It’s no secret that there are a lot of bad horror movies, but I prefer not to shit all over beginning filmmakers or those who are still learning the tricks of the trade. So for my “worst” list, I focus on filmmakers who really should know better. These are definitely not the worst horror movies of the year, but they are some of the most disappointing. READ MORE
This episode is jam packed with Halloween goodies for your trick or treat bags! The gang takes a look at a few of the slasher Blu-rays to release in September along with the Dexter finale, Sleepy Hollow, Hannibal and Insidious 2. We also report back from Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 23, along with discussing all the best haunts around the US during the spookiest month of the year, info for giveaways and more! All to the sweet and haunting sounds of Halloween at High Noon‘s newest album Way of the Wicked. READ MORE
Despite being able to appreciate James Wan’s talent and passion for the horror franchise, I’ve only really ever felt luke warm about any of the films he’s made. Whether it be Saw or, most recently, The Conjuring, there are a lot of things I can easily enjoy about his films but there are detrimental elements that keep me from completely enjoying myself. Any time someone asks me about what I thought of his film, there’s always a bunch of caveats. The first time I saw Insidious, I was really, REALLY enjoying the first half hour or so when the film played as a traditional haunted house movie. That’s when the demon in the nu-metal face paint showed up, Leigh Whannel forced his way into another movie and the whole tone switched from “haunted house” to “goofy Poltergeist rip-off”. For as much as I enjoyed the beginning of the film, the direction it went in both plot and atmosphere canceled out those positive feelings. Going in to Insidious: Chapter 2, I had my reservations as I wasn’t too into the first one and the trailer didn’t really impress me, but against all odds, I ended up enjoying this film much more than the first. READ MORE
A sequel to James Wan’s smash-hit, and still poised to make an absolute killing at today’s Friday the 13th box office, Evan Dickson found Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2 to be both highly ambitious, but also frustrating…
“I can even see myself liking ['Insidious CHapter 2'] more (or less) after repeated viewings but, for right now, it’s a frustrating experience,” Dickson explains in his review before addressing the movie’s ability to scare. “Meanwhile the scare scenes, those slowly building moments of terror where Wan typically towers above his peers, are too prevalent. So many moments in the film are constructed to have this kind of payoff that none of them really resonate.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if its totally bonkers approach made it some sort of instant cult classic,” he also explains, speaking to the spoiler-y new additions to the film.
And even though Dickson wasn’t a huge fan, he does admit that it’s resonating with him: “Still, as much as the film doesn’t work for me, I continue to be fascinated by it.”
Wan has stated that this is his retirement from horror, but after it destroys the box office, it’ll be hard to not see him return at least wearing a producer’s hat. READ MORE
The haunted Lambert family seeks to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.
As she did in the first Insidious, Oscar-nominated Hershey will play the role of Lorraine Lambert, the mother to Patrick Wilson’s Josh Lambert and the grandmother to the demon-possessed boy Dalton.
Insidious: Chapter 2 may very well be the most ambitious horror sequel I’ve ever seen. Not at all the slow burn haunted house flick that the first film was, this second chapter comes across as Back To The Future 2 meets Dream Warriors as directed by David Lynch. I’m not saying I loved the film, but I certainly have to admire the effort and intent behind it. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if its totally bonkers approach made it some sort of instant cult classic. I can even see myself liking it more (or less) after repeated viewings but, for right now, it’s a frustrating experience.
After a lengthy prologue (which features Lindsey Seim portraying a younger version of Lin Shaye’s Elise Rainier, oddly ADR’d with Shaye’s voice) the main narrative picks up right where the first Insidious left off and never stops moving. Director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell recognize that they painted themselves into a corner last time around, and they admirably soft shoe out of it by further developing the concept of “The Further.” Those of you familiar with the material know this development also means that Insidious: Chapter 2 has to be a very specific, idiosyncratic film – and it may not be for you.
I suppose the true test would be how you feel about the second half of the original film. If you liked the first half of Insidious (and thought that The Conjuring was a giant leap forward that sidestepped that unfortunate tonal shift at the midpoint) but thought that the detour into “The Further” was unnecessary – then there is little here for you. Insidious: Chapter 2 is the second half of that film several times over with time travel on top.
While many of the elements here work, the film simply tries to balance too many components. An interesting thread about a serial killer (and a character who may be possessed by him) is diluted by all of the other moving parts. The same goes for Rose Byrne’s arc, she knows something’s wrong with her husband and she’s trying to protect her family – but all of the intercutting divorces us from its momentum. Patrick Wilson has a ball playing with his more malevolent side, but there’s not enough of it. If you like Whannell and Angus Sampson’s teaming of “Tucker” and “Specs”, they’re less grating this time around but they don’t really fit into the overall flow. Jocelin Donahue is great as a young Barbara Hershey but, you guessed it, there’s not enough of her. It’s frustrating because there’s enough good stuff here to give you an itch but not enough to let you scratch it.
Meanwhile the scare scenes, those slowly building moments of terror where Wan typically towers above his peers, are too prevalent. So many moments in the film are constructed to have this kind of payoff that none of them really resonate. It’s like we’re watching Wan’s B-Sides, ephemera that’s of interest only to people who want to know what kind of stuff might have been cut from The Conjuring for time.
