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Movie Review: The Crazies (2010)

Been a while, guys.

But I’m back at it! Movies reviews coming fast, slow, and randomly. Who cares about patterns. Let’s start with The Crazies (2010) remake of the 70-something film when we were all scared of governments and bioligical weapons. Maybe we still are?

Most likely comparison for this movie: The Purge: Western-style plus The Walking Dead plus… maybe some Saw (because of gore)

The Great:

—How this movie starts off

Really gets your attention from the first (well, second) scene. Kinda wish there were more “happy people, normal life” parts, but that’s just because I know all the terrible stuff that comes next, and I just want these folks to be happy

The Good:

—Main character was really easy to root for

He’s got that nice, kick-everybody’s-butt attitude, he’s a sheriff (the modern, Call of Duty-master kind). For you ladies, he’s attractive (isn’t every actor nowadays? Sheesh). And, to top it all off, he’s got a love interest who’s pregnant, so he’s almost-not-quite a father. Did I mention he kicks everybody’s butt? Think of him like Rick, from the Walking Dead. Or that really awesome guy from the second and third Purge movies. That’s pretty much him.

—Bad Gu

Dang, the first half an hour has about 4 killers who are each scarier than most movies’ 1. Sadly, most of them don’t show up again throughout, and they each kinda serve their purpose by getting killed (often by their own weapon). But still. Kudos to the movie crew for making each one so terrifying, and putting thought into them. Instead of twenty guys with guys, I get to see twenty guys each with a different weapon. Until the movie becomes the Purge: Western-style, anyways. Then they just have guns.

—Beginning

And I mean the concept at the beginning. I won’t give too much away, because the movie tells you within about twenty minutes, but it’s very interesting. When you start the movie, you’ll be thinking, “This isn’t really like the Purge?” That’s the part I enjoyed most. Enjoy it.

—Emotional Conflict

Always a thumbs up for me. Emotional conflict + freaky movie + lots of scary stuff = pretty good Friday night.

The Bad:

—I feel like there should be some more backstory for Mr. Awesome Main Character’s love interest. They’re married and all, and she’s a doctor, but beyond that we don’t know much about her character. Him, on the other hand, we see tons of throughout. I wish she showed up more in the first twenty minutes than she does. That being said, we get plenty of her (and the Deputy) throughout.

—Once the movie became the Purge, I was pretty much just watching the Purge, and that kinda sucked because it was so unique for the first twenty minutes (maybe 30.) There were a couple big twists that got us to the Purge state-of-being, and those were fun. The ending was fun, too. And the whole thing was fun. But it could have been even more fun if it hadn’t been so predictable. After about thirty minutes, I could’ve stopped watching and known basically what happened. I didn’t, but I could’ve. Maybe.

My Final Rating:

Umm… well the film’s got a great idea at the start, good execution of a stolen idea in the middle, and one of those stupid, “We can’t let the heros live, but we can’t kill them either, so let’s just hint that they’re gonna die later on” endings. I don’t really like those. But still, the acting is good, and it has lots of blood without making blood the purpose. I’m not sure what to give this… I’m gonna sayyyyyyy…

8.4/10

I really wanted to make it a 9. It’s a high 8.4.

Movie Review: The Amityville Horror (2005)

Got my wisdom teeth taken out, couldn’t sleep, wanted to watch a horror movie.

You know how hard it is to find a decent horror movie?? Like, really really hard. I swear. All the good ones are about sex and the badness of it, pretty much. And then you have the typical ghost story that turns out really good. Then you have the franchises, like Conjuring and Insidious. And then you have the remakes. I went for remakes.

The Amityville Horror is a remake of a movie based on a book that’s hopefully not based on real life. Although basically every movie says they are. Heck, they probably say Star Wars is “based on real life events.”

Anyways, rant over. Listen up, ya’ll, because I’m typing fast today. (Oh yeah, and there’s a sequel coming out called Amityville: The Awakening or something. Looks pretty good, to be honest. But it’s got that chick from Shake It Up in it so…)

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WHAT I LIKED:

  • House

Normally, I could care less about the scenery. The exception, maybe is The Shining. However, this movie had the perfect house for the story line. I knew what was going to happen, but I know that with most movies because, well, almost everything’s predictable in fiction, unlike life. So, having great actors and a great setting certainly help with that.

