Movie Review: THE INVISIBLE MAN (2020)

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Rating: R Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, Michael Dorman, Oliver Jackson-Cohen Writer: Leigh Whannell, based on the novel by H.G. Wells Director: Leigh Whannell Distributor: Universal Release Date: February 28, 2020 THE INVISIBLE MAN, the latest incarnation of H.G. Wells’s influential novel, is a reasonably smart horror thriller. Director/writer Leigh Whannell has largely, albeit not completely, figured out how to avoid what would seem to be the most problematic aspect of the premise. Better, Whannell’s script sets up situations that are not prompted by anybody doing something boneheaded in the face of danger. THE INVISIBLE MAN […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY

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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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Movie Review: COOTIES

COOTIES movie poster | ©2015 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Pedrad, Jorge Garcia Writers: Leigh Whannell & Ian Brennan, story by Ian Brennan & Leigh Whannell & Josh C. Waller Directors: Jonathan Milott & Cary Murnion Distributor: Lionsgate Premiere Release Date: theatrical & VOD, September 18, 2015 How good is COOTIES? The first twenty-five minutes or so (minus an opening sequence that will validate every vegetarian in the audience and make everyone else question fast-food chicken forever) could easily be mistaken for a quality comedy pilot about elementary school teachers on HBO or Showtime. Then the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2

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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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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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Profile: INSIDIOUS actress Lin Shaye is the psychic next door in the hit new movie

Lin Shaye in INSIDIOUS | ©2011 FilmDistrict

Lin Shaye has played a lot of colorful characters over the years. Her roles have ranged from the wildly comedic to deadly serious. Her latest role in the new hit horror thriller INSIDIOUS, is a more natural and down to earth performance. In the film Shaye plays a sensitive or psychic, if you will, that has been called in to help a family that is being haunted and to help save a child’s life. ASSIGNMENT X got the chance to speak with Shaye at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles last week, the perfect setting for this kind of film’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INSIDIOUS

INSIDIOUS movie poster | ©2011 FilmDistrict

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Andrew Astor, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson Writers: Leigh Whannell Director: James Wan Distributor: FilmDistrict Release Date: April 1, 2011 Let’s just start right off the bat by saying that I love horror movies of all kinds and shapes. I watch them like people eat candy, and I don’t get scared. I might have a movie here or there that makes me jump or produced a surprise reaction, but I generally don’t get freaked by a movie. INSIDIOUS on the other hand, made me sweat. I literally sweat […]Read On »

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Profile: INSIDIOUS creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell want to scar a generation

Leigh Wannell in INSIDIOUS | ©2011 FilmDistrict

James Wan and Leigh Whannell have given audiences plenty of nightmares over the last several years. The directing and writing team (respectively) are the men behind such films as the SAW series, and DEAD SILENCE. Their latest voyage into the world of horror, INSIDIOUS, opens this Friday, and despite its PG-13 rating is scaring critics across the country and being hailed as one of the scariest movies in years. The film involves a family that is being haunted, and one of the children’s life is in peril. Wan and Whannell spoke about using practical on set effects, effective horror not […]Read On »

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