Still, as much as the film doesn’t work for me, I continue to be fascinated by it. In the month since my screening I kept circling back to it in anticipation of writing this review (which initially was going to be a bit more harsh). While I would much rather watch a documentary on its production than revisit the actual feature, it’s one of the rare cases where the risk on display almost validates the work at hand. Wan, coming off The Conjuring and gearing up for Fast 7, may not have had enough time to fully realize his vision – but I’ll take an admirable failure over a lazy sequel any day of the week.
James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2 hits next month and, if it’s anything like what I saw on set, promises not to disappoint fans who dug the more “out there” aspects of the first film. But, as this featurette asks, “is it scary?”
In theaters September 13, “The haunted Lambert family seeks to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.”
Check it out below! READ MORE
A few months back myself and some fellow journalists headed out to the Linda Vista Hospital to visit the set of Insidious Chapter 2, and we got quite the update from the film’s cast and crew. It’s also worth noting that I’ve visited Linda Vista on several occasions and this is the first time I actually heard something about the place that truly frightened me.
In theaters September 13, “The famed horror team of director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell reunite with the original cast of Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey and Ty Simpkins in INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, a terrifying sequel to the acclaimed horror film, which follows the haunted Lambert family as they seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.”
We actually nabbed a fair amount of the principles of this one with Wilson, Byrne, Shaye, Hershey, Whannell, Wan and producer Jason Blum on hand to guide us through the process.
Check our PART ONE of my Insidious Chapter 2 Set Visit Below!!! READ MORE
By Erik Myers:
Writer/Director James DeMonaco’s Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes-produced The Purge (formerly Vigilandia), starring Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge, Tony Oller and Rhys Wakefield, hits theaters on June 7th. The film is produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister), Platinum Dunes’ partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (The Amityville Horror, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), as well as Sébastien Kurt Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13).
“In an America wracked by crime, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity—including murder—is legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It is one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking.”
BD Stringer Erik Myers caught up with Blum at the Stanley Film Festival a few weeks back and they discussed the themes behind The Purge as well as the film’s take on violence. They also catch up a bit on Insidious Chapter 2. Check it out below! READ MORE
James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2 will be coming out a week earlier than its planned September 20th release date. FilmDistrict will now release the haunter on Friday, September 13th. Wan’s other summer effort, The Conjuring hits two months earlier on July 19th.
Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Andrew Astor, Jocelin Donahue and Danielle Bisutti all star.
I recently spent some time on the set of the film and can’t wait to report what I saw with you.
FilmDistrict is giving a lucky fan the chance to win a walk-on role in James Wan’s now filming Insidious Chapter 2.
Jonny B. just sent me the following video that’s gone viral, via Reddit, where Michael Grise shows why he deserves to be an extra in the movie alongside stars Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson and Andrew Astor.
As she did in the first Insidious, Oscar-nominated Hershey will play the role of Lorraine Lambert, the mother to Patrick Wilson’s Josh Lambert and the grandmother to the demon-possessed boy Dalton. It’ll hit theaters August 30. READ MORE
Just announced earlier today was Insidious Chapter 2, the sequel to 2010′s Insidious (which I cannot tell you how much I loved). The film has a release date of August 30th, 2013, which is incredibly soon for a film that has to be shot, edited, finalized, marketed, and ultimately released.
Now, director James Wan has confirmed via Twitter that Joseph Bishara, who composed the first film as well as played the Lipstick Demon, will be back as composer at the very least. Also, could the Lipstick Demon be back? Wan refused to release any plot details, so we’ll just have to wait and see! Check below for the Twitter exchange. READ MORE
Wow! This is gonna be a quick turnaround, and it also means that director James Wan (Saw, Insidious) will have TWO movies opening next summer. In theaters just a month or so after his hotly anticipated The Conjuring, which is apparently amazing, will be Insidious Chapter 2! That’s kind of a weird title, but I suppose I like its stately nature. The film is set to open on August 30th, 2013. As previously reported, Leigh Whannell will be writing the script.
Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, and Ty Simpkins are all returning. Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions is producing (with Alliance financing). FilmDistrict will distribute the film theatrically in the United States, with Sony handling the majority of domestic ancillary rights. Alliance will distribute in Canada, the U.K. (through its Momentum Pictures subsidiary) and Spain (through Aurum), and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions will distribute in all other international territories.
Production on the sequel is set to begin on January 15, 2013 in Los Angeles. Talk about being on the fast track!
Last night I attended a preview of Jason Blum’s Los Angeles haunted attraction, “The Blumhouse Of Horrors”. While what I saw wasn’t 100% finished, it was certainly impressive. It’s not so much a maze as it is a building full of haunts, characters, magic and smoke. I took a guided tour, which is not a VIP thing, it’s how the attraction is meant to be experienced since your guides are pretty creepy as well. There’s a lot of cool stuff to see (and feel – I know BD alum Brian Collins even got zapped). There’s also a neat feature that had the claustrophobic in me absolutely reeling. If you live in LA, and are a fan of haunted houses, I certainly recommend it.