Honestly, it was like the picturesque haunted house. It made me want to go back and read the book, which I just might do. If the novel is anything like the movie, it should be a fantastic, fascinating read.

  • Actors

I touched on this in the last point, but the actors for this movie were phenomenal! Whoever did the casting for this should do it for every single movie ever. It was the perfect cast for the perfect roles for the perfect story line… Okay, that’s overstating it. But really, they were great!

The best part about movies is the actors. So when they fail, the movie does, too. Casting is a very fragile business, which I obviously know a lot about having never been near a movie set other than Disneyworld. But still, it’s tough. And this movie does it great just like Harrison Ford.

Every character looked how I would imagine them, talked like I thought they should, and died how- I mean, what… Nobody dies… Honestly, I can’t remember. It was past midnight when the Gremlins came out and ate my remembering-ness. (Did you know you can put – between any two words and the computer thinks it’s right? Try it in the comments! I think we have spellcheck there…)

  • Ending

I really liked the conclusion to this, to be honest. It left things open for a sequel or many sequels (which Hollywood will never fail to provide!). Not only that, but it wrapped up the story. As far as I know, those poor people are still alive and dealing with the affects of staying in Amityville. But, at least they’re alive. It’s more than the folks in Jaws can say.
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WHAT I DISLIKED:

  • The Catholic Priest

He’s like… a major letdown. Maybe it was the director’s way of poking fun at exorcism movies? I don’t know. But he shows up, gets spooked, and then just leaves. It was bizarre! Poor old guy probably broke his hip, just trying to water the gardenias.

  • The Babysitter

So, her name is L… L… um Lisa I think. And she’s this really slutty babysitter, who’s like openly flirting with the son I guess? And he’s not even into puberty age. But he was refusing a babysitter, so the parents get him this girl who they think will keep him occupied, and I don’t mean that in a good way.

Who does that?? The poor kid. He was probably more scarred from that experience than with the demon/ghost things. They locked her in a closet, and she got like eaten or something crazy. Well, I guess she won’t be flirting with 11 year old boys anymore. Especially now that she’s in her 50’s.

MY RATING: 8/10

For all the joking and goofing and giggling and joshing I’ve done during this post, I really did enjoy the movie. It was a fun way to spend a night. Although it was nothing special, I’ve seen much worse movies, and at least I wasn’t stuck with another Krampus! Geez. I had somebody tell me they liked that movie recently, and I was…

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Krampusville.

NOOOOOOOOOO

 

New Movies Added

Check out my Movie Ratings page to see all the new movies I’ve added and the plethora of ratings I’ve given them. The new look has the title, the rating, and then a short sentence describing the movie. Also, about 3/5 of the movies have reviews, which you can see by clicking on them.

If you’re looking for a book to read, then the Book Reviews page  is where you wanna look. I’m sure you can find something scary!

Have a great October and get ready for Halloween!

The Art of Remakes

Wanna see me relate movie remakes, Coca-Cola, and making somebody smile, all while showing you how to be successful at life? Drop whatever you’re doing and read this article.

–That drawing isn’t by me or anyone I know, sadly. I think the kid who drew it must be very cute.–

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There’s a problem with movies

(and it’s not Adam Sandler).

There are no original ideas in Hollywood. At least, that’s what it seems at time. I’m sure you’ve heard that point of view voiced at least once this week. If not, go sit with some people and watch a recent movie. By the end, you’ll hear somebody say it.

“There are no more good movies” or “All these movies seem the same” or “Why can’t they make any new movies?”

Do you disagree? Well, think about the number of series lately, and the number of books split into two parts, and the number of Utopian/Dystopian fiction movies.

One series that captures all of these points is the Divergent Series.

