Review: Cast Lulu Wilson in a prequel to critically lambasted horror film and you might get a decent horror. That statement might sound silly, but if you look closely, there’s something virtuous to deduce that a ‘bad horror’ isn’t the end. Annabelle: Creation, an origin story to John Leonetti’s Conjuring spin-off, Annabelle (2014), along with Ouija: Origin of Evil—also casting Wilson, has proven that horror franchise might still have a second chance if done properly.
Creation goes further before the titular demonic doll came into The Warrens’ possession, even further before the haunting of The Forms. The title itself has pre-explained what this horror is about: the genesis on how a ‘seemingly lovable’ child-friendly (which I myself doubt) doll turns into an evil carrier. Question is: would knowing how things will turn out make this film scary-less or, say, obsolete?
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Review: Intriguing how Alien: Covenant opens with a birth, a genesis, in a majestic all-white background contrasts with the franchise’ primal return to its origin. That birth accompanied by Wagner’s Entry of The Gods Into Valhalla is designed to bridge over two worlds – the stark, horror space of Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) and the odd, philosophy-heavy world of Prometheus (2012) – and continue the cycle. Of gods and men, of gods and monsters, this bleak covenant is more a continuation than a return.
For the flight of Covenant, Mr. Scott amalgamates small dose of Alien’s infernal, frigid space horror with larger dose of Prometheus’ dialogue-laden, existentialism wisdom unevenly, but perfectly, to ignite nostalgia, while at the same time, connect dots. Continue reading Alien: Covenant (2017) – Review
Review: Ouija’s reputation might drown in the pit-bottom of the 2014 worst, but even so, grossing out 103 million USD from a 3-million production budget is an achievement. Consequently, skeptical thoughts are floating around when the news that this Hasbro-based horror gets a sequel (technically prequel) hits the ground. The only thing that keeps hope high for this installment is the helmer, Mike Flanagan.
Breaking the ground with Absentia and refusing to get found-footage treatment to his acclaimed Oculus, Flanagan is already on track in 2016 with other two films at gunshots: a poignant home-invasion Hush and an underwhelmed fantasy horror Before I Wake. As the third entry to his filmography this year, Ouija: Origin of Evil bears a great burden to turn down skeptical thought about the predecessor and to prove that, if done correctly, this boardgame can be frightening as hell. Continue reading Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) – Review
“Not today!” Elise shouted.
In 2010, Leigh Whannell and James Wan teamed up to rejuvenate horror genre in Insidious (2010)—a sleeper hit that makes horror films something people always wait for. Since then, Insidious grew as a franchise with Chapter 2 (2013) continuing the original and, finally, Chapter 3 serving as a prequel to its predecessors. Continue reading Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) – Review