Archive for September, 2013

‘Insidious: Chapter 2’

Posted in Uncategorized on September 22, 2013 by Justin T.

Insidious: Chapter 2Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) — Directed by James Wan. Starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey, Lin Shae, Leigh Wannell, Angus Sampson, Steve Coulter, Andrew Astor, Tom Fitzpatrick, Tyler Griffin.

In 2011’s Insidious director James Wan took us out to “The Further”, a “dark realm filled with the tortured souls of the dead”. Hey, didn’t I work there once? While our first journey into the Further pushed the boundaries of the ridiculous as we encountered a ghost who resembled Darth Maul making toys, it was still entertaining and I found the opening third to be one of the scarier things I’d seen in a while. I hoped for an equally frightening experience in the sequel released last week, Insidious: Chapter 2. Unfortunately sequels rarely live up to the first film and this entry was no different. But in spite of the lack of scares that I had hoped for I still had a good time.

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Paranormal Activity 4

Posted in Uncategorized on September 13, 2013 by Justin T.

Paranormal Activity 4Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) — Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. Starring Kathryn Newton, Matt Shivley, Aiden Lovekamp, Brady Allen, Katie Featherston, Stephen Dunham, Alexondra Lee.

Last year Paranormal Activity 3 took me by surprise by scaring the bejesus out of me. I was so thrilled I almost went to the theater to see Paranormal Activity 4 but the buzz for it was negative and I was getting burned out on haunted house films at the time. I reluctantly decided to wait until this year’s marathon to get caught up on the series.

Since all the critics pretty much took a dump on it, I expected to hate Paranormal Activity 4. I darn near looked forward to hating it. After all, writing a review for a movie I can’t stand is usually easier. But… I didn’t hate it. In spite of my expectations and the negative reviews almost across the board… I enjoyed PA4. Which kind of sucks because now this review is going to be a pain in the ass to write.

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Doctor X

Posted in Uncategorized on September 7, 2013 by Justin T.

Doctor XDoctor X (1932) — Directed by Michael Curtiz. Starring Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Lee Tracy, Preston Foster, John Wray, Harry Beresford, Arthur Edmund Carewe, Leila Bennett, George Rosner, Robert Warwick.

After the screaming success of Universal’s groundbreaking films Dracula and Frankenstein in 1931, competing Hollywood studios rushed in to join the new wave of horror fun. Paramount brought us the great films Island of Lost Souls and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Warner Brothers, through the recently acquired First National Pictures company, tapped prolific director Michael Curtiz to direct the thriller Mystery of the Wax Museum and the horror-comedy Doctor X.

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‘You’re Next’

Posted in Uncategorized on September 3, 2013 by Justin T.

You're Next

You’re Next (2013) — Directed by Adam Wingard. Starring Sharni Vinson, A. J. Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Barbara Crampton, Nicholas Tucci, Rob Moran, Wendy Glenn, Lane Hughes, L.C. Holt, Simon Barrett.

Aubrey and Paul Davison are celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary at an enormous vacation home along with their four children, many of whom haven’t seen each other in years. Crispian Davison (AJ Bowen) tells his girlfriend Erin (Sharni Vinson) that he anticipates a great deal of tension among the siblings. Sure enough, Crispian’s brother Drake (Joe Swanberg) starts right in on picking on his brother. But before the familial tensions can start to fully boil over at the dinner table, the Davisons find themselves under violent attack by men in animal masks armed with machetes, axes, and a crossbow.

You’re Next is the latest film from indie horror filmmaker Adam Wingard. As well as a handful of other movies I have not seen, he directed the framing story in V/H/S and the letter ‘Q’ segment in ABCs of Death. You’re Next made some of the festival rounds in 2011, debuting at that year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and was then picked up by Lionsgate for a major theatrical release. Way to go, Adam!

But I knew none of this going in to see the movie and not much more about the content of the film other than the premise. The trailer had me expecting something with the dark, tense atmosphere of The Strangers but instead I found a funny, bloodier, and more thrilling take on a home invasion flick… sort of like a more violent Home Alone.

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