Archive for horror flicks

The Crooked Man Cometh

Posted in Ghost/Demon, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 14, 2016 by dtrain1008

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The Conjuring 2

GREETINGS, friends, and welcome once again to your source for spooky… The Cathedral is back in business, and this time we’re taking a look at a fresh movie on the block. The Conjuring 2 made its terrifying debut this weekend, and after hearing four separate people give positive reviews, I knew I had to see this one.  Now know this… The first Conjuring was one of few movies to get a perfect score on this blog, so needless to say that’s a tough act to follow. And Horror movie sequels in general don’t often succeed, as it were. So I was VERY glad to see this one deliver… Anyway, let’s get into it.

It’s the mid-1970’s, and Ed & Lorraine Warren are investigating one of their darkest, most sinister cases ever in Amityville, New York. The aftermath of that event has left psychological scars on Lorraine. Enough to the point that she’s unwilling to take on any new cases. But elsewhere in the world, a struggling mother is witnessing something happening to her daughter. She’s speaking with the voice of an old man. She’s claiming that someone, or something, is intruding on her room in the night. And her house is slowly getting trashed by an evil spirit.  But she’s probably faking it, right? …….. Right?

I’m wondering how long it’ll take for James Wan to be recognized as one of the better horror directors in history. He’s already the director and/or producer of The Conjuring, Insidious, Saw (and sequels), and Dead Silence. And he’s got a strong docket still coming, including Lights Out, and mulitple Insidious sequels. The dude is legit.  And admittedly, there seems like a very similar tone between the Conjuring and Insidious movies, but they have their differences, and at the end of the day, they’re both pretty damn scary. And that’s the bottom line.

Back to business. Say 10 Hail Mary’s and let’s go in for A Closer Look

Villain: A sinister demon. That’s all you get.

How do I Stop It?: As is the case with the first movie, this is a foul, horrible beast. You’ll need some serious help if you’re confronted with this one.

Lessons Learned: Ok. How do I get this to sink in? Spirit boards are generally not a good idea. So making a spirit board… that’s an even worse idea. If there’s a way to communicate with the dead, leave it to the pros, eh? And another thing. Should you have a nightmare of a particularly creepy spirit, you shouldn’t EVER feel the need to make a painting of said spirit, and hang it on your effing wall! EVER. FO RILL.

Who Do I Watch With?: Anyone who’s up for a good, clean, scary movie. I do recommend bringing someone though. This one’s pretty spooky.

Movie Trivia: On the first day of shooting, an actual priest was brought in to bless the set (creepy trivia!). Also, James Wan turned down an unknown (but claimed to be very large) amount of money to direct Fast 8, in order to direct The Conjuring 2. \m/  \m/

Rating the Flick

Villain: 10/10. Wow this thing is nuts. As good as the demon in the first movie was, I think this one was even scarier. Wan really had a great design for the character(s), and I’m sure they’ll certainly be in a lot of upcoming nightmares.

Scare Factor: Palms doth sweateth (9/10)

This is a pretty long movie by horror standards, and while there are a few slow parts here and there, the scares are also there, the whole time. Be warned, this is a very scary movie.

Gore Rating: Barely Bloody Machete (1/5)

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Not much to worry about here. Similar to the first one, basically no gore involved, but as Mr. Wan has shown us, it’s not needed to get you jumping in these films.

Overall Rating: 5/5 Reclinerschairs

….because Chairs! Yes, another perfect score. And I dare say (I dare, I dare!) that The Conjuring 2 is even better than the first movie. It’s just… really really good. The plot development is great, there’s good foreshadowing, subtle references to other films in the saga, and most importantly, straight up scary stuff. Really really solid film here. I don’t really know what else to say, so I think I’m just going to end it on that. If you get a chance, SEE THIS MOVIE IN THEATERS. It’s worth the ticket price.

So that’ll wrap up this review. As it turns out, there’s more horror movies being released in the coming months, so stay tuned. Never know what you might see on here… Oh, and I’ll leave you with this…

Until next time, say your prayers.