  • Based on three books by Veronica Roth, the three books somehow morphed into four movies, with the third novel (Allegiant) being split into two movies.*
  • In the Dystopian genre, this series borrows many plot points and themes from the recent, burgeoning Dystopian genre. Don’t know what that is? Think Hunger Games.**
  • It’s a series, lastly and obviously. Unless it’s a Comedy movie, the most successful and lucrative movies as of late have been part of series, and often based on a book.

However, series are not the topic of discussion today. There is another category of movies that has been very profitable, and fits into neither the series, made-from-books, or comedy generalizations.

Remakes.

Remakes are unique. After all, if you’ve already seen a movie, how often will you pay to see that exact same movie again? It would reason that remakes wouldn’t be too successful, then.

For an example, let’s use the recent remake of Annie. If you’d already seen it when it first came out in 1982 and wanted to watch again, you could just go back and see the old version for much less money, just renting it no doubt.

Instead, the new version of Annie (2014) was a smashing success, grossing 133 $ dollars and, despite it’s negative reviews from critics, being one of the most-liked remakes (and movies) by the audiences.

 

There are some distinct similarities between remakes and other movies.

  • Both ask the “What if?” question

What if Little Orphan (foster kid!) Annie was a black girl in foster care who grows up in modern-day New York City?

What if Stephen King’s It happened two decades later?

What if Jeff Bridges was Rooster in True Grit instead of John Wayne?

What if The Jungle Book was a completely CGI’d movie, instead of a cartoon? (Have you seen that commercial? Tell me it’s not CGI. Try to tell me. I won’t believe you. Who knows the people aren’t being voiced by robots??)

  • Both can be received very well or very poorly

It’s pretty clear that Hollywood movies are generally either loved or hated. To different degrees, sure, but they’re normally one or the other. It’s the same with remakes, which are received with glowing praise or snickering, shaking-of-heads hatred.

  • Both attract different age groups

Remakes attract the first generation that saw the movie, because they’re at least interested in watching a newer version. Sometimes, this age group hates the movie. Other times, they feel it does great justice. Regardless, this is the target group, because you know who buys the movie tickets for their kids -if it’s a children’s movie- ? Parents.

You know who convinces young adults to go see a movie? Each other.

So you know who remakes target? Parents and young adults, which sometimes are the same thing. This can be done through a multitude of methods, but the truth remains the same.

Why does this matter?

Here’s the question I want to pose. With all that’s been said, we’ve been focusing on movies. Without a doubt, certain genres are dominating certain readerships at the moment (think Dystopian with the YA community and Romance with the adults). I would like to ask you something.

Are remakes possible with books?

Let’s say, for a moment, that you throw out all the copyright mumble jumble and the costs and everything. Just in its purest form, are remakes possible with books?

I would argue that no, they are not.

There are a few reasons you remake a movie.

To have different characters in it, to have different actors, to set it in a new time period, or (most often) to add some new touches with the most up-to-date technology and milk that money-making cow for all it’s worth. (This is the reason Stephen King’s Carrie has three different movies in only twenty years).

 

In the end, you can’t remake a book. And remakes should probably be left alone to the smart movie-making people. That doesn’t mean we can’t learn some things, though.

  1. If people like a book, they will devour everything you give them as long as you keep giving it.
  2. There’s something special about coming back to the same character with a new story. This is why sequels are wonderful, and the conclusions are the best (and why the last Harry Potter movie makes you cry every single time).
  3. Similar to the first point: If people like something and you give them too much, they’ll stop liking it. But if they like it and you give them just enough, they’ll love it forever.

At the end of the day, movies and books are meant to capture your emotions. That’s the purpose of every art. And if art doesn’t do its job, does it really feel like art?

Now, with our culture now being focused significantly on emotions, the world is a very emotional place, and feelings seem to be in control of everything. Have you ever seen the parts of The Giver where Jonas gets the memories? Or those Coca-Cola commercials with the random acts of kindness? (Watch here first and then watch here.)

NOPE. I know you skipped those links. Go watch those videos now. Drop what you’re doing.

The memories and the moments are full of feelings, of power, of emotion. They are reminders that the world isn’t falling apart completely, that there are everyday good people doing good things every day. And that reminder is what I call art.

