MOVIE REVIEW: THE DEVIL INSIDE (William Brent Bell, 2012)

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Like a great date that never called again, this movie would leave you hanging in the worst possible way.

I guess I was as annoyed as the other people that hissed and grumbled on their way out of the theater. Who wouldn’t be? We spent a good hour being led to believe that we were watching a “found footage” film. We prepared for the scary scenes and although there were bits and pieces that might give you the creeps, you’d still feel cheated from all the waiting.

It was a confused movie that wanted to be part-Exorcist, part-Paranormal Activity but ended up not amounting to anything. We just waited and waited and then it ended… in darkness. A complete waste of time.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

(Originally published March 8, 2012.)

MOVIE REVIEW: V/H/S (Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, Radio Silence, 2012)

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I’m not a huge fan of the “found footage” genre but the technique worked pretty well in this anthology. People expecting an out-and-out horror movie would be disappointed, but it still provided chills when one least expected them.

The episode that really stood out for me was “The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger”, a creepy Paranormal Activity meets The X-Files short seen through a Skype conversation. The rest of the episodes involved possessed demons, lesbian lovers, lake killers, and possibly a manananggal (succubus, my ass).

Scary good fun!!

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally published August 24, 2012.)

 

MOVIE REVIEW: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES (Christopher Landon, 2014)

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My notes on Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones:

1. I really liked the change of setting. After four movies, it was refreshing to see cameras outside the confines of a home. Seriously, how many times could they milk the same haunted house story anyway? (Oh, there’s a Part 5.)

2. Paranormal Activity (and to a lesser degree, all of its sequels) worked because our minds created the horror. We simply kept waiting for things to go bump in the night. This movie didn’t rely on that gimmick. There was action that actually went on in this one.

3. Was it scary? Not really. I found it really entertaining, though.

4. It might have been a stretch, but I liked how they tried to tie it up with all the previous films.

5. I therefore conclude that all Paranormal Activity endings would elicit a “That was it?” reaction.

6. Didn’t guarantee a strong recommendation, but it was fine for what it was worth. Watch at your own risk.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published February 3, 2014.)

MOVIE REVIEW: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY (Oren Peli, 2007)

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Just like any “found footage” movie, the biggest concern is why these people still find time to grab the camera and film everything instead of running for their dear lives. And just like any haunted house movie, you begin to question why they don’t leave when footsteps start appearing on the powdered floors.

If you get past those and willingly suspend your disbelief, you’ll actually enjoy this chilling flick that shows little but provides maximum scares. Similar to The Blair Witch Project, the horror resides in your brain and you scare yourself silly just by looking at a scene involving a dark room and hallway. When the actual “thing” manifests itself, prepare to scream your lungs out.

Rating: ★★★★☆