This review has taken some time for me to crank out for many reasons. The true reason is that Verotika is the stepchild that never should’ve come over to visit. She spent too much time lingering around and then decided to stay the night. Come morning, you find out that the parents decided to never come back and you’re left with this bug-eyed offspring that just won’t leave your side.
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? is an American psychological horror thriller, directed by Robert Aldrich and based upon the novel by Henry Farrell. Produced by Warner Brothers, it was released in 1962, starring Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Victor Buono. Buono was a newcomer to Hollywood, and this was his introductory film. The film was nominated for four academy awards, including Bette Davis for best actress, but won only one for costume design.
When watching most horror movies, there comes that moment where you wish you can warn the characters not to go to the isolated, dangerous place they seem hell-bent on heading to. Obviously, with a movie entitled The Lodge, I was subconsciously shaking my head within the first ten minutes, thinking what a bad idea it was for them to head out of town for the holidays.
Although this is only his third directed film, Leigh Whannell is quickly establishing himself as a recognizable face in the industry. The man behind the sleeper hit Upgrade starts this film with a similar aesthetic with crashing waves and sleek living spaces that informs us who is behind the camera. Perhaps in a few years, like Hitchcock and Kubrick, we’ll know Whannell’s tone before the opening credits. But I’m getting ahead of myself. It’s still amazing to see how far the writer of Saw has come. The Invisible Man has intelligence and scares to spare.
Jason Blum is the CEO and founder of one of the most significant film production studios in Hollywood and the film industry as a whole. The model that he and his team at Blumhouse have created has allowed a new generation of filmmakers to use every inch of their creativity, without totally going bankrupt.
Director Ant Timpson’s Come to Daddy is more of a thriller first and then a dark comedy, with elements of off-the-wall banter by Gordon (Stephen McHattie) and Norval (Elijah Wood). Right from the start, you can tell that time has passed both characters by, leaving many questions and very, very few answers. There are some plot twists and oddball characters showing up from time to time, such as Jethro, played by Michael Smiley (The Hallow), Ronald Plum, played by Garfield Wilson, (Vendetta), and Gladys, played by Madeleine Sami (The Breaker Upperers). As the film jettisons the viewer back and forth with plot twist after plot twist, there literally isn’t enough time to comprehend the film. Once you think you have…well, something else happens, and you’re thrust into a new direction that catches you off guard.
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After admittedly not being a fan of The Boy, I went into Brahms: The Boy 2 with low expectations. Sadly, I should’ve lowered them further as the film goes through the motions of a haunted house movie without any sense of fun and few scares to match. At an hour and twenty-five minutes, the story is very bare bones and leaves us wondering what could’ve been.