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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Insidious :Chapter Three Movie Review 364

Insidious:Chapter Three is a 2015 horror movie directed by Leigh Whannell and starring Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott and Lin Shaye.

If you have watched the first two movies in this franchise, then the story won't be surprising to you and you will know something about this. A young girl called Quinn Brenner(Scott) is trying to contact her mother who died of cancer. She visits a woman called Elise Rainier(Shaye) to help her as she can speak to the dead. Now, if you know the previous movies, then Elise will be no stranger to you/ She has retired from her ghost hunting days and she doesn't want to go back there after the death of her husband, Jack who committed suicide. She tells Quinn that she can't help her and warns her not to try and contact the spirit of her mother alone. Of course, that is what Quinn does and then strange things happen to her her. She gets knocked down by a car after she stops to look at some weird figure waving at her. Her dad, Sean(Mulroney) is worried about her and he brings her home to recuperate.

Quinn has two broken legs so she cannot move around on her own. She has to use a wheelchair. She hears weird things and she has nightmarish visions of an old man wearing an oxygen mask. Her dad goes to see Elise and begs her for help. She comes to his aid and enters a place called The Further to find out what is going on but she gets confronted by the Bride in Black and she is afraid. She won't help them anymore.
They call in two guys called Specs(Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson) to help. These two are supposedly ghost hunters, but they are really just amateurs. They get scared when the demon becomes real and they want to run but Elise shows up and tells them that they can work with her to get this demon out of Quinn.

Elise goes to The Further and confronts the Bride in Black and tells her to back off. She searches for Quinn so that she can free her spirit from the demon.The demon has half of Quinn's soul and it is getting more and more. Elise battles with it but she needs help and she gets it from Quinn's mother who vanquishes the demon.Quinn is okay and everything is good. Elise decides to work with Specs and Tucker to get rid of demons on a permanent basis. Elise returns home to find that there is a demon with her. It is the red faced demon from the other movies. This is a prequel, so it all wraps up well.

Now, I was looking forward to this movie, so it was a huge disappointment when I saw that it was PG13. I knew that this was not a good sign. It was completely tame compared to the other two films. I was not impressed with it. I liked a few scenes with the demon, but it was too slow, too silly and it was just not scary.
I loved the first two films and this was not up to that standard at all. What a pity. The teenage girl was irritating and I just didn't care if she got taken by the demon. For that reason, I will give it a 5/10 and that is being kind.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Nothing But The Night Movie Review 363

Nothing But The Night is a 1973 horror movie directed by Peter Sasdy and starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Diana Dors and Gwyenth Strong.

This film was one that I had never heard of before so I was happy to watch it. I liked the cast and the premise seemed interesting. The movie revolves around trustees of the Van Traylen fund which helps people. The trustees are being killed off in strange 'accidents'. A bus with 30 children on it and more trustees crashes. There is one survivor- a young girl called Mary Valley(Strong). She is in hospital and Dr. Haynes(Keith Barron) wants to talk to her about what happened. He is a psychiatrist and he thinks that Mary might hold the key to discovering who is committing these crimes. Mary's mother is a nasty woman called Anna Harb(Diana Dors) and she wants her daughter home with her. She goes to the hospital to get her back, but Mary is scared of her. Anna goes to a reporter called Joan Foster(Georgia Brown) to help her but it doesn't work.

Dr. Haynes has a supervisor called Mark Ashley(Cushing) and he is helping the doctor with the case. He is also helping Colonel Bingham (Lee) , a police officer who is investigating all of the accidents. When Haynes is murdered in the hospital, there is suspicion that it might be Anna Harb who did it.Mary wants to go back to the orphanage where she lives on an island. Miss Foster listens to the tapes that Dr. Haynes made of his sessions with Mary while she was under hypnosis. She says strange things about a fire. Anna goes to the island to get her daughter back.The police are there to stop her. They are patrolling the orphanage, but they are not allowed inside the grounds by the staff.Miss Foster goes to the island for some answers too.

Two men discover one of the orphanage kids dead in the woods. The boy was stabbed and they think that it is like a ritual murder. Miss Foster thinks that Mary might be psychic.Colonel and Mark investigate the orphanage and discover that there are two prominent brain surgeons working there. Why would they be there? Everything gets complicated from here and it is discovered that Mary is not a young girl. She has had another personality transplanted into her brain by the surgeons. She is actually another woman and that is why Mary was having nightmares about a fire. The Colonel goes to a bonfire that the kids are having and he sees Anna roasting on the fire. Mary is the evil leader and the kids do what she says. She tells them to kill him. Mary killed her mother and everyone else too. The staff are all in on it too. Miss Foster and Mark arrive just in time to save the Colonel. Mary gets burned by the fire and she falls from a cliff. The other children follow her.

This was an interesting movie. I liked the cast and I liked the story, especially the ending. It was entertaining and it was fun. I like 1970's horror movies and this was one that had slipped through my net. It is worth a watch. I will give it a 6/10.
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