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Insidious – The Last Key

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“Parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet – in her own family home.”

Before I go into reviewing this movie, I have to inform my readers about ‘Dump Months’. This is when studios put out their worst movies and predicted bombs, figuring that critics and movie goers alike will not go to theaters to see them. These months are typically January, February and August. For the most part, terrible horror movies are released during January and February to draw in the teenage crowd just trying to get a scare after the holidays. You can tell what direction I’m going in here.

I’m a huge fan of the first two Insidious movies both directed by horror mastermind James Wan, who also directed films such as SawThe Conjuring and The Conjuring 2. Wan passing the torch on this franchise was very apparent with the change in tone in the 3rd and 4th installments. The Last Key is a far cry from its predecessors.

Let’s start with the scares. WHAT SCARES??? This movie did a great job of showing all the jump scares in the trailers. I knew when and where to expect them, and even if I didn’t see the trailers, the pause in sound and negative space was a dead giveaway. The antagonist was the corniest of all four movies. He is the weakest part of the story and I knew he would be when I saw he had keys for fingertips….keys for fingertips. Let that stupid idea sink in.

The dialogue and acting in the film was forced and disjointed. Characters weren’t meshing well and the conversations were like seeing an unavoidable train wreck. It was weird that Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell (the only 3 reoccurring actors in the series) had the most awkward interactions and a lot of misses in the humor department.

Strangely enough this film cost more to make than the first two installments combined, yet is the worst looking. The effects and make-up are mediocre at best and I’ll mention it again…keys for freakin’ fingertips.

Overall Grade: D-

James Wan does an amazing job of surprising you with terrifying scenery, dreadful tension, and genuinely creepy characters.  Everything this film lacks and desperately needs. If they decide to continue riding the cash cow of this series, they can count me out on spending my money on this trash.  Keys for fingertips…mother of God!


Insidious – The Last Key
Horror
January 2018
Director: Adam Robitel
Blumhouse Productions, Stage 6 Films
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Halloween: The Classic Slasher Film Gets a Proper Sequel

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“Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.”

1539919451162Michael Meyers is considered one of the elder slashers that helped catapult the sub-genre in the late 70’s and opened the door for such favorites as Jason Voorhees and Freddy Kreuger.

Much like its influences, the Halloween films have churned out eleven sequels, prequels, and I guess spin-offs, that tend to be cheap thrills on a boring night. These production companies try their best to produce cash grab after cash grab that tend to water down the legacies of the original films for the sake of forced jokes and cheap jump scares. Does this sequel, that for some reason names itself after the original movie, have anything to bring to the table?

Yes, I would say so. It feels like this movie attributes itself as a direct sequel to the first film, and totally ignores every other film in the franchise. This was a good move because this film does feel like a direct sequel – almost like it was an old movie from the 80’s recently unearthed with an aged washed-out color scheme and familiar score. It wasn’t as polished as the H20 series, but it wasn’t as grungy and delusional as the Rob Zombie films, either

The plot managed to remain simple which often is the Kryptonite for sequels and does a few callbacks to the first film without being heavy-handed about it.

Michael Meyers felt like an old man with the Director David Gordon Green giving us glimpses of his age, however he’s still very broad and menacing with little need to run after his victims. He tends to be great at sneaking and trapping his victims in inescapable corners.

“Feels like an old movie from the 80’s that was recently unearthed…”

The acting was decent, led by the talented Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode. The characters felt real and not too far-fetched for some B-movie style decision making.

Even the story was engaging, but be prepared to question how some people are oblivious when they should be on high alert that a psycho murderer is on the loose in their town. Either way, you might want to lock your doors.

Overall Grade: B

It definitely was better that the last few Halloween films and manages to provide a couple of scares and jumps.

The director made a good decision of going with a John Carpenter-style Halloween film that delivers on good old slasher film exploitation without feeling the pressures of some big-time studio exec telling him to tone it down.

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Halloween (2018)
Horror, Thriller
October 2018
Director: David Gordon Green
Blumhouse/Miramax
1 hour 46 minutes
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