You don’t have to be an author or a movie-maker or a song-writer to make art. You just have to be alive. Are you alive? If not, please call 9-1-1. If you are, then good. Make some art.

Remind somebody that someone loves them. That the world hasn’t fallen apart. That they haven’t fallen apart.

Make some art.

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*This trend stared with the seventh Harry Potter book and the third Twilight book, but has since been applied to almost every successful book-into-movie franchise.

**This trend also started recently, and now the Young Adult genre is almost synonymous with the Dystopian genre. However, a very famous book by Lois Lowry called The Giver is also a Dystopian novel.

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Movie Review: Carrie

Well, Stephen King is a genius. This movie made me want to read the book.

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Everything about it seemed so well thought-out, I have trouble believing the movie was much different. No Hollywood script-writer could plan such a complete, fulfilling plot.

WHAT I LIKED

  • Hurt for Carrie/Hatred for Others

Hate everyone and how they treat her, and feel terrible for her. And her mom hits her with things and locks her in a closet and shows no remorse at all. And everyone makes fun and laughs at her. Then they post a video of her after her first period online and it just was really terrible to watch.

At times, it seemed like there was no escape for Carrie. Her house was a terrible place, and her school was torture, so when she finds her gift it is the only thing that makes her happy when she uses it. It’s a sort of escape.

  • The Drama Between The Bullies

Even when they’re picking on Carrie, the bullies -other teenage girls fro the most part- have trouble deciding whether it was wrong and if they deserve their punishment. Despite this, they continue to tease and mock her.

It was an interesting, rarely-seen dynamic of the bullies that frequent horror movies and books. I haven’t read the book yet, but I imagine that was part of Stephen King’s design, since it seems like something he would do. Genius, that man.

  • Carrie’s Friendship With The Gym Teacher

The gym teacher, Ms. Desjardin, does her best to care for and protect Carrie. I think watching her struggle through things and try to help Carrie is one of the best parts about the movie.

Slowly, Carrie begins to act more confident and pleased with her life, but her mother still hurts her and eventually all the pressure wears her down and tears her apart.

  • Carrie’s Struggle Vs Herself

Even as she is trying to be nice and to be sweet, she begins to lose control of herself. Great acting -as she stays composed, even while lots of insane things happen around her- makes the scenes haunting and unforgettable. Carrie keeps an innocent, confident face the entire time that terrible things are happening, which she causes.

Some of her responses in the movie are bone-chilling. The calmness in her voice and attitude just kills me. Watching her go from depressed and insecure to confident and then to a bit insane (like murderous insanity) is a terrifying sequence.

 

WHAT I DISLIKED

  • Oblivious People

People don’t realize that things are breaking randomly around them. Finally, Carrie sees that it is a power she has and begins to use it to her advantage, at first doing nothing but playing around and having fun with it.

Eventually, it turns to something more sinister. I just don’t see how nobody realized what was happening when mirrors cracked and lights broke.

  • Blood

Between the mom giving childbirth in the opening scene and Carrie having her first period in the next, there was a lot of blood. Like… I don’t have a weak stomach but I couldn’t even finish my Apple Jacks.

  • Sudden Change

One moment, everything was nice and easy. The whole world seemed to be calm and right. And then craziness set in. everybody in the movie went completely, freaking crazy. I don’t even know. It just happened so suddenly. I was completely shocked. This isn’t really a bad thing, but I don’t know. I’m still in shock.

MY RATING: 9/10

The movie had so many great parts. Everything meshed perfectly, and the actor for Carrie was phenomenal. Everything was paced wonderfully, and the final scenes when Carrie goes nuts are amazing filiming.

Maybe there was a bit of the devil in her?

(GO. WATCH. THIS. MOVIE.)

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Turn the page. Trace the plot. Tempt the panic.

Movie Review: Krampus

On Friday night, I went to go see the new movie Krampus (pronounced Crum. Pus.) with some friends. I’d seen lots of commercials for it, and I wanted to hang out, so we just picked that, since it was out and horror movies around Christmas-time are either:

1. Very good or

2. Easy to make fun of.

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This movie generally falls into the second category, and there were more parts of the movie were I laughed than jumped.

