There’s a common qualifier that goes along with seeing most low budget movies, especially low budget horror movies and that’s the old adage that “it was really good for a low budget movie”. It’s a way of saying a movie was OK, but it could have been better if they had spent more money on an actual sound person or had they actually paid someone to edit it instead of letting the only guy they know that has the software to do it for a copy of the DVD. It’s not an adage I particularly buy into as I try to judge each movie on it’s own merit but “Insidious” is definitely a movie that some people are either praising or damning based solely on the budget. I say without a doubt, this is one of the creepiest movies I’ve seen in a long time compared to any movie of any budget.
Insidious is a ghost story, pure and simple. It’s the story of an average family who begins to experience supernatural occurrences shortly after their son is injured and left in an unresponsive, coma like state.It starts with a few bumps in the attic, a creepy door opening on it’s own, and some incredible tension and runs with it. Before long the family is experiencing full blown apparitions who are not even trying to hide the fact that they are there. They want you to see them and they want you to be scared. After speaking with a ghost expert of sorts it becomes apparent what the ghost’s really want and that is to inhabit the body of the child in the coma. I could tell you more but than might spoil what I felt was an awesome roller coaster ride of scares and surprises.
One of the complaints that I have heard from people regarding this movie is actually one of the things that I feel they did better than 90 percent of horror movies out there and that is the use of the jump scare. You know, that part of the movie when it gets really quiet and the tension is high and your on the edge of your seat when suddenly some spooky music blares out right as a cat jumps out of a trash can. In “Insidious” there are plenty of scenes that do that very thing only there are no cats jumping out in this move. Every scare is genuine, never letting you off the hook once they have you on it.
The cast is solid, Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne are both believable as parents put in a terrible situation, trying with all their might just to keep it together for the sake of their children. My two favorite characters were Specs and Tucker played by Leigh Whannel and Angus Sampson as part of a team of ghost experts who investigate the house. They were the “comic relief” portion of the movie, raising the spirits just enough that when the next scare hit it was all the more impactful.
Is is a perfect movie? Of course not. The CGI ghosts were shoddy at times, the kid actors were a bit stiff and I don’t know if it was just my theater but the image was terribly dark which at times made it hard to see everything that was going. If your looking for a movie to keep you up at night and make you think than this is the movie for you. Check out “Insidious” this weekend and have a good scare, you just might like it…
Over the next couple of weeks we are going to take a look at some of the talented comic writers and artists we spent time with at Staple-Austin recently. We had a great time meeting and interviewing these guys and girls and want to give you a chance to check out some of their work.
Jen Bryan is an Austin based artist/designer who creates custom jewelry and belt buckles to fit any need you might have. Jen loves to create custom pieces so contact her at www.lucybluestudio.com to speak with here and find out what kind of cool stuff she can make for you or just to check out some of her cool designs.
This week on Noob Radio Richard and Christian discuss the forthcoming theatrical release of “The Dead”, wonder how the computer gaming industry still exists after years of piracy and give you all the details on how to get involved in Geek Weekend #2. All this and much much more on this weeks episode of Noob Radio…
Film-Composer, the legendary John Barry is no longer breathing air, reported USA today. Responsible for composing the scores of films such as Midnight Cowboy, Dances With Wolves, Out Of Africa and 11 James Bond films, this is a man who’s music will live forever, even though he did not.
Pay your respects, and watch one of these films that he helped to make memorable in the extreme, and for once think very hard about how integral the music is to the theatrical experience.
This episode on the new video series “VHS Hell with Matthew Jones” we look at XTRO, the best 1983 British Sci-Fi Movie to feature the eating of snakeeggs and face rape in a tentacle fashion ever! Unlike all those other 1983 British Sci-Fi Movies to feature the eating of snake eggs and face rape in a tentacle fashion, this one is enjoyable.
Ahhhh… Voice acting. Games these days need it. Unless you’re making a retro-styled, soon-to-be-showered-with-critical-Praise Indie Game, it’s pretty tough to tell a story without it. Even the most money tight budget titles I’ve played in the last two years have featured pretty passable voice acting. But it wasn’t always so Kids. And it was doubly-wasn’t so for Japanese games.
There’s a lot of reasons we could list for this. Different cultures; Hiring educational translation firms to read your lines for you; or Even just getting the one one fat, American programmer that’s on your Japanese-Based development team to do 80% of the characters. There’s a lot of methods at fault for the wackiness Japan has peed all over our consoles, like some kind of (probably) Japanese originating fetish or gameshow. But lets not look at the end results as bad, so much as we look at them as Awesome. Think about it, won’t you? Thank you.
I’m here today to talk about Christmas… or “X-Mas” as its known in the darkest circles of Mall Advertising Planners. Now everyone has certain shows, or movies that they LOVE to watch to help get them in the mood for when the Pie-Baking-Season rolls around, but…
What to watch, hmmm? A Christmas Story? Rankin/Bass stop-motion specials? It’s A Wonderful Life perhaps? No Sir! Not me!
Because I’m all broken and messed-up inside, my holly jolly favorites are of a slightly… different variety. Join me, won’t you, as we take a load of tinsel in the face from a jolly, fat man that we can only hope is Saint Nick…
#10 – The Ref (1994)
This delightfully pessimistic film is about a man who holds a screwed-up, bickering family hostage when his planned robbery goes all NUTTY, and they’re on a colission course with wackyness! It’s nice to see Denis Leary when he was funny, still fresh from dry-humping jokes out of Bill Hicks’ corpse. This is the most normal Christmas Comedy I’ll admit to watching, as most other movies that can be described as a “Christmas Comedy” make me want to tear my own eyes out, and fill the empty sockets with broken ornaments.
Finally the world will get to see Mel Gibson’s Beaver, a Mel Gibson vehicle that was canned due to… uh… certain… tapes and such… The movie is about a high-power excec who turns to using a Beaver hand puppet as his only means of communicating with others, which sounds way better than the sitcom re-make I expected. Check out the trailer as soon as its up! And one last joke… we’ll get to see Mel shove his hand in a Beaver! Yes!!!
“Screw You!” says Comcast to Netflix over a piddling pile of Pennies. “We demand cash, or we’ll slow down or stop your streaming videos. Net-Neutrality be damned!”
“But this is robbery!”, said the puppy-eyed and awfully cute Netflix. “We’ll take you to the Fed court you big mean bullies!”
The big, evil, (and in bed with NBC through their proprietary streaming service) Rampaging Comcast-Beast, hunched its evil shoulders and said, “Nay you will lose! This is merely a business disagreement, and hath nothing to do with freedom of information.”
And Lo, the battle raged… but few people realized how important of a battle it was.
To most Americans, Chris Morris is a new face. His film Four Lions, reviewed HERE, has been receiving critical praise, and garnering both interest and condemnation (mostly from folks who haven’t seen the film and feel that its making light of an “untouchable” subject), but just who is Chris Morris, other than the funny boss on The IT Crowd? A lot of folks Stateside are wondering.
Well pull down the shades and kill the lights; It’s time to get dark. I am here to give you a briefing on the mans work, and touch a little on the man Himself.
Chris Morris has been a longtime staple of British Television and Radio. Starting in the late 80′s, his first real fame with the General British Public came with his writing and starring inThe Day Today show,