Sunday, April 3, 2011


This little light of mine.  I'm gonna let it shine.
            I had only heard the bare minimum about this. I knew it was produced by the makers of “Paranormal Activity” and written and directed by the man that gave us the first, and in my opinion the best, “Saw” movie.  It has a rating of PG-13 so it had that against it since it means that it will sacrifice really going the whole nine yards in order to let the kids come see. But despite the rating and the abundance of jump scares the movie REALLY works. 

            First off the music is brilliant. If I don’t mention how well it compliments this movie it would be a great disservice to the work that was so obviously put into it.  The characters are well done and not stupid.  They are an average family and that is what is nice about the writing.  They paint a picture of a believable group of people with this horrible shit happening to them.  Not a group of people you hate because they are ridiculous and to far-out to buy.

When ghosts are a problem it's best to call Geek Squad.
            A family moves to a new house and through some mysterious circumstances one of their kids falls into a coma.  The parents begin to notice more and more supernatural terrors befalling them as the kid remains in this coma.  I won’t give away a whole lot more than that since it is worth seeing.  It feels a lot like the horror movies of the late 80s and early 90s.

            Not really a body count and really more of a psychological thriller there are images that will stick with you upon leaving the theater.  There are horrid faces that loom in drapes that will make you think of how lucky you are to possess Venetian blinds, things like spirits with a grim ricitus that pop up in a flash, and of course the demonic Darth Maul-looking creature that seems to come out of a Guillermo Del Toro movie.

Darth Maul's gonna get you!
            There is a twist ending as most horror seems to go for.  But this one is good and creepy and not something eye-rollingly bad.  I have not seen a lot of non-R rated horror movies worth a crap.  Arguably you can say “Jaws”, “Tremors”, “The Ring”, “Poltergeist” and “The Sixth Sensewere the top 5 of this variety.  But I think with quality of this caliber.  It might be time to re-think that a bit and maybe considering adding this new fear causing flick to the list. 

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