-Dvo

Hush Little Baby…

Posted in Demented Human with tags , , , , , on May 1, 2016 by dtrain1008

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Hush

You hear door creaking, and as the door finally gives, you hear the sound of many heavy wooden objects falling to the floor. A cloud of dust explodes around you, and you have to make your way through a seemingly-endless number of cobwebs to get to your destination. That’s right, kids. You’ve made it back to the Unholy Cathedral. Sorry for the mess… This place hasn’t been used in a while. So now that we’re nice and comfortable, let’s talk spooky things.

A friend of mine sent me a teaser for a new Netflix movie (yes, I’m back on Netflix streaming! I’m a proud member of the year 2008) that was just released this year, and it sounded pretty creepy on paper. And bad guys who wear human face masks are pretty scary. Did you see that cover? Look at that. Creepy.  Anyway, it’d been a while since I sat down for a good scary movie, and last night I decided to give Hush a spin.

Hush is the story of a deaf and mute writer who’s living on her own in a wooded area, where she’s working on her book. She has some good friends who are also her neighbors, and is struggling to wrap up her 2nd novel.  And even though she’s self-sustaining, her impairment leaves her in a true state of isolation from the rest of the world.  But not for long.. On this night, she has company, whether she likes it or not.  And this company has some sinister intentions…

Put in your hearing aids, and let’s go in for A Closer Look.

Villain: A murderous young man

How Do I Stop Him?: This guy is as human as they come. But he’s clever, and induces a lot of fear and panic into his victims prior to attacking them. So if you do run into him, be smart about it. Keep your cool. And hopefully you have a good weapon at your disposal.

Lessons Learned: For goodness sake… if your best sense is sight, and you’re looking to hide, you should find a place that allows you to see all entrances to your hiding spot. And I can understand some people wanting to live in a secluded area for peace and quiet. But if you’re deaf, it’s always quiet, no? Perhaps that’s a little insensitive. But also realistic.

Who Do I Watch With?: I think this is a pretty great horror flick for anyone interested in the genre.  And it has a similar feel to The Strangers, so I’d recommend watching this one with whomever you happen to live with. Protect your home, kiddos!

Movie Trivia: The entire film was shot in only 18 days. Also, there’s only 15 minutes of dialogue in the entire run time, so there’s more than an hour of the movie without any spoken words.

Rating the Flick

Villain: 7/10. This guy is a very good, crafty, killer. But he kind of contradicts himself along the journey. There are times where he shows his innate ability to maintain control of the situation with deception, marksmanship, and general fear.  But then there are times where he makes, simply put, really dumb decisions. It’s a good character, but just fell short of being great.

Scare Factor: 8/1o. Pretty creepy movie here. I thought the use of the mask was well done in this one (there’s more than meets the eye), but in general the scares start early on, and the director keeps the discomfort going from there on. You’ll be on edge a lot during this one.

Gore Rating: Moderately Bloody Machete (3/5)

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Oh yes, there’s some blood along the way too. Not to the point where you’ll be entirely grossed out, but it’s there. And I think it’s just the right amount for a movie like this. It brings the gravity of the situation to light, but isn’t excessive.

Overall Rating: 4/5 Silencers

silencer Because you’ll never hear it coming. Hush is a really strong movie. The storyline is entirely self-explanatory, and they don’t really set up a long plot line. Which, in this case, works great for it. GOING ON RECORD: I don’t love when horror movies go through elaborate stories and essentially make a mystery about the motives of the beast, and then “uncover” the means to survive/kill it.  Movies that do this well: Hellraiser, The Omen, The Conjuring. Movies that don’t: Van Helsing (ugh), recently Sinister IIThe Gallows.

Anyway, back on track… Hush just brings a very personal, “in-your-face” kind of terror. And the threat is very realistic, so I think the scares are legitimate. It’s a solid flick, but I think it just needed to be a liiiiitttle scarier to bring home a 4.5 or 5 rating.