Was it because I was with friends? I mean, possibly, but the movie itself wasn’t scary in the least. But since this is a (hopefully) fair movie review, I won’t poke fun at it too much. Except for “Krampus.” I’ll be making fun of him. Enjoy.

WHAT I LIKED:

  • The Ending

One redemptive part of the movie was- like many other movies- the way the movie ended. I don’t mean the last half-hour or so. (Because I didn’t like that at all.) More like the final… five minutes or so. I won’t give the ending away, but I will tell you that it was something entirely unexpected, at least for me. The way they ended it was both clever and somewhat unique, until the last few seconds, when they tried one last, desperate jump scare.

I didn’t jump.

  • The Story Line (Kind of)

There were parts that were great, and parts that could be improved upon. (Not that I could improve the actual movie. I’m definitely not a director. Of anything.)

Some scenes would have been good, and could have been made into very scary moments. For instance: Krampus is chasing a girl as she runs down the deserted street. Instead of making it dark and playing scary music while she is being chased in the middle of a snow storm, they show him clearly jumping from roof to roof like some kind of demented frog. No music. No darkness. Just watching a goat-man jump while listening to a girl scream with a terribly-high pitch.

There were a few other instances, but that’s the one I clearly remember. The first 3/5 of the movie were great, funny enough to be humorous and creepy enough to be a horror movie. Then it all kind of fell apart.

  • Max

The other redeeming quality about the film was the little boy in the family on whom the story centers. Max was a character that, by himself, made the movie tons better. I saw growth and change in the well-rounded character. I saw wonderful performing by the young actor.

When all the characters at times seemed insane or selfish or unlikable, he was always someone you wanted to succeed and wanted to live, up until his last moment when he finally confronts both his fears and the literal monster in front of him.

WHAT I DISLIKED:

  • Krampus & Co.

I don’t even know where to begin. Krampus, as I said, is like a goat. A big, ugly goat with an enormously long tongue he likes to show off. When the old woman recounts her first experience with Krampus, how he is showed is indeed creepy and that wink (which seems to be a staple in Krampus stories) might haunt me for a little while. But overall, he was a disappointment.

Whew. Next on my scathing list is his “helpers.” Like, they’re straight out of a circus. The gingerbread man on Shrek was creepier than these (except for those laughs. *shudders*). The dolls and elves (they were not elves) all looked the same. Just clowns from jack-in-the-boxes that had gone mental. In one scene it looks like Krampus has mini-Krampuses following him and darting through a field of demon-looking snowmen. So why don’t we see them, the only helpers that look even a bit frightening?

Oh yeah. And three gingerbread men try to use a nail gun. (Yeah, I found a link. That’s called research, babyyyyy. And that’s called my Dick Vitale voice.) It works… not very well. They go a little crazy. Reminds me of my brothers and sisters with Nerf guns. Actually, the nail-gun scene was more weird and hilarious than scary or full of anxiety.

  • Final Confrontation

All those crazy buffoons I mentioned up there (^) get a bunch of caffeine or something because it seems to me that they’re on a sugar high. They just start bouncing off the walls and shooting fools with nail guns and eating people or something.

(Speaking of eating, a gingerbread man gets very angry that half of his head got eaten. That was probably my favorite part of the whole movie. No, definitely my favorite.)

Everything was really hectic and hard to follow. They had all the family members pinned down, ready to kill them, and yet they never do. They just stand there like awkward elves/monsters/gingerbread fools. So, yeah. That was a strange scene.

(I could make many more points but I’m constraining myself here. You can send me a Christmas card for thanks. Not with Krampus on it.)

MY RATING: 0/10

I really could have made this lower, but my expectations for the movie weren’t high as it was. There was just a lot more laughing than I expected for a horror movie. Maybe The Forest next month will make up for it, but the last two horror films I was in theaters (this one and The Visit) were major letdowns.

Until next time, Merry Christmas all you folks and Happy New Years!

