... “Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night” transcends cultural boundaries. Which is another way of saying that the movie proves concepts like cash-ins, clichés, and slow-paced boredom mean the same thing in any language.
Some may interpret various manners of symbolism aside from the obvious ones regarding female genitalia. The rest of us just see empty style choices overcompensating for the lack of narrative substance.
“Paranormal Activity 4” is the film franchise equivalent of a hot band unsure of what to produce for its next album ... (So) they toss out a “Greatest Hits” compilation of things that were good enough in the past (with the hope) that fans will eat up the regurgitation...
“Contracted” is smaller-scale body horror that is mostly effective for its self-contained story. The drawback is that this depiction is so insular that not pouncing on the chance to exploit broader contagion fears is a missed opportunity.
Whether a finger is pointed at the era, the idea, the script, or the network for giving the film a baffling personality, “Bates Motel” has such dull edges that its primary allure is as an anomalous oddity in the “Psycho” franchise.
It’s like going through a favorite haunted house attraction at Halloween ... The first trip is so enjoyable that going again is a must. By the third time, the effort and enthusiasm can still be appreciated, but knowing where all the scares are takes away from authentic thrills.
“We Are What We Are” looks great, sounds great, and is thick with mood that other efforts can only dream of accomplishing. It is also stretched out, takes its time catching fire, and lacks the hearty meat that makes genre audiences respond.
If “Dead Weight” were a movie made by your friends, you could tell them that they did a great job and it would not be a lie. But that is exactly what “Dead Weight” comes across as: a movie made by a group of your friends.
The best advice is to pocket conventional expectations and take the film with the same “let’s just see what happens” approach that the Rambler has. “The Rambler” would not be the strangely appealing movie it is if it were presented as any less off the wall.
If one-tenth of the effort put into trumping up the film’s IMDB page was put into the acting, script, cinematography, or anything else about the movie, “Paranormal Apparition” might have been worth watching.
Regardless of one’s personal preference for how scary it may or may not be, “Paranormal Activity” has to be admired for straightforward storytelling, a well-crafted structure, and relatable horror with an inarguable ability to captivate conventional audiences.
Shedding these overdone trappings of phony theatrics, “The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill” favors pseudo-documentary over purely fictional horror entertainment to present what a real-life ghost chase would actually be like: frightfully boring.
“Fear Lives Here” ping pongs between “okay I guess” and connect-the-dots conventions while depicting an exceptional example of what makes a horror movie mediocre. The overall film may not completely sink to the bottom, but it certainly does not rise to the top, either.