That’ll wrap up this review, but if you have Netflix, give it a try sometime! One of my more loyal listeners has been pushing more creepy video games my way, so eventually there may be some of that coming. But also, coaster season starts this week, so maybe I’ll write some things about that as well. In any case, I’ll try to keep the content coming at your source for all things scary.

Until next time, lock your doors.

-Dvo

I See My Frans

Posted in Ghost/Demon with tags , , , , on February 8, 2016 by dtrain1008

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Alright chums, let’s do this thing! The now seldomly-opened cathedral has creaked open its decaying doors, and the scares are back. What really sucks is that I’ve watched three or four horror movies in the last few months, but it’s been a hot minute since I saw them, and I wouldn’t feel right posting an out-dated review.  So this week we’re going over the one I saw most recently, Unfriended.

Unfriended is the story of a group of teenagers who witness the horrific suicide of one of their classmates, and friends.  Fast forward one year later, and the group of friends has done a pretty good job of moving on.  But one girl is still coping with the loss of her good friend, unbeknownst to the rest of the group.  Anyway, they get together on a skype call one evening (apparently skype is the AIM of 2015?) to hang out.  But there’s an unknown guest on the call as well… and this unknown guest is making some scary threats. And what’s going on with their computers? Dun dun DUNNNNNNN.

HANG UP DAT VIDEO CONFERENCE… and let’s log in for A Closer Look

Villain: A sinister spirit seeking virtual vengeance (+1 for alliteration combo!)

How Do I Stop It?: Well, two ways. First, be a decent human being. I know, I know. Really solid advice. And second? Shut it down!

Lessons Learned: Posting shame videos of your friends on the internet isn’t the way to go, kids. This message is brought to you by famous people everywhere. And Mexico. I think the real lesson is that social media is the devil. Damn you, Zuckerberg.

Who Do I Watch With?: Well hopefully if you’re watching this, you’re either a horror junkie, or a 15-year old kid on a date.  This is a classic teen romp.

Movie Trivia: All of the facebook and skype accounts in the movie exist, and can be found on their respective sites. Also the whole movie was completed as one long shot, with the actors on real computers in separate rooms of a house.

Rating the Flick

Villain: 1/10. This villain is one step short of a Wayans Bros. movie. It’s like Jigsaw from Saw had a teenage kid, but rather than come up with clever torture traps, he/she was just an internet troll. Do better, horror filmmakers.

Scare Factor: 3/10. As far as scares go, there aren’t many. I’ll admit it’s mildly entertaining to see how the story shakes out and watch these kids suffer, but at the end of the day it’s just not very scary.

Gore Rating: Barely Bloody Machete (1/5)

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Just a touch of blood in here, as there’s one or two slightly gruesome scenes. But for the most part Unfriended is pretty tame.

Overall Rating: 0/5 AIM Away Messagesaway_message Because we should all reflect on the best messaging software that ever was. Regardless of those CDs that AOL would send you in the mail. See, this is why this movie is bad. I can’t even talk about the horror. I just want to talk about Netscape Navigator and trollface. Unfriended is Unworthy of this blog, and yet here I am. Must be winter.

That’ll wrap up this review, but stay tuned. Who knows, maybe 3 months from now I’ll be back, hopefully with a much scarier movie.  But in the meantime, feel free to throw some horror recommendations my way! Hope you’re all staying warm this winter.

-Dvo

 

Ghosts on TV

Posted in Ghost/Demon, Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 7, 2015 by dtrain1008

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Well I successfully took about a month off, but it’s time to re-open the doors to the Cathedral, kids. Welcome back yet again to the Unholy Cathedral, (hopefully) your source for all things that go bump in the night. This week we’re taking a look at Poltergeist, the 2015 re-make of the Craig T. Nelson (of Coach fame) film from the 1980’s.

I should start by saying that while many think of Poltergeist as a classic, I was never a big fan of the original.  I think the original is more silly than scary, so I was hoping that this reboot would bring a modern approach and some legitimate scares… how’d it do? Let’s jump in.