(If there’s a blizzard on Christmas, like in the movie, just… don’t go anywhere. Just stay home. Celebrate the next day. Christmas-day blizzards are bad apparently.)

Watch out behind you. There may be a rabid goat-man chasing you on rooftops. If there is, please don’t scream. Just shout. I like my ears being able to hear.

Audios!!

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Turn the page. Trace the plot. Tempt the panic.

Movie Review: The Ring

 

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So, I got bored on the night before Thanksgiving, and I watched The Ring. I was just looking for a scare, something to keep me up at night. The movie had generally good reviews, and I was torn between The Ring and The Grudge, which were made around the same time and are both remakes of Japanese movies. I chose The Ring, because it looked more unique and frightening. Like, I said, I wanted to be scared.

But what I found was completely terrifying, and one of the best horror movies I’ve ever seen.

Actually, I’m writing this review as I watch the movie to keep from being too scared. It’s how I deal with things, okay?

WHAT I LIKED:

  •  Opening Scene

It was great. The opening scene takes you on a roller coaster of emotions and fears, making you care for characters that you’ve barely met or seen and fear for their lives. A simple phone call brings so much anxiety and suspense, any doubts I had about the movie being bad were instantly gone. There were multiple scares, building up to moments where you thought something terrible was going to happen, and then nothing did.

I don’t know how long the opening scene was. But I loved every second of it.

It was utterly fantastic.

  •  The Stressed-Out/Relatable/Sympathetic Characters

Most of the characters in the movie are stressed out or going through some serious troubles in their life. The movie displays it in such a way that it’s very believable, and very lifelike, as they all face things that we do on a daily basis. Knowing that I have seen and faced similar things make them more sympathetic to me, and makes me feel for them more than in other horror movies I’ve seen.

  • The “Shock” Moments

There’s those moments in a movie when something completely normal turns and adds to the scariness of it. Lines like “Who told you that?” and “Hayden drew these last week” are thrown into perfectly random conversations and make them sinister and foreboding.

  • BONUS: The Video Tape

So there’s this tape in the movie and if you watch it you die within a week. But that’s not the point.

I literally could not look away! That tape was hypnotizing or something. Freaked. Me. Out.

And the lady! It’s like she is literally staring at you. Jimmity Crickets, that’s scary.

If you watch the movie, pay close attention during the tape part. And don’t try to look away. You might miss something important.

*I could probably think of three or four more areas that I liked to be honest*

WHAT I DISLIKED:

  •  The Main Character’s Two Sides

At times, it seems like she’s a very fragile, emotional person. Which is completely alright, and often makes for a great story. But then at other times, she is commanding and very determined. She seems to be a police officer or something like that, although it never says for certain. I’m too lazy to search it online right now. If you’re curious, be my guest. 

Anyways, this was just something small but it seemed to be a bigger deal to me than in most movies. That’s the problem with great movies: It’s hard to write anything bad about them in a review. But you got to have both good and bad, of course.

  •  It Was A Smidge Confusing

Sometimes in the movie, I don’t understand what’s going on. There are random people that are never given a name, and never really given a backstory. I don’t really get what all of the places are or where they are. In the end, nothing important is left out of confusing, but still at times I felt like there were things going on I didn’t fully grasp. Maybe watching it again would help.

Um, I can’t really think of anything else. Like I said, this was a great movie. Sometimes it’s so hard to find things wrong to write in reviews. Oh well.

MY RATING: 9.0/10

There was a lot to love about this movie, and almost nothing to dislike. The gore was kept to a minimum, the thrills and suspense were abounding, and I enjoyed the entire thing.

I would highly recommend this movie to anyone with two hours to spare. Although it’s not on Netflix, you can rent it for two or three dollars, or just buy the thing. You won’t regret it.

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Turn the page. Trace the plot. Tempt the panic.

Movie Review: Insidious 3

 

creepy thing ahhhh (That gives me shivers.)

A while back, I went to the movies with some friends and saw the latest chapter of the Insidious saga. Chapter 3 was, in my opinion, the best of the three, serving as a prequel to the original two. I had seen only Insidious 2 at the time of my watching, as I went back and watched the first one later that week.

