I just pinched myself because I enjoy feeling pain at times, and also because it’s FINALLY safe to go back to the movies! Well, not if you consider’talking 10-year-olds sitting next to you while watching a horror movie‘ safe…….but still somewhat safe nonetheless. And the first movie in well over a year that I did see in the theater was…..A Quiet Place Part II: Electric Boogaloo. What a snappy title that would have been.
My rapid review for A Quiet Place Part II would go something like this: This was definitely not a sophomore slump for John Krasinski. Loved the opening sequence that showed the preface to the madness that unfolded in the previous film. Tense and loud (in a good way) from beginning to end, but also quiet at times because that’s the movie’s sweet spot. That bear trap part though (yikes). Cillian Murphy can do no wrong. Not much bad to say about it honestly, other than that I think the series needs to end with this one. But…..a third one already got green-lit (shrug).
Let’s move on to The Conjuring 3: Electric Booglaoo! Oh, I mean – The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It. For this one, I did not venture to the theater – but to my couch via HBO Max. So let’s talk: Very strong opening sequence in this one too. Uh oh – 20 mins in and I was already a little bored. I think I’m kinda over possession movies. But hey! Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are still great. That big fat guy from the morgue though (yikes). Decent climax (that’s what she said), but I think I’m Conjuringed out. Definitely my least favorite in the series, but I didn’t hate it.
Time for the wildcard in this review roundup – a little Irish mood piece called Caveat, which is available to stream now on Shudder. So, let’s chew the fat on this one: Oh my, that toy bunny is pretty terrifying. One of my fears is having to be chained up to the point where I can’t reach the toilet in the bathroom. This movie is directed and written by Damian McCarthy and is his first feature! Extremely dark, unsettling, but interesting as well – it keeps things moving without slowing down too much. I had read that some thought the ending was abrupt and unsatisfying – but I disagree. Easily one of my biggest surprises of the year so far. Go check Caveat out on Shudder. PS – I liked it better than The Conjuring 3 (shrug again).
Pfffft. Screw that new Ghostbusters movie coming out next week. Ed and Lorraine Warren are the REAL ghostbusters and they’re all about busting up the fun that several nasty entities are having in the long awaited sequel to James Wans’ 2013’s stellar flick The Conjuring, appropriately titled The Conjuring 2. The question on everyone’s mind when a horror sequel comes out is always whether or not it’s as good, or maybe even better, than the original. And I’ve read some reviews calling this new incarnation ‘The best horror sequel ever!‘. Well, as the great Harvey Keitel once said…..Let’s not go sucking each other’s dicks just yet. Continue reading →
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 →