Poltergeist is the story of a down-on-their-luck family who gets a great deal on a new house. Almost too good to be true, one might say.  But they’re trying to get a fresh start with this new home.  The good news? The place is in a nice, modern subdivision. The bad? The parents soon learn about a morbid history of their neighborhood at a dinner party, and when they return home, the kids are in real bad shape.  At least those of them who are still there… Well damn.

Let’s jump behind the screen for A Closer Look

Villain: Evil Spirits trying to lure a young girl to them so they can find new life

How do I Stop Them?: Well… hopefully you’re smart enough to recognize a bad situation when you see it, and therefore can make conscious decisions about when you’re being tricked. But should you fall into this trap… I hope you’ve got a good friend who knows their paranormal stuff.

Lessons Learned: Well, if a house is selling for a price that seems too good to be true, there’s likely a reason for it.  Ask the question, all you home buyers! And for goodness sake, if you have a family of 5 and both parents are unemployed, try just a LITTLE financial responsibility. Not that that has anything to do with being haunted. That’s just sound advice. And finally, if you move into a house that has random clown dolls hidden in a secret room behind a wall? GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE.

Who Do I Watch With?: I’d recommend that if you’re gonna watch this one, it should be with someone who’s seen the original. Or just has a penchant for not-great horror.

Movie Trivia: The movie trivia this week is pretty sad, which I guess is par for the course with this one. But one of the lead actresses admitted in a Q&A that she’d never seen the original film until this one had completed production.

Rating the Flick

Villain: 3/10. Most of you know that I’m more into the paranormal movies than slashers, so this should be an easy win for me. But alas, the evil entity is just not scary whatsoever, and it’s also not very creative.

Scare Factor: 3/10. I had to conceded a few points. The “development” phase of the movie was actually decent, with a few creepy moments. But once the thing is revealed and we see the “other side,” it’s just not scary whatsoever.

Gore Rating: Clean Machete (0/5)

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Not a drop of blood on that thing! Look at it, just glistening over there, waiting to hack up some unfortunate soul.  It’ll have to wait for the next movie.  Poltergeist holds back on the blood, as well as the scares.

Overall Rating: 0.5 Flatscreen Televisions

tvs This one is pretty rough from start to finish. And they tried to put in some subtle “homages” to the original, but they really just invoke lots of headshaking and facepalming. The dad is trying to be a Coach. Sigh. And the school where he’s trying to become the coach? It’s named after the director of the original. Someone stick a fork in this one.

On a COMPLETE side note that is unrelated to this post, something else that needs a fork stuck in it– The Walking Dead.  My crusade against this season is growing stronger. It’s awful.

In any case, tread carefully when it comes to Poltergeist. It’s got about 2 good moments. When you’re trying to market your movie based on a prop that’s used only in a few scenes, you’re doing it wrong.  May I instead recommend Annabelle?

That’s going to wrap up this Unholy review.  On another side note, I watched The Gallows last night, and Adam’s review a few months ago was pretty on-point.  Mildly entertaining for a while, but the end was incredibly cheesy.  I think I enjoyed it better than Poltergeist though. But there are more things scary coming, even in the Christmas season.  So stay tuned for more Unholy Happenings.

Until next time, stay warm.

-Dvo

Maroon Peek?

Posted in Demented Human, Ghost/Demon, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 26, 2015 by dtrain1008

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Crimson Peak

Greetings again, kiddos.  We’re LESS THAN A WEEK from the witching hour! And I’m slacking harder than ever!  Many apologies for the lack of updates this month. Let’s see if we can do better this week.  Last week, I saw the new flick currently in theaters, Crimson Peak, directed by Guillermo Del Toro.  I’m a fan of his.  Pan’s Labyrinth is very cool, and if you haven’t seen The Orphanage, I strongly recommend checking that one out this Halloween season.   But this time we’re talking about his most recent film, so let’s dive right in.

Crimson Peak is the story of a young aspiring author, Edith, who lives in New York with her father.  But when a charming aristocrat from Europe shows up in town looking for investors, she becomes smitten with him. He’s very mysterious, but has a charm to him. Nonetheless, Edith’s father clearly does not approve.  But when his sudden death leaves Edith all alone, she finds comfort in her new love, and goes back to Europe with him… only to find dark secrets in her new home.  We’re not in… New York any more.