The Blumhouse of Horrors opens on October 4th and will be open to the public Thursday through Saturday throughout October. And it’s open the entire week of Halloween. Info and tickets are available on the official site. You can also follow the Blumhouse Facebook and Twitter for more info.
After experiencing the attraction I sat down with Jason Blum to talk about his inspiration for the experience and how he tailored it to fit the building’s unique space. We also talked about some if his upcoming films. Insidious 2 seems to be just a click away and the existence of Paranormal Activity 5 seems to be a given at this point. We also talk about Dark Skies and the Ethan Hawke-starring Vigilandia, which is now titled The Purge. Head inside for the interview, it’s short but sweet! READ MORE
One of the more colorful and interesting characters in James Wan’s Poltergeist-esque Insidious was that of Specs and Tucker, played by Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson respectively. In sort an obvious direction, Whannell, who is also the franchise writer, revealed that the two goofs with a ghost hunting viewfinder will be back in Insidious 2.
“I can say that yes, my character will be seen in Insidious 2,” said Whannell to Dread. “It may probably bum a lot of people out, though, to hear this news. It’s part of the reason I don’t even read the internet message boards anymore; there was this hatred that spewed out from fans saying ‘I hated those guys! They sucked! They ruined the movie!’ so there will probably be a lot of people out there who will be disappointed to hear that the Specs and Tucker characters will be coming back. (laughs)”
We talked to Whannell exclusively the day after the sequel was announced. Here’s what he had to say.
In the 2011 hit, Josh (Patrick Wilson) and Renai (Rose Byrne) make the terrifying discovery that the body of their comatose boy has become a magnet for malevolent entities, while his consciousness lies trapped in the dark and insidious realm known as The Further. READ MORE
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s announcement that Insidious 2 would feature the return of writer Leigh Whannell and director James Wan, we hit up Whannell for a brief, exclusive, interview about the sequel. We also touch on the Saw franchise and get an update on Cooties, a film he haven’t had an update on since last April!
In the first film, “Josh (Patrick Wilson) and Renai (Rose Byrne) make the terrifying discovery that the body of their comatose boy has become a magnet for malevolent entities, while his consciousness lies trapped in the dark and insidious realm known as The Further.”
Hit the jump to check out the interview! READ MORE
It should come as no surprise that a sequel to Insidious is going forward. After all, the first one had an amazing return on investment.
But what hasn’t been confirmed (until now) is the involvement of Leigh Whannell and James Wan. There had even been talk of the film moving forward without them. When I spoke to Wan in October he had this to say, “The film is about to push 100 million worldwide right now, so I wish I could give you a creative response but when a film like this makes so much money the powers that be usually like to see a sequel. We would only do it if we could come up with something really cool and really unique. That’s why I never did and of the ‘Saw’ sequels because I didn’t want to repeat myself. But if there’s a cool idea, we’ll do it.”
Well he must have found a cool idea! Because it looks like both Whannell and Wan are in. “A sequel to the horror hit Insidious is in the works, with Leigh Whannell returning to write the script and James Wan in talks to once again direct. Jason Blum will produce through Blumhouse Productions and Brian Kavanaugh Jones, Oren Peli and Steven Schneider will be exec producers.”
“Insidious was the most fun project I’ve ever worked on,” Whannell said in a statement. “From start to finish it was an absolute joy—from the writing of the screenplay, all the way to the first screening of the film at the Toronto film festival. I believe that James Wan and I achieved what we set out to do—create a horror film for horror fans…Both of us feel that we can mine more terror from the world we created and know that if we assemble every member of the original team, we will have an amazing continuation of the story for fans of the first film. Thank you so much to every fan—you are the reason why we do what we do. See you in The Further.”
Wan and Whannell are keeping the plot of the sequel under wraps. What do you guys hope for in the sequel? READ MORE
We’ve been nudging everyone involved in FilmDistrict’s smash hit Insidious about a sequel since the movie kicked the boxoffice’s ass back in April. Even though everyone involved appears a bit hesitant to acknowledge sequel potential, Sony Pictures – who scored worldwide rights out of the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010 – is planning ahead.
According to Fusible, Sony has nabbed the following domain names: Insidious2movie.com, Insidious2.net and Insidious2-movie.net.
A few months back STYD had talked with producer Jason Blum who explained: “There’s no plan, no release date, nothing like that. I think James feels the same as Oren [Peli]. Oren was very skeptical about doing a sequel to Paranormal Activity until Michael [Perry] pitched an idea and it made sense. If Leigh comes up with a story that’s inventive and you feel like there’s a story to tell – as opposed to ‘let’s make another movie and make money’ – and he comes up with something James feels is worth making we would do it. And if Leigh doesn’t, we won’t.”
I wonder if Sony can move ahead on the project without their involvement? They did make both direct-to-video titles Hostel 3 and Quarantine 2.
In the first, Josh (Patrick Wilson) and Renai (Rose Byrne) make the terrifying discovery that the body of their comatose boy has become a magnet for malevolent entities, while his consciousness lies trapped in the dark and insidious realm known as The Further. READ MORE