(That makes me shiver —>)

Insidious 3 had hints -some subtle and some explicit- to the first two, foreshadowing events. It tied in exceptionally well with the originals, keeping the suspense and horror alive. Although I know absolutely nothing about directing and producing, that doesn’t stop me from having opinions, which I gladly share.

Because of my unfamiliarity with movies, these posts could be anyway from 4 total points to 8 total long. My book reviews I will try to structure with 3 good and 3 bad points, but for these I’m kind of just winging it, so bear with me. Also, I will try my best not to give away any spoilers for those who haven’t seen the movie yet.

WHAT I LIKED:

  • The Jump Scares

One thing that separates the good horror movies from the bad is the quality and quantity of their “jump scares.” As the old saying goes, “Quality over quantity.” Insidious 3 certainly had the quality in theirs, as well as the quantity. There were slow, dramatic build ups before surprising appearances from all sorts of devilish creatures, monsters, or whatever you choose to call them.

The best, least expected scare was at the very end of the movie. Literally every person in the theater shot up out of their seats. A group of teenagers in front of me started screaming, and still looked shaken as we all made our way out of the theater. I won’t give anything away -you’ll have to see for yourself- but never let your guard down.

  • The Subtle References/Foreshadowing

Throughout the course of the movie, there were multiple references to the original two films. One was that the main villain, labeled “the man who can’t breathe” always wears a breathing mask (duh), and this mask is first seen in the basement of Lin Shaye (the woman who fights off the breathing mask man), during the second film. I didn’t realize this until I saw the second film again, and noticed an innocent-seeming breathing mask, sitting quietly in the corner.

There were many others instances like this, connecting all three films like a spider’s web. I enjoyed finding them as I watched and re-watched the movie, and hopefully you can find some for yourself, too.

Now, before I reveal too much, onto the dislike category. (Which was quite hard to make. I loved this movie.)

WHAT I DISLIKED:

  • Uncertainty About Future Sequels

This is one thing that probably means more to me than others. When there is a series I follow, whether by reading or watching, I like to know exactly when it will stop. I want to have some evidence and some clear plans, so I’ll either begin to find a new series or obsessively wait for the next installment.

Insidious 3, for all of the great things it did, left me in the dark on this particular area. I don’t know if there’s going to be another chapter, or if this “book” is finished. They certainly left ample room for sequels (or would they be prequels in this case?), but that doesn’t mean anything is certain.

Internet research hasn’t helped either, since there’s been no complete, undeniable word on the matter. Until then, this is going in my dislike category, partially because there wasn’t much to not love about the movie.

  • Dependence On Jump Scares

This might seem like I’m contradicting myself, but I’m not. I loved the jump scares, especially the one at the end, but it seemed like the entire movie -except for a few parts- depended on these cheap methods to scare the audience. Of course, we all jumped and screamed at the appropriate times, because it was terrifying, but it wasn’t a terror that lasted.

For instance, I watched Silence of the Lambs not long ago, and that movie was utterly, psychologically horrifying. Why? Not because of jump scares, not because of fantastic acting- thought it had some-, and not because everything took place at night- it didn’t-. That movie disturbed me because of the story line, and the plot. It messed with my brain and my dreams for the next few days. It didn’t have me shivering as I walked down dark hallways and went into a room with the lights off. Instead, it affected me when I was sleeping and at the most random times, because it was an effect that didn’t go away in a few seconds.

Insidious 3 depended on jump scares, and they were effective in their use of them, but at the end of the day I’d rather have a movie more like Silence of the Lambs. Maybe I’ll write a review on that one someday.

MY RATING: 8.3/10

Why the .3? Because it was better than just a eight, but not quite a nine. And it’s the third chapter, so it’s .3. Don’t ask questions.

Anyways, this was a movie I thoroughly enjoy watching every time I turn it on. I would highly recommend this. In fact, I’m going to cut this one a bit short and go watch it right now.

*Terminator voice*

“Hasta Lavista!”

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Turn the page. Trace the plot. Tempt the panic.