Wipe of the blood, and let’s go in for A Closer Look.

Villain: **SPOILER ALERT** Devious siblings looking to bring a lovely lady back to their home…

How Do I Stop Them?: Well, for one don’t be completely naive. It’s very rare that two life-changing things happen at the same time, so maybe stop to consider that maybe those two things are related… Maybe this should be a lesson learned. But if you do fall victim to this, find a way to either get some help, or just get the hell out of there.

Lessons Learned: See above. This chick is dumb. Fo real.

Who Do I Watch With?: This one’s pretty tame overall A little bit of blood, but overall not too intense.  It’s got a creepy feel, and Del Toro makes a decent film, so bring a date and enjoy this one.

Movie Trivia: The house in this film was built in its entirety, and all of the parts used to make it were obtained specifically for the house.. nothing was re-used or salvaged. Also, Neither of the two leading actors were the first selections for their respective roles. The first choices were Benedict Cumberbatch and Emma Stone.

Rating the Flick

Villain: 6/10. Del Toro does a good job of keeping the sinister side of the siblings subtle.  Ultra alliteration combo achieved!  But the characters have a very good mystique about them, and Jessica Chastain delivers a very strong performance as Lucille.

Scare Factor: 5/10. It’s not a walk in the park, as there are certainly some really cool, creepy visuals throughout.  And a few “gotchas” along the way.  But in terms of truly scary, Crimson Peak doesn’t hit the mark.

Gore Rating: Slightly Bloody Machete (2/5)

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Like I said earlier, there’s not a ton of blood and guts here. But there is some very good use of color throughout the movie, as I’m sure you can guess, based on the film’s title.  Not much that should make you nauseous though.

Overall Rating: 3/5 Bloody Womenwomen

Because British puns! I dare say that’s one of the creepier ratings scales I’ve used, and just in time for Halloween.  Anyway, overall I enjoyed the movie.  It’s got a pretty interesting story, some very beautiful sets and costume work, a lot of really cool color schemes, and pretty strong acting all around.  Oh and did I mention the creepy spirits? Del Toro is a pretty imaginative guy, and it shows once again in Crimson Peak.  I do think it could be a little scarier, and the latest trailers made it seem like we were in for a pretty scary time.  Also, I was a tad disappointed at the ending, but it wasn’t a bad one by any stretch.  The long story short is, this is a pretty cool movie if you’re looking for a dark flick.  But if you’re looking for the scare-a-thon for Halloween week, this might not be what you’re looking for.

So that’ll wrap up this review.  I hope you’re all getting your fill of horror this season, but if not, there may still be more to come here… and there’s an #Unholy party taking place in Aurora this weekend!  The house is looking scary, and maybe I’ll put some pictures on here when it’s all said and done.

Until next time, keep the scares strong.

-Dvo

Take a Look into the Mirror…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 13, 2015 by dtrain1008

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The Broken

Well well… here we are in mid-October, and things are getting busy!  I have a lot that I should blog about, including the rest of the Florida trip, a trip to a local haunt here in Chicago, and a visit to Six Flags’ Fright Fest!  But this one is back to our roots… a nice scary movie to celebrate the Halloween season.  I kind of took a chance on this one.  I’d never heard of it before stumbling across a trailer for it a while back, and I saw Lena Headey (of Game of Thrones and The Purge fame) as the lead actress.  Throw in what looked like potential for a pretty scary flick, and I was down to party on this one.  So let’s get under the covers and take a look at this surprising film.

