Director: James Wan
Main Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Lin Shaye, Jocelin Donahue, Lindsay Seim
Storyline: The Lambert family are still trying to escape the haunting spirits that haunt them.
Review (Spoils): The film kind of continues right where the last one left off.We got the family racing to the home of the grandmother (Barbara Hershey) and the wife does not trust the husband (Patrick Wilson ) because of the ending of the first film. We have a number of flashbacks of when the father was a young boy and was astral traveling with his out body experience.The storyline sits under 3 different paths, the fathers past, the journey to save the father on the ethereal plane and the story of the ghost that haunts them (The woman in black).
This second entry to the series is the same thing basically. The only really interesting part to me really was the background story on the woman in black the rest was like a repeat of what we all ready have seen or already knew. A few things drove me nuts like why the hell are they at the grandmother’s house when they already know about the fathers past and the ghosts? Secondly we saw the ending of the first film, why is Renai (Rose Byrne) even questioning if it is her husband as we already saw the photograph and the answer is clear.
Rating: The whole walking on the other side bores the hell out of me, with the whole out of body experience. It has been done and please move on. The only thing that kept me interested was the background story of the woman in black and of course Rose Byrne, Lindsay Seim and Jocelin Donahue, the rest of the film was a repeat.
Black Swan (2010)
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Main Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder
Storyline: A ballet dancer who won the part in Swan Lake as the White Swan slowly loses her mind.
Review (Spoils): Nina (Natalie Portman) is a young and beautiful ballet dancer and she is also a perfectionist. She is granted the part to play Princess Odette the White Swan from the classic Swan Lake. She has lived a life under the shadow of her ex-ballet dancer mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) to be the perfect ballet dancer which gives it a semi Carrie type feel. In through the try outs Nina meets another new dancer named Lily (Mila Kunis) who represents the Black Swan. As their relationship expands and twists with sexual in your window hints Nina slowly starts to lean towards the Black Swan personality.
This film might not be viewed as a true horror film but the set and music set the tone for it to be a haunting experience. The film builds a great storyline and it twists it and unleashes it full tilt in the last 40mins or so. Both Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis steal the show for building up their characters and showing true emotion when doing it. Plus the sexual undertones help the viewer also.
Rating: Yes the film borderlines on art and thriller but to me this leans on horror. The finale of the film is one to remember and this film sits on a class of its own just because it is so different. Bring on blood, freakiness and dark hallucinations and women in tights what is there not to love?
The Entity (1982)
Director: Sidney J. Furie
Main Stars: Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver
Storyline: Supposedly based on a true story a woman becomes tormented and sexually attacked by a ghost.
Review (Spoils): The beautiful Carla Moran (Barbara Hershey )has a tough life she is a single mom with two children and trying to make ends meet but to top it off she is being attacked in her own house by a ghost or demon that is a sexual predator. She tries to explain this to the police that she cannot see nor know her attacker even though she has the marks. As it continues her friends and family start to disbelieve her and she starts going to a psychiatrist (Ron Silver) for help. After still constant attacks (which is very graphic) and useless advice from the doctor she goes to a tam of ghost chasers to help her capture the ghost.
I will give Sidney J. Furie props for such a touchy and graphic film. For its time this film was very controversial due to the topic and the special effects to bring the idea to light. Barbara Hershey did a outstanding job playing the victim and it must of been very hard for her do that scene lying on the bed (which is a classic horror scene even though t is a tough scene to watch) so for that alone and her acting the film holds. I did feel that towards the end the movie got rushed but this one of those films that you will remember watching.
Rating: This is not the greatest ghost film but it is one of the most unique and memorable due to the graphic and touchy topic it contains. A film on a woman who is being physically and sexually attacked by a ghost is not your everyday movie. This film might not be for everyone due to the nature but is still a classic horror film coming from the 80s era.