[Review] Daguerrotype (2017): Creepy Cinematography and Good Intentions Cannot Save This Dull Feature – by Rafe Telsch

Coming from the director of Pulse (2001) and Creepy (2016), the drama horror thriller Daguerrotype (2017) attempts to scare up some chills and goosebumps. Originally titled “Le Secret de la Chambre Noire”, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s film is heavier on the drama than the horror and may be found as a bit of sluggish chore for many horror fans craving gore and ghoulish delights. Tahar Rahim as Jean joins photographer Stephane (Olivier Gourmet) in capturing images using a complicated technique called daguerreotype. When the photographer’s daughter (Constance Rousseau) falls ill and is perceived as dead, the story takes some creepy twists and turns providing the film with some highlights in its atmospheric cinematography. In the end, the film is too laborious to enjoy as a horror film… or a drama.

Daguerrotype (2017) (1.5 / 5)

Rafe Telsch
Rafe Telsch returns to writing about the entertainment world after a four year hiatus. Previously, Rafe wrote for CinemaBlend and his own site, WidescreenWarrior, as well as hosting and producing the Weekly Blend Audio Show, one of the first independent entertainment podcasts. A child of the '80s, Rafe has had a long time love-affair with horror and is thoroughly enjoying the current trend of homages and influences of '80s genre pictures on the current pool of filmmakers.