MOVIE REVIEW: INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 (Leigh Whannell, 2015)

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The best horror movies are those that know how to create dread just on pure atmosphere and not heavily-reliant on cheap jump scares.

When characters don’t turn on the lights when they inspect an abandoned room, or shout “Show yourself!” then run screaming when it happens, or peer over a broken window when one’s already wearing a neck brace, or peek under the bed for no reason, it’s not horror, it’s stupidity.

Suspense scenes shouldn’t be set up where the audience anticipates the scares and are programmed to scream. The people are much smarter than that.

Let this be the last and final chapter, please.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published June 8, 2015.)

MOVIE REVIEW: THE INVISIBLE MAN (Leigh Whannell, 2020)

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I wish you’d look at me that way. Your beautiful eyes lookin’ deep into mine. Telling me more than any words could say, but you don’t even know I’m alive…

But seriously, this was one smart, well-directed thriller. I devoured even some of the cheesy touches (Elisabeth Moss’ character was nicknamed Cee, wink wink). It reminded me a bit of J.Lo’s Enough, except that Cee fought back using her tortured brain instead of her knuckles.

Rating: ★★★★☆