The background music changes, appears anew, or disappears into an abyss of eerie silence. Dialogues are exchanged, heartbeats become uneven, sounds escape from quivering lips, nightmares come true and it changes the route of the film. Read on as we list out some chilling sequences captured brilliantly on screen.
Manichithrathazhu: It’s the moment of truth for Nakulan. As he enters the room he sees Ganga tying a sari. His task is to tell her that she can’t go with Alli to buy ornaments for her wedding. After calmly informing her, his heartbeat starts to pace unevenly as he watches the angry expression on her face. In the next instant, he watches her astounding transformation for the first time—the gentle Ganga is now the fiery, angry Nagavalli, spouting chaste Tamil and confronting him, threatening him. Chilling, would be an understatement.
Yavanika: After finishing her dinner, Rohini retires to bed. But she is unable to sleep. She has this eerie feeling that something is not right and then suddenly tabla player Ayyappan is there on her bed. She pleads with him but he overpowers her. They don’t show anything graphic, but the build up to the crime is unsettling.
Irakal: Strangle Annyamma to death with that red chord, or maybe shoot her—Baby has been playing these scenes on his head for a while now. Next morning, as she serves herself some breakfast, Baby has his eyes transfixed on her— “You are a liar, a trained liar. I know everything.” The way he says it, with his eyes unmoving, to a clueless Annyamma is rather frightening, a sign of impending doom.
Vadakkunokkiyanthram:After days of unrest, Thalathil Dineshan has got back with his wife. It’s the dead of the night, then suddenly, Dineshan stealthily walks towards to the window with a torch, looking out of the window. That last scene cannot be more disquieting.
Sadayam: Sathyanathan is adding the finishing touches to a red and black portrait of a man who has his tongue out with a small saw blade. The BGM is rising into a maddening crescendo. Suddenly Jaya’s younger sister comes at his door step. “I don’t want to go with my sister,” she pleads. The pimp arrives there and snidely remarks, “thanks for giving my business such a boost. It helps that she speaks good English.” Sathyan suddenly sees images of Jaya and Devakiamma laughing aloud in a mad frenzy. From that point on he is a man possessed—yet when he knives them, he is chillingly composed, with a slow thin smile, he is trying to console them, even as their bodies are writhing in pain. He laughs aloud and talks gibberish. Mind numbing.
Namukku Parkkan Munthirithoppukal: Sophie is helping her step-father arrange a portrait on the wall. The tension in the air is palpable, as she is nervously aware of his leering eye. Paul Pailokkaran sizes her up and the revulsion we feel for the man is complete.
Kammatipaadam: The scene where Ganga is brutally killed.
22FK: The rape scenes. Enough said.
Palerimanikyam-Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha: After Manikyam is brutally raped and left for dead, Ahmed Haji instructs his two henchmen to dump her body. Enroute, they realise that she is still alive and they rape her again.
Palunku: Monichan’s gut-wrenching howl on seeing his daughters dead body.
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