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I think this third Annabelle movie was trying to keep the cycle of Conjuverse going, and somehow, it successfully did. The attention to detail through design, the cinematography, and the film score makes the movie look and feels very much retro, and the effort with it, is paid-off. It also emphasize the theme about facing-your-fears, the compassion of friendship, and the subtle message of obidience. However, this sort of emphasis makes the natural essence of turmoil within the movie's concept blurry, unheavy and inconsequential. The most things it failed to do is to keep the viewers' engagement with the characters. Some of these characters is lacking strong qualities of dimention in their traits.
Instead of focusing on giving the story a dept altogether with much darker themes and combining it with the feeling of helplessness and isolation that includes interesting character arcs; the movie suffers from focusing on too much cheap scares (as expected), and it's getting way too rusty at this point – for short, it is not scary.
It did not deliver the scare factor, and if it did, the execution is not strong enough. Imagine a war without any explosion, no damage dealt, and no one have gotten into a serious war shock after the climatic commotions – this is how I felt watching this movie. In this third Annabelle movie's case, the potential of its story is wasted because of continuous cheap scare-centric. But the question is, is Annabelle Comes Home a waste of time? No. Quite frankly, it is entertaining on the first watch. First watch only tho.
The thing about the Insidious Chapter 4 is that the depth of Lin Shaye's character is on point, but the sense of distinct thrill that the original gave were absent. That balance between dread build-up while developing the character's dynamics with it as the story progresses were not present. The jump scares is all what it could offer, and what might be an engaging tense field scene of the film were poorly executed. The Last Key is a decent enough entry for the installment that delivers quite effective character build-up with Lin Shaye's character (Elise) but if they wanted the franchise to shine once more, they've got to give something different with it than to give a flat humor and almost flat storyline that were only held up effortly with Lin's performance and character build-up.
A cold-hearted movie that aims not to please anyone who watches it. It is in fact, a down to the bone emotional and mentally horrific experience that will leave the viewers in dread. It is not a typical film you would see everyday but if you take "It Comes At Night" a shot, it will latch into you.
Though director Aronofsky is widely know for his deep metaphors in his approach to his films, this one delivered a more straight-forward approach when it comes to its theme. The film showcased a strong subtle horror about humanity and may potentially offend anyone's religious belief and theology, while the build-up is a jolting madness that ended with a thought provoking conclusion. Here, Jennifer Lawrence gives an Oscar worthy performance and she basically showcased how talented and charismatic she is as an artist. Yet, indeed, this is the type of film that casual viewers will either give a thumbs up or give it up. Mother! Is a 4 1/2 out of 5
For a reviewer that I am, I never once read the book of "Stephen King's It", but I did watched the 1990 miniseries. If I were to asked on which is which to recommend between the miniseries and the 2017 adaptation, I would say the latter. This new adaptation brandishes a humurous; legit; firmly developed; more focused eyes on its characters that was given on the cast that shows incredible devotion on their role with well-deserved applause to their pro-acting skills.
Bill Skarsgård shows a subtle, more ominous potrayal of Pennywise. You gotta give it to him, he is down-right terrifying! He definetely deserves his own crown for it. In general, the movie sums up all the characters - which were the main heart of the movie - pretty sufficient. Each one has diversity and distinct personality and attitudes that never hinders to bloom a chemistry that created them an appealing bond that is somehow, realistic and relatable enough for the audience to connect.
All in all, the movie delivered an more polished visual adaptation to Stephen King's iconic novel (heard the guy liked it as well). If Andrés Muschietti messed this up, this movie would crumble to pieces and its decoded message would not be emphasized to its audience. It (2017) deserves a 4 1/2 out 5
A slow-burn movie that will slowly poked the curiosity of its audience and knows how to keep it in touch while throwing a tricky mystery within the characters and between Rosemary's sanity and belief. A very disturbing tale of motherhood every women do not deserve to posses.
Annabelle: Creation definetely knows how to make anyone who watches it never even leave a glimpes away from the screen - well, except for the scary parts that some might have to look away though.
For a familiar concept of a horror film, Sandberg manages to delivers a plausible output containing a very frightening explosives of unepredictable use of horror genre elements. For a make-believe spin-off, this one has a touch of realistic pursuation that tells us that it is indeed right for us to be fearing the iconic doll that freaked everyone out since The Conjuring (2013).
DC finally have another hero to honor - to both casual movie-goers and fans - after Batman. Gal Gadot's performance in this film will surely be demanded for more. This is the first time that a film manages to put a gentleman and a woman in an equitable position where each one has a big role to take down such ominious antagonist.
