken, or something like that. Either way, the movie plays out like a haunted house movie, and it’s totally stale and never scary.
The worst offense of the film is that every time there is something remotely creepy, the potential is thrown out the window. Old lady in a coma in a giant old house? There’s potential! But no, the house becomes anything but scary. The corpse of a young girl standing on a giant, working music box? Totally creepy? The film never capitalizes on that creepiness at all. Worse still, at the end, the film actually tries to go for something moving and poignant. All I could do was roll my eyes at the utter stupidity.