Jonathan Cuartas has crafted a vampire flick that defies the genre. 𝘔𝘺 𝘏𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘊𝘢𝘯'𝘵 𝘉𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘜𝘯𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘛𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘐𝘵 𝘛𝘰 is filled with hit or miss scenes, with the majority of them being absolute hits. There isn't much telling in this film as most of the plot is simply shown to you through creative concepts. However, there are some moments that are somehow rather slow and relaxing, and are really just there to add fluff and get the runtime beyond an hour. But other than that, the cinematography is great, the writing is solid, and the acting is respectable. 𝘔𝘺 𝘏𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘊𝘢𝘯'𝘵 𝘉𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘜𝘯𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘛𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘐𝘵 𝘛𝘰 is a good watch.
𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘈𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘗𝘢𝘳𝘬 is a rediscovered George A. Romero film, and is a fifty minute... slow burner? But it works. The first few scenes are repetitive and predictable, but they do get the attempted message across. And then... wow; the movie has a gut wrenching and breathtaking second act. The lengthy seven minute fortune teller scene is a masterpiece and when that old lady starts breaking down because nobody bothers to help her save her dying husband, it really sticks with the viewer. And then the final clip in the park, when Lincoln Maazel's character (acted phenomenally) finally starts to get his way but is crushed when it's brutally short lived, that tears your heart out. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘈𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘗𝘢𝘳𝘬 is made of incredible sound design that adds to the depressing tone, and it's simply horror in the most effective way.
𝘐𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴: 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘵𝘦𝘳 3 is a disgrace and an excuse to use jumpscares, which were predictable and ineffective. The acting is okay but could've been better, and if the writing wasn't so bland then that might have helped. Lin Shaye is still pretty good and is really the only highlight of this movie other than the always fun to watch characters of Specs and Tucker. Even as a prequel should, 𝘐𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴: 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘵𝘦𝘳 3 doesn't even connect with the other movies in the franchise except for one of the last lines when they remembered "oh yeah this is a prequel let's actually do something" and Elise teamed with Specs and Tucker. Overall, 𝘐𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴: 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘵𝘦𝘳 3 is a huge disappointment and is one of the least scariest horror movies I've seen, which shouldn't even be possible as it comes from a terrifying franchise.
Though a little boring around the third act, 𝘒𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘙𝘪𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘥 tells an incredible story almost flawlessly. Will Smith definitely has one of his best performances here, along with Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Aunjanue Ellis, and really everyone else. The writing is outstanding, and could earn a nomination. What I really likes was that they didn't try to make the character of Richard Williams a likeable person, such as making him a Ted Lasso. They stuck with the true story, which is that Williams made some very questionable decisions in his parenting through is stubborn personality.
Crafted patiently, 𝘐𝘵 𝘍𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘴 is terrifyingly creepy, original, and a horror movie icon. For years and years this movie will remain as effective as it is now. Aside from the final act, it's a masterpiece. Maika Monroe gives one of the best horror movie performances by an actress, and there's a lot of competition in there. The stellar soundtrack from Disasterpeace (Richard Vreeland) haunts the viewer even after the film is finished. There aren't many movies with soundtracks like that. 𝘒𝘢𝘪𝘳𝘰, 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘫𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 2, and 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘞𝘪𝘵𝘤𝘩 are of those few. The way "it" walks in 𝘐𝘵 𝘍𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘴 is what makes it so creepy, and that tall man scene will give me nightmares. David Robert Mitchell creates a forever memorable horror film.