When Daniel Grigori (Chevy Chase) is called to an ancient, forgotten house in the hills overlooking the city of Boston, he is shocked to find that it possesses a powerful, spiritual energy. Once the family dog dies in the house, Daniel finds himself unable to sleep and witnesses a violent argument between a girl and her boyfriend. The next morning, Daniel makes his way into the house and finds a cryptic note saying that he is to meet the head of the household, Don't Listen. Once inside, Daniel witnesses the brutal murder of a boy who attempted to protect his daughter.
This movie is not only weird but it is extremely disturbing. The imagery and sounds are very vivid, and the intense scenes of violence that occur are incredibly suspenseful. Some of the most memorable scenes involve Grigori watching his dead father's corpse rot in the sunlight, hearing the voice of the dying boy, and watching the blood of the victim soak into the carpet. The intense scenes of violence are the most memorable part of Don't Listen, as is the strange, eerie sense of familiarity that permeates the entire movie. Throughout, the viewer is repeatedly warned not to listen and that there will be blood.
This movie has several standout scenes, including Grigori watching his dead father's corpse rot in the sunlight, and Daniel being possessed by a devilish spirit. Although subtle, Grigori's possession and the other supernatural happenings are the driving force behind the plot. Although the supporting characters, especially Nancy spell-casting wiz kid, are interesting, the focus of the story is Daniel Grigori. In addition to his creepy stare and grunting voice, Grigori also possesses many mental and verbal hallucinations that further heighten the intensity of the movie.
One of the main themes of Don't Listen is the conflict between the living and the dead. As the movie progresses, the ghost of a recently departed boy named Gabriel begins inhabiting Daniel Grigori's body. Gabriel has long been obsessed with the devil and desperately want to get a taste of Satan's power. But Daniel's own family is equally obsessed with Satan and will do anything to stop their son from getting any of the evil that Daniel possesses. As the movie progresses, these contrasting themes develop and play themselves out, and result in one of the more disturbing films you'll ever see. I won't give away too much, but the end result is truly worth seeing.
Don't Listen is available for streaming on various online websites. The DVD copy is also available for purchase on a number of online retailers. For those who have yet to see this movie or fail to grasp the dark humor, don't pass it by. Give Don't Listen a try, if only to experience what some of the characters go through in the movie.
Also included in the Don't Listen line-up are a few other award winning films. One of them is The Secret; another is Charlie Brown Christmas. Other films on the list include The Princess and the Frog, Charlie Brown Christmas, Finding Nemo, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Men in Black 3, Up, The Informant! and The Fantastic Mr. Fox. For fans of fairy tales and the macabre, this collection will be a great selection, featuring not only some of the best horror movies ever made, but also some of the best comedies.