Simplistic, fast phase, emotional roller coaster that delivers pure deep space terror; nerve wracking suspense; outstanding cinematography, and awe inspiring performance by Bullock and Cloony.
Certainly, reiterating that in space, as breath-taking its peaceful beauty could be, can harm anyone in the most cruel manner. Anything could happen in the infinite abyss and no one could ever lend a hand.
It's like watching 'Final Destination' in a space setting that possesses more engaging characters, surrealness and delivers a good story with a subtle message.
A typical space terror concept that knows how to honor its genre drills and thrills. Life beholds disposition of a tiresome concept that knows how to spin the wheel and puts the direction of its conclusion to a clever fashion of which emphasises how space horror should be.
GOTG vol. 2 is an elevation with some aspect in its predecessor in regards with the humor, the heroes' biography, and their fun-filled, action pack adventure. The sequel may have overboard the tone of comedic quality, but it dashes itself forgiven for giving such great visual effects, swell character developments and hype action sequences that pairs excellently with a catchy 70's music. The film gives off minimum plot but gains massive occurences with regards to the story.
Apparently, it did make it up to the standard that the predecessor sets up, but with its familiarity, a little predictive storyline and sub-plots makes a huge loop hole. The guardians never did get a huge team work as what they've done from the first one, making them rambunctious all over the movie but deliberately gives 'em their own spotlight. GOTG vol. 2 gives as much for what 'action-comedy' entertainment is. It is indeed familiar but never a cliché. That apparently, is why it gained its unique quirky traits as authentic as the first one is; making Guardians Of The Galaxy vol. 2 a memorable sequel.
Out of all those years that the horror genre has given the same disappointing movies with regards to this kind of story (about the beast and its activity), one has finally stood out and didn't affix itself as an another exhausting screw up.
The Devil's Candy has a lot to say in giving out suspense and dread that the movie alternately throws-off in your head back and forth until your senses are too battered to function; then you'll find yourself drowning on its "metallic" madness. Yup, the movie is that terrifying...
Byrne just created a masterpiece that got stock in an undicovered gem-state that if anyone would dare to see it, they will learn how this film is carved to be a proclaimed horror classic in an instant!
Everything in this film screams tragedy but tragedy on its finest. Tragedy with a solid ground and effectiveness that can pursuad anyone to connect, understand and appreciate its genuineness despite of its saddening nature. Confidently proclaiming that this is one of Fox's most authentic, excellent X-Men movie that will surely be remembered for a long time because of its effective narration about one of the most beloved mutant's tragic history that'll surely touch anyone's heart and then be satisfied to watch him (Logan) slash a limb.
Awesome in so many levels. Funny and fearless were the best describe of its gleeful humor that balances between the levitation of action sequences. Playful but there will be a point where everything alterates in a dramatic heart-felt manner. In some ways, it is tiresome to watch a blow-by-blow humor thrown off in every scene. But hey, it is quite nice to see a spoof movie that is worth the spent on & serves much quality from what it's spoofing on with.
Flanagan swerves up this movie prequel in such ways that it doesn't even needed to be tied-up to its predecessor. Origin Of Evil tells a more quality story that is surprisingly moving and can stand on it's own. An impressive work with the throwback 60s setting; a touch of realistic approach with the personification of the characters. This movie in the first place shouldn't even be recognized as a prequel at all. Instead, a new horror movie that carved itself out to the little rotten pieces of Quija  and made itself a superior version. This movie shouldn't be recognized as a prequel on the first place, because it's just that great!
Though its gimmick of using dark exaggerated humor, even though eerie and appealing, is not for the gag of the many. Some of its scenes --- if looked carefully --- have some obvious flaws, and the CGI seldomly tends to look shitty.
On the contrary, all of that didn't even do a huge rip for the film to deliver an overstate horror entertainment. One of its aspects is to playfully provoke audience's thoughts about the characters' traits and its development through a certain scene, hence, lets the audience connect to them; then gives `em a tasty, jaw-dropping brutality of a finale which probably is the most unforgettable point in the film. Drag Me To Hell possesses the title of an exaggerating, unnerving, cringeworthy, entertaining horror movie masterpiece that Sam Raimi has had ever carved since Evil Dead trilogy.
Simple plot. Less but engaging characters. A heavy, eerie ambience. A good revisited, grainy throwback that will take its to time to show its "claws" that precisely went down to slash-and-scratch into the right direction.
When it gets there, it does infact shoots up sheer terror to the extreme --- without even breaking the tension build ups. Tho there were some unnecessary scenes in the movie that if deleted, it wouldn't change a thing. It could potentially be a short slow-burn craft than elongating the movement of the character(s) doing stuffs. On the contrary, it is a movie that's worth the watch but not as much as worth the wait.