Anticipation Alert: Upgrade (2018)

Ok, I can admit when I’m wrong.  I originally scoffed and slightly rolled my eyes when I first saw the trailer for the new movie Upgrade.  At the time, I may have been under the influence of something – and also, it hadn’t been confirmed that the movie would indeed be Rated R (which, for a revenge premise is a must in my book).  And yes, that revenge premise has been done to death (no puns needed) – so I was aggressively skeptical.  But……then this Red Band Teaser was released the other week:

Wowsers – that head shot!  BTW – the lead actor in Upgrade, Logan Marshall Green, is in one of my favorite movies in recent years called The Invitation.  Just wanted to add that bit of info.  Upgrade was also written and directed by Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious) and is produced by Blumhouse Productions (of course it is….cha-ching!)  But anyway, I am fully onboard now with this one and will most likely do a double-feature with another movie I have been waiting on this weekend called Hereditary.  Cheers to both!  And cheers to gratuitous head shots!

Review: Insidious – The Last Key (2018)

I have a rule of thumb for any movie in a horror franchise that has the word ‘LAST’ in it’s title.  That rule would be that it should be the last entry into that particular franchise.  Done. Finished. Finito.  Such is very much the case with Insidious: The Last Key, a desperate attempt to keep the Insidious series going with yet another prequel and even worse…..without any true scares.  Let’s tiptoe into the review and get started.

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Anticipation Alert: ‘Insidious Chapter 2’

One of the biggest horror surprises for me in the last few years was the enjoyment that I got out of James Wan’s Insidious in 2010 and also the amount of money it pulled in (almost 100 million) considering the 1.5 million it cost to make.  It gave me hope for other small budget horror films that didn’t have a gimmick, to make it big and continue to bring real original horror to the mainstream.  So it goes without saying that I was more than happy to see the news this morning that a sequel is on it’s way, with James Wan returning to direct and Leigh Whannell back in the writer’s saddle again!

*your make-up makes you look like a whore*

The sequel is officially being called Insidious: Chapter 2, so we can pretty much assume we’re going to get more of the same, especially with the entire cast returning as well (Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, Lin Shaye).  But where exactly could they go with the story?   Continue reading