Movie Review: INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY

INSIDIOUS THE LAST KEY movie poster | ©2017 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Caitlin Gerard, Spencer Locke, Rob Stewart, Kirk Acevedo, Ava Kolker, Pierce Pope Writer: Leigh Whannell, based on characters created by Leigh Whannell Director: Adam Robitel Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: January 5, 2018 INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY is the fourth film in the INSIDIOUS series, following the effectively scary 2010 original, the retcon-happy 2013 sequel and the decent 2015 prequel. In the manner of STAR WARS chronology, INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY is set after the events of INSIDIOUS 3 but before the first INSIDIOUS. Not to worry: even for people who haven’t […]Read On »

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STRANGER THINGS: Stars Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin talk hit Netflix series – Exclusive Interview

STRANGER THINGS poster | ©2016 Netflix

Netflix’s cult hit STRANGER THINGS, now streaming its first season and renewed for a second, was created by brothers Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer to resemble Eighties movie hits like E.T., POLTERGEIST and THE GOONIES. Now fourteen-year-old Gaten Matarazzo plays Dustin Henderson and Caleb McLaughlin plays Lucas Sinclair, two young boys who make up part of a small group secretly searching for their missing friend, who may have disappeared into another dimension. Help includes the mysterious Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), who has telekinesis; problems are a laboratory conducting unethical experiments and a monster that seems to have come from somewhere […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE CONJURING 2

THE CONJURING 2 | © 2016 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Frances O’Connor, Madison Wolfe, Lauren Esposito, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Simon Delaney Writers: Carey W. Hayes & Chad Hayes & James Wan and David Leslie Johnson, story by Carey W. Hayes & Chad Hayes & James Wan Director: James Wan Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: June 10, 2016 THE CONJURING 2 is a properly scary movie that makes no apologies. If it seems like invoking Freddie Krueger at a couple of points seems like it will work, then that’s what it does. If it simultaneously brings forth real-life photos and recordings to back up […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2

INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2 movie poster | ©2013 Film District

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lyn Shaye, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey, Steve Coulter, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Andrew Astor Writer: Leigh Whannell, story by James Wan & Leigh Whannell Director: James Wan Distributor: FilmDistrict Release Date: September 13, 2013 Usually, when watching a sequel, it helps to have seen the original. However, in the case of INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2, people who haven’t seen 2010’s truly creepy INSIDIOUS may be at an advantage. The storytelling is a bit choppy and seems to borrow from a number of sources, including A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET: DREAM WARRIORS, but it still […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE CONJURING

THE CONJURING movie poster | ©2013 Warner Bros./New Line

Rating: R Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor Writers: Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes Director: James Wan Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: July 19, 2013 THE CONJURING is a bit of an oddity. It is undeniably scary, yet takes what feels like a lot of time out to do some very on-the-nose bits about faith and marriage. It’s a bit like if THE EXORCIST was remade by one of those “this is good for you” religious TV channels. Ed and Lorraine Warren (played here by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, respectively) were a real-life married couple […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SINISTER

SINISTER movie poster | ©2012 Summit Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Fred Dalton Thompson, James Ransone, Clare Foley, Michael Hall D’Addario, Nicholas King, Vincent D’Onofrio Writers: Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill Director: Scott Derrickson Distributor: Summit Release Date: October 12, 2012 Sometimes a horror movie’s success can be best judged by how jumpy a viewer is on the way back to the car after the screening. SINISTER has a few strong jump scares, but mostly it’s a build of tension and what-the-hell-is-going-on-here. It has a few holes in its mythology, including just how all this got started in the first place (maybe the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE APPARITION

THE APPARITION | (c) 2012 Warner Bros

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton Writer: Todd Lincoln Director: Todd Lincoln Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: Aug. 24, 2012 THE APPARITION owes a fair bit to the original PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, though it is not (much) a found footage film. Borrowing between horror movies isn’t necessarily a bad thing – last year’s INSIDIOUS had plenty of inspirations and still managed to be very scary – but it can be a problem when the project in question relies on a memorable piece of lore from another source as a primary plot twist. Other issues here are that writer/director […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Eloise Mumford navigates THE RIVER

Eloise Mumford in THE RIVER - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

In ABC’s THE RIVER, Tuesdays at 9 PM, a documentary crew sails along the Amazon River, seeking traces of missing naturalist Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) and finding a few traces – along with a whole lot of supernatural menace. The series is co-created by PARANORMAL ACTIVITY auteur Oren Peli and Michael R. Perry. While most of the characters have family or work ties to the missing Emmet, Eloise Mumford’s character Lena Landry is there seeking her own father, along with a sense of purpose. There was closure this past week to that part of her arc with the “Peaches” episode […]Read On »

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TV Review: A GIFTED MAN – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Patrick WIlson in A GIFTED MAN - Season 1 | ©2011 CBS/Tom Zuback

Stars: Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Ehle, Margo Martindale, Rachel Lefevre, Julie Benz, Pablo Schreiber Writer: Susannah Grant Director: Jonathan Demme Network: CBS, Fridays @ 8 PM Original Telecast: September 23, 2011 CBS has had very good luck with ghosts in its Friday 8 PM time slot – GHOST WHISPERER ran for five seasons – so it makes sense for them to put A GIFTED MAN there. However, unlike the older show’s Melinda Gordon, MAN’s protagonist, surgeon Michael Holt (Patrick Wilson), can only see one ghost. We see Michael at work being rude, pushy, oblivious to others, even to his terrific secretary […]Read On »

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Free Special screening of INSIDIOUS courtesy of FANGORIA plus live Q&A streaming on July 11

INSIDIOUS Blu-ray | ©2011 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

If you’re a fan of INSIDIOUS and want to see the hit James Wan directed thriller again before its hits DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, FANGORIA magazine is holding a special screening tomorrow, Monday, July 11 followed by a live streaming Q&A with Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell on Facebook. The event is being held at the Silent Movie Theater, 611 North Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles, CA. To get free tickets, send an email to FANGORIAscreening@gmail.com with “INSIDIOUS” in the subject. Fans are encouraged to send in questions to the director and screenwriter in advance via Facebook and Twitter […]Read On »

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