In My Humble Opinion: Insidious: Chapter 3 is another exciting installment in the Insidious franchise that opens the door to further possible sequels…or prequels depending on how you look at it. Although it’s titled Insidious: Chapter 3, the movie itself is actually a prequel, taking place some years before the events of the first two films. During the movie the audience is given bits and pieces to the backstory of our favorite paranormal psychic Elise Rayner portrayed by Lyn Shaye. Her character’s backstory accompanied by what transpires in this installment ties all three movies together very well. In this film Elise reluctantly agrees to use her psychic abilities to help a teenage girl reach out to her mother who passed away a year earlier. I don’t want to give too much away, so I will just say that Elise’s reluctance is well founded, because once she gives in and agrees to help Stephanie Scot’s character Quinn Brenner, all hell breaks loose.
I’ve typically found movies that restrict the audience from seeing the danger can prove to be the scariest. In Jaws, you don’t see the shark for like the first three quarters of the movie? Paranormal Activity you never really see anything physical. Surely I could go on and on but my point is movies like this feed the audience’s imagination in order to scare them. Well, Leigh Whannell, who wrote all three Insidious films and makes his directorial debut with this installment, has a sixth sense when it comes to the horror genre. Whannell has a way showing you what might frighten you, showing you the danger, and still scaring the shit out of you. Not one of his incarnations; Jigsaw, The Bride In Black, The Man Who Can’t Breathe, Red- Faced Demon, etc. have failed to instill terror and fear. Bottom line, Insidious: Chapter 3 is definitely worth checking out and Leigh Whannell will continue to emerge as a go to guy when it comes to horror films.
In My Humble Opinion: The horror movie genre has the most B and C rate movies of all time. I don’t mean this in a bad way. I just feel that it’s the one genre out there that a group of friends/filmmakers can get together and make a decent movie that can really gain a fan base or “cult” following. I came to this conclusion while searching for a movie to watch on Netflix one day. I know what you’re thinking, “Sean, Halloween is right around the corner, so of course there are lots of horror movies to choose from.” Normally I would say you have a point, but this happened a couple of months ago. I guess filmmakers with limited budgets and resources decide horror is the way to go as opposed to making a drama, action, or comedy. That’s not to say they aren’t out there, but the ratio of horror movies to say comedies has got to be one-sided. That being said, I figured I would throw out the titles of some of my favorite horror movies. I will be up front and say that I’m not most die-hard horror movie fan but do enjoy a good scare every now and then. The problem is, like I pointed out above, its hard to sift through all the horror movies that come out and find that one gem that offers up scare after scare…without gratuitous gore. I swear, maybe it’s just me, but gore doesn’t necessarily translate into scary. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind gore, I can look at gore all day it’s just that when it comes to being scary the movie is either scary or it’s not. Adding gallons of blood won’t change that. I equate it to a stand up comedian. He’s either funny or he’s not, adding a bunch of profanity won’t change that (and again, I’m not against profanity at all, just saying). Anyway, please feel free to comment and leave some of your favorites as well. Here are some of mine off the top of my head and in no particular order.
- Halloween…Original John Carpenter version, no offense to Rob but the remake sucked.
- Paranormal Activity…though I do think the studio is starting to milk it now, enough is enough.
- Blair Witch Project…first time I saw this it was scary, but when I watched it a couple of weeks ago…not so much.
- Insidious…Hope they can make a plausible sequel that lives up to the first one.
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre…Original! When I first saw Leatherface jump out and grab his first victim…I almost soiled myself.
- Dawn of the Dead…Remake (to be fair, I haven’t seen the original…I know I know, I plan on watching it soon)
- 28 Days Later…I remember it being pretty damn freaky.
- Stephen King’s Silver Bullet…I put this on here because I saw it when I was younger and it scared the shit outta me.
- Saw…The original, I watched a few of the sequels but honestly I couldn’t get invested…first one rules!
Like I said, these are just a few off the top of my head, there are so many classics I need to watch. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!