Film criticism is dead.
I get all warm 'n fuzzy when the credit sequence for these movies roll the same way others do for Star Wars or Marvel films. The pre-title mayhem, the iconic theme song, the jack-o-lanterns, orange type face from the 70’s...It’s all so god damn magical.
A risky move to go heavy into social commentary with something like this, but damn if they don’t pull it off. The beauty is that it indicts everyone. The targets are quite literal, and easy…
This whole movie made me feel agitated.
Sure Gyllenhaal is a great actor, but it was brutal staring at him with NO REPRIEVE for 91 hellaciously long minutes. I’m not a big fan of talking on the phone in the best of circumstances, but watching unlikeable people yell on the phone like this was excruciating.
I even hate that Ethan Hawke, Riley Keogh, Peter Sarsgaard, Paul Dano and Bill Burr are in this for no discernible reason.
The Guilty is…
One of my favorite aspects of Kubrick's Shining was that his portrayal of Jack Torrance was always grounded in the idea he could just be an alcoholic abusive father. Whether the Overlook Hotel is haunted or not is secondary to the real monster within. Dads can be scary. The Babadook gave Mom an equal opportunity to be wacko before passing the baton to Hereditary. Recently The Lodge works in similar themes. Maybe there's something supernatural going on, or maybe not....sometimes…
Julian Beck has to rank up there with John Franklin and Angus Scrimm as one of the most naturally creepy dudes to ever play a villain. Imagine those three in the same film - some kind of tweaked out family of sociopaths. Damnation.
Reverend Kane is definitely the best thing about this sequel, and I do think "The Other Side" sorely misses Tobe Hopper's horror sensibilities. It's all just too silly and wacky to ever take seriously. I still don't…