Friday, December 16, 2016

Every Haunting Hour Ever #51: The Golem (Part 2)

Season: 3
Episode: 11
Original Airdate: December 8, 2012
Director: Neill Fearnley
Writer(s): Jack Monaco

Last time on The Haunting Hour! Our hero's relative has kicked the bucket and they now have to dispose of their ashes in the relative's home village. However, they're stopped by some villagers who want to destroy them for looking like the relative and presumably awakening a creature. 

Jeremy must use his great-grandmother's knowledge and ashes to rid the village of the Golem and save his sister from being murdered. 

One of the things I liked about this episode is that there's almost never a dull moment. Throughout the episode, it seems that there's always something happening whether it's the golem causing a ruckus or the villagers trying to kill the main character's sister. Because of this, it creates a tense and unsafe atmosphere. 

The other thing I liked about the episode is how well it builds up the golem. In addition to the build up in the previous episode, this episode also builds up the golem as you never fully see it until the end of the episode, thus creating a lot of mystery around its appearance and how powerful it truly is. Though the pay off is rather... lackluster. 

One of the downsides to this episode is the design of the golem. When they finally show the golem in full, the design of is rather cheap and minimalistic, which comes off as disappointing after all that buildup. For me though, there are a couple of things that save it from being too disappointing. For one thing, because the golem is supposedly made out of clay, it movements are slightly jerky, which made it seem like the creature was something you'd see in claymation. Not only that, but I think that the idea of tying the golem to the deceased relative is a rather clever idea. Until Jeremy says the chant and blows the ashes of his relative onto the golem, it runs around the village causing a ruckus, which could symbolize the restless grief he was experiencing when he lost his relative. 

Overall, The Golem (Part 2) may not be as good as the first part, but I honestly think it had some rather interesting and clever ideas and kept me entertained all the way through. 

Overall Grade: B

1 comment:

  1. Whenever something isn't revealed until the end, it's usually a great reveal or a great disappoint. While the design is disappointing, I like the idea of a claymation Golem and the ashes having symbolism.