The Broken is the story of a young woman named Gina, who’s in a pretty good place in life. She has a new boyfriend, a loving father and brother, and works as a radiologist in London.  But one night at a dinner with her family, something strange happens.  A mirror seemingly breaks from the inside, all on its own.  Thinking nothing about it, Gina and her family move on.  But as the days pass, more mirrors are breaking, and that’s not all… her family is beginning to act strange; she’s seeing a woman who looks identical to her on the streets.  And after a terrible car accident, Gina’s life is thrown into a deep spiral where nothing seems as it is, and her closest friends don’t seem very close any more…

Not scared yet? Let’s go in for A Closer Look

Villain: Sinister reflections that escape mirrors and assume the identity of their human counterparts

How Do I Stop Them?: Very tricky one here.. these things are tricky, and are certainly up to no good. Best bet is to keep an eye out for another “you” walking the streets, and if you do see him or her, KILL THEM.

Lessons Learned: Normally this is where I rag on the protagonist for being an idiot.  And there’s certainly a joke about women drivers in this movie.  But overall, Gina gets caught up very quickly in a bad situation, and understandably panics. So I guess the lesson is just this: if shit starts going haywire, seek help fast, rather than waiting for it to go further south.

Who Do I Watch With?: Well this is certainly an R-rated movie for some sexuality.  But beyond that, this is a REALLY cool, pretty creepy movie.  Grab an adult friend who’s down for a scary movie and enjoy the ride.

Movie Trivia: IMDB is slacking on this one! The movie’s actual title is spelled The Brøken, using a broken letter from the Norwegian and Danish languages.  Also, the phones in the movie all have American rings, despite being set in London.

Rating the Flick

Villain: 10/10. I think what I like a lot about this movie is that the scariest part about the villains is that they’re just people.  But not just normal people… they’re “us.” Somehow Sean Ellis is able to take what we originally see as friendly faces, and turn those same faces into pure terror.  It’s very well done.

Scare Factor: 8/10. I definitely got creeped out a few times during this movie. There’s some really great suspense throughout, and some very creative camera shots make this a pretty disturbing film.

Gore Rating: Mildly Bloody Machete (2/5)

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It’s really not too bad in terms of gore.  There’s a moderately violent scene, but it’s not a head-turner.  If violence makes you squeamish, you should be okay to see this one.  But understand it’s not the gore that’ll get you…

Overall Rating: 4/5Creepy Mirrors

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Yep, really really liked this one. The Broken premiered at Sundance Film Festival, and also won first choice at Horrorfest 2009, and I can understand why.  This movie had just about everything you want in a good horror movie.  It’s got really creepy bad guys, great suspense, and a pretty crazy plot twist at the end.  The acting was pretty good for the most part, and as I said, some of the camera shots are just downright scary. This is an indie flick that didn’t get a lot of attention, but it’s making me want to try more of these underground movies.  Very cool stuff.  So if you’re looking for a scary movie this season and you’re able to get your hands on this one, it’s worth a spin.

That’ll wrap up this review, but again, there’s probably a bunch more to come, assuming I can get to work on decorating my house at some point! I’m playing catch-up at this point, but don’t worry… the Cathedral’s doors will be opening again soon. So stay tuned.

Until next time, take a look in the mirror.

-Dvo

Sinister Sequels

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on August 25, 2015 by dtrain1008

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Sinister 2

Greetings all, and welcome once again to The Unholy Cathedral!  Your source for horror movie reviews is back open, and we’re approaching the end of summer, which can only mean one thing… Halloween season is on the horizon!  But first let’s get down to the film du jour… This one has been much-anticipated for most of the summer. If you follow the blog, you know I’m a huge fan of Sinister.  For my dollar, it’s one of the better modern horror movies.  So with the release of the sequel this weekend, I had to make the trip to the theater to see if a continuation could possibly hold up to the horrifying tale told in the first installment. How did it do? Let’s jump in and see what spooky things Blumhouse Productions has brought us this time.

Sinister 2 is the story of a former deputy who is following up on a chain of horrible murders that have taken place, seemingly the result of a paranormal entity.  The deputy is trying his best to end a pattern he’s seemingly uncovered, and get rid of the evil once and for all.  What’s he doing? Burning down houses, of course! Seriously though.  And as he makes some calls to realtors, it sounds like he’s in good shape, since the latest house is unoccupied, or so they tell him.  But as he shows up with his gasoline, things turn for the worse quickly.  Not only is the house occupied, but it’s a single mother with her two children.  Going to be a little more difficult this time.  And things get worse, as he begins to unravel the dark truth about the home… Bloody hell.

