Main Stars: Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Caitlin Gerard, Spencer Locke, Kirk Acevedo
Storyline: Dr. Elise Rainer goes back her childhood past as she faces the haunting that started it all in her childhood home.
Review (Spoils): Dr. Elise Rainer (Lin Shaye) this time is venturing upon nightmares of her childhood and past when she first witness, she had the gift. This leads to her abusive father, her mother’s horrible death and the connection between herself and her young brother. Ohhh and some ghosts/demons. Much like the other films she has a feeling and before you know it, she back at the old ranch in her home taking on the original demon ghost that started it all for her.
Yet again when I start these films, I get confused is it Sinister, Insidious or the Conjuring that I need to connect too. Too many of these films started at the same. But I do have to say this one had me intrigued from beginning to end even if the love connection was cheesy with the young nieces and her sidekicks.
This film gives a great backstory to this long-winded series and the actual key ghost was interesting and had some great effects. Not much on the blood and gore on this one but if lands well will the childhood tales and the demon ghosts. We have minor neck blood, some haunting key ghosts, a hanging, some beatings and lots of neck braces chained to a wall.
Rating: Lin Shaye is always a delight and she needs to be placed in a horror hall of fame for the tons of films she has done for this genre. Yeah, the nieces seemed a bit cheesy to the story line, but I guess they had to build a family connection. But the backstory is really what makes this film stand out for the series. This is dripping in plot more than blood and gore, but the ghost effects are pretty well done in this one.
Main Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Samspon, Lin Shaye
Storyline: A prequel on the storyline where Elise Rainier uses her abilities to talk a dead mother for a young teenage girl.
Review (Spoils): Quinn (Stefanie Scott) is a young teenage girl who lost her mother and she wants to communicate with her. Therefore, she reaches out to psychic Elise Rainer (Lin Shaye) to help her with that. During which Rainer comes across the dark side of the after life and could not provide what Quinn was looking for. Quinn heads home, deals with normal teenage life, and is hit by a car. She dies in a way but is brought back to life. During which because she crossed over and messed with Rainer things start to go weird for her.
First off, I really dislike it when films think it is smart to go back in time for a sequel. This story really did not need to be told and I had an issue with that. Do not get me wrong the acting from both female leads Lin Shaye and Stefanie Scott was great but the film felt like it was a lighter side of Insidious tale. Mother and daughter bond was it too mushy for taste in a horror film.
Same story when it comes to graphics on this one, ghosts, dreams, red and black man, some spooky old man that cannot breath, the old lady in black and a motherly ghost that watches over her daughter. The coolest scene of the film was when Quinn smashes the casts off her legs.
Rating: This film be prepared to wait for something to happen. Excessively much story line on just the teenage girl and her drama of coping with the lost of her mother and having to pick up the slack. It drags on way to long for a horror film that belongs to series that is suppose to scare. This film was too predictable and too corny for my liking. I want creepiness and new types of scares at this day and age. This one is old hat.
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.
Main Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye
Storyline: A child becomes trapped by an evil entity that wants his soul and uses his body to travel back to the land of the living.
Review(Spoils): The happy couple Josh (Patrick Wilson) and Renai (Rose Byrne) and their two sons move into a new home. One of their sons Dalton (Ty Simpkins) has an accident and the weirdness begins.This movie actually started off pretty good and it gave me the old time horror feel. Rose Byrne is easy on the eyes and actually a pretty good actress; Patrick Wilson’s character annoyed me and seems like the worst husband that ever existed. Jeez man your married to a babe get the fuck home! Then the movie went far left and lost me…
I love Lin Shaye as an actress but her character Elise Rainier lost me with the whole out of body experience and traveling through the planes and the stupid looking devil character just ruined what could have been a great film. Come on …? That’s the reason why Josh was staying late at night instead of being home with his family. Totally stupid this just destroyed the film.
Rating: Sorry this film could of been a really cool eerie film when it comes to ghosts and haunting but instead it became this over the top spectacle of junk. Sorry Rose Byrne I will have a drink for you.