Festa #2.6 – Halloween Special – Pizza (2012)

Due to my nocturnal office timings I’m having tiny breaks in what was supposed to be my daily posts upto Halloween, but that’s not going to stop me now!

Onto the next movie, this time I’ve chosen a Tamil film that really creeped me out, but found that I really enjoyed it towards the end as well!

Title : Pizza

Country of origin : India

Language : Tamil

Directed by : Karthik Subbaraj

Screenplay by : Karthik Subbaraj

Story by : Karthik Subbaraj and Prasath Ramar

Music : Santhosh Narayanan

Starring : Vijay Sethupathi, Remya Nambeesan, Aadukalam Naren, Jayakumar, Pooja Ramachandran, Bobby Simha

Released : 19 October 2012

Duration : 128 minutes

Genre : Mystery, Horror

Michael Karthikeyan is a pizza delivery boy who lives with his girlfriend, Anu. Anu is an aspiring horror novelist, and although Michael doesn’t believe in supernatural events, it literally terrifies him.

Soon Michael comes to know that the pizza restaurant owners daughter is possessed by a spirit called Nithya and he starts doubting the existence of the supernatural.

In between this, Anu becomes pregnant and the two get married in secret.

One day Michael goes to deliver a pizza to a home, and returns in a state of shock, covered in blood and screaming things about Anu in a state of shock. When asked what happened, Michael mentions that he had gone to deliver pizza to a woman called Smitha who lives in a bungalow. She asks him to wait downstairs, while she gets the money which is when the power supply is cut, and Michael hears a loud noise.

On checking out the noise, Michael finds Smitha murdered and scared and running back downstairs he sees that a slice from the pizza is missing indicating that the murderer is still inside.

Smitha’s husband comes outside the home and Michael who is now locked in, asks him for help, only to find that he too has somehow mysteriously been trapped in the home and is killed.

Michael also encounters a small girl called, Nithya, the same spirit said to have been haunting his boss’s daughter.

As he encounters each murder, slices of pizza continue to go missing or being consumed.

Finally he contacts Anu over a supposedly dead telephone line and the police arrive. The police then suspect him to be the murderer but as Michael escapes, the policeman are dragged in and killed.

Later it is revealed that at that home, Smitha, her husband and daughter, two policeman and a girl called Anu was murdered. When his colleagues hear his story , Michael is frantically searching for Anu. But they all realize they have not seen Anu, nor is there any evidence that she has been living with Michael.

The movie then continues onto find the truth about Michael and Anu and what really went on that fateful day that Michael went to deliver the pizza.

The plot is scary enough as it is, isn’t it?

And from reading the plot you might think this movie is a true horror fest, but the movie holds some pleasant surprises at that! This really made the film stand out during that time in 2012 upon it’s release as it was highly enjoyed by the audience.

Vijay Sethupathi was literally on a one-man-show here and it’s safe to say the film’s run had a huge part of it riding on his shoulders, which he executed effortlessly, with a good support from Remya as well for the same.

This movie really rides on the concept of the supernatural, and more so, on how the human mind can imagine itself into danger from it’s very thoughts. There was an interesting class that I once attended some years back where this was discussed by a teacher in one of my classes. Although there are a lot of supernatural events that creep us out, the true thing that scares us is our mind and how we perceive it. For instance imagine you’re sitting and reading or watching something really late into the night. You look outside your window and you see a stray dog looking in. Nothing big right? Just a dog, that’s it.

At the same point imagine if some stranger was outside your window looking in? That’s going to creep us out for sure right. Just goes to show that for a lot of us what scares us the most are humans itself, and the thoughts surrounding it. There’s also of course other factors such as, scenarios of situations we grew up in or have formed a strong memory or association in our brain and so on.

Although things don’t go into such a huge depth as far as this film is concerned, it’s still definitely enjoyable for those who enjoy horror. And if you put this film off thinking that it’s too scary to watch, no don’t, because the horror is not the main part of the film,but it’s more of the mystery.

This movie really set itself apart not just at the time of it’s release but when compared to it’s past and future counterparts that are similar, as far as the theme is concerned.

Have you watched this movie? Let me know what you felt about it in the comments! Or do you have similar movies to recommend? Go ahead and recommend them down below in the comments!

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