I was kind of torn by this movie.  There’s a lot of things I liked.  The very first scare in this movie really got me good, and I was ready for a few hours of pure terror.  But it kind of lost its mojo somewhere along the way.  Also, Bhughul is a little different this time around, and I think it’s a step back from the original.  More on that later.  Here’s the rub, though.  The first installment of this saga really did a great job of keeping us in a complete state of discomfort, the entire time.  This time around… there’s a little too much silliness.

This is no time to boogie… let’s go in for A Closer Look

Villain: Bhughul, a very Sinister demon.  I’m aware. Horrible pun.

How Do I Stop It?: Well, I won’t play spoiler here, but there are ways. The easiest solution though, is to do some research on a house if you plan on moving in.  If some family got horrifically murdered in a house, maybe consider a different one.  Seems reasonable, right?

Lessons Learned: Oh, so many.  I mean, first and foremost, see that last part.  Homes with dark histories aren’t worth it, kiddos.  Next, if some strange ghost kid wakes you up at night to watch some creep-ass movies in the basement, chances are he’s NOT trying to help you.  And most importantly, if you’re a kid and you’re seeing ghosts, then you might want to, I don’t know, tell someone?

Who Do I Watch With?: This one’s good for all ages I think.  Not too gory, nothing too adulterated, and if I’m being honest, not “too” scary.  Grab a friend and enjoy the flick.

Movie Trivia: The rural farmhouse setting is due to the movie being an homage to Stephen King’s Children of the Corn. Also, the protagonist, Deputy So & So, still does not get a name in this chapter of the saga.

Rating the Flick

Villain: 6/10. I think Bhughul takes a step back this time around.  Where the first movie had a lot of mystery about him, he becomes more visible, and less suspenseful, in this chapter.  It’s still a really creepy character, don’t get me wrong.  But the bar was set pretty high in the first of the Sinister movies.

Scare Factor: 6/10.  There’s some very good “gotchas” along the way, and there are some scary scenes.  But as a whole, it didn’t get me too bad.  When thinking back to the first, I was still scared when I got home from the theater.  This time around, I wasn’t that scared by the end credits.

Gore Rating: Moderately Bloody Machete (3/5)

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There’s some gore in the horrific movies that we’re forced to endure yet again, and really in one of them in particular.  If you can get through some creepy fake snuff flicks, then you’ll be ok.

Overall Rating: 3/5  8 mm Cameras

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It’s certainly not the greatest movie, but I’ve also seen worse. Let’s start with the good things.  The snuff films are once again, the most disturbing parts of this movie.  Really creepy stuff, and they got pretty creative with the killings.  Bhughul is just naturally terrifying, even though he wasn’t executed as well in this one as the original.  And overall, the story wasn’t terrible.  Now as for the bad… there’s just gaping plot holes, particularly at the climax of the movie.  And there’s also a lot of dead time in the middle of the movie that I can do without.  Even though the snuff films themselves were ultra disturbing, it seemed like they tried too hard to make us watch them this time.  As a contrast, in the first one it was like a car wreck. You knew it was going to be horrible, but you kind of wanted to watch anyway.

An obvious thought is that the first movie set the bar so high, that there’s no way this one could live up to it.  And in some regards, I say sure.  And like I said, this is still not a “bad” movie.  But in terms of must-see horror, I wouldn’t put this in that category.  If you’re really craving some horror, I’d say it’s worth a rent when it hits Netflix/DVD.  The good news is that it looks like this year’s Halloween slate has a lot of potential for some real good scares. Keep your eyes peeled for some scary movies in the coming months.  And also stay tuned for a preview of the #Unholy trip to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios.  Long story short, there’s a lot of content on the horizon.  Darkness is truly rising, my friends.

So that’ll wrap up this review.  May your days be shorter and your nights be full of terror.

Until next time, DON’T LOOK BACK.

-Dvo