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REVIEW: Insidious: The Last Key

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The latest entry of the Insidious franchise is coming to Blu-Ray and DVD soon, so we thought it was time to sit down and give the flick a Fright Nerd review.

In ‘Insidious: The Last Key’ the story again focuses on parapsychologist Elise Rainier, who receives a disturbing phone call from a man who claims that his house is haunted. The plot twist comes early as his address, 413 Apple Tree Lane in Five Keys, N.M, is where Elise grew up and honed her abilities under the watch of her physically abusive father.

Rainer brings her dynamic duo of paranormal investigators to go back and confront a demon that she accidentally set free when she was a kid.

The story has plenty of content to it, and the setup of the backstory is pretty thorough without being overdone, but it fails to capitalize with the normal level of scares that we are used to with a traditional Insidious movies.

There are a lot of layers to the long-standing hauntings of the house and, apparently (SPOILER warning), the demon has been forcing the men living in the home to carry out a spree of murders, leaving bodies shoved into a briefcase and hidden deep in the basement storm drains.

By the way, the basement in the home is quite epic, it looks more like the lair of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles than any type of basement I’ve ever been in.

Back to the film, the story rolls on, and rolls on, and rolls on, and even drops in a little family reunion along the way. While it didn’t tie things together, it seemed a bit too layered and seemed to lack the consistent scares that horror fans may be expecting.

I couldn’t get into the movie, but I didn’t find it terrible. I’m not upset that I watched it, but I’m also not raising my hand to watch it again.

I suppose it’s a good option for any fan of Insidious and if there is absolutely nothing else better to watch on TV.

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I couldn't get into the movie, but I didn't find it terrible. I'm not upset that I watched it, but I'm also not raising my hand to watch it again. I suppose it's a good option for any fan of Insidious and if there is absolutely nothing else better to watch on TV.
Fright Nerd Score40

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REVIEW: Velvet Buzzsaw

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Netflix recently dropped a promising looking horror/thriller with a star-studded cast called ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ which, according to The Sun, was based on a true story…of sorts.

The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, John Malkovich, Zawe Ashton, Toni Collette, Rene Russo, and Natalie Dyer and while it starts off slow, it evolves into a more sinister movie.

According to the synopsis: “After paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.”

Gyllenhaal excels in his role of art critic Morf Vandewalt and the support of performances from his fellow cast mates make this movie watchable, at the very least.

Unfortunately, it takes far too long to get to any real meaty parts, leaving the overall movie kind of hollow.

However, there are enough visually-appealing scenes that will hold your interest to the very end, even if the plot doesn’t do enough to reel you in.

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Gyllenhaal excels in his role of art critic Morf Vandewalt and the support of performances from his fellow cast mates make this movie watchable, at the very least.
Fright Nerd Score54.5
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REVIEW: Lizzie

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We all know the age-old rhyme; “Lizzie Borden took an axe…”, you know how it goes, but the story is always the same from rhymes, to songs, to films and so on.

Which is why ‘Lizzie’ was so refreshing, because it took a new approach at telling the legendary murder “mystery” story of Lizzie Borden and the murder of her father, and step-mother.

‘Lizzie’ which stars Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart, and produced by Sevigny, Elizabeth Destro, and Naomi Despres, takes a different approach at telling the story of the infamous murders.

” In 1892 Lizzie Borden lives a quiet life in Massachusetts under the strict rules established by her father. Lizzie finds a kindred spirit in the live-in maid, Bridget, and friendship soon blossoms into a secret romance. But tension mounts in the Borden household, leading to a violent breaking point.”

The movie is well paced, with plenty of tense moments and the proper build up to lay the foundation of motive for the murders, but brilliantly opening up the possibility that someone other than Lizzie committed the crime.

Sevigny shines as Lizzie, and her stoic approach with hints of mental illness capture the audience. Her tense relationship with her parents is beautifully rolled out.

Stewart also nails a homerun with her portrayal of Bridget Sullivan, and her budding friendship that developed with Lizzie that spiraled out of control, of sorts.

Lizzie is the perfect re-telling of the 1892 murders, if you’re looking for a fresh take, and packs plenty of emotion, foreshadowing, and pacing to present a refreshing take on one of America’s greatest, real-life, murder stories.

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Lizzie is the perfect re-telling of the 1892 murders, if you're looking for a fresh take, and packs plenty of emotion, foreshadowing, and pacing to present a refreshing take on one of America's greatest, real-life, murder stories.
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REVIEW: The Dark

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I had been waiting quite some time to check out Justin P. Lange and Klemens Hufnagl’s ‘The Dark’, and I finally got my chance to do it this past weekend.

‘The Dark’ tells the story of “A murderous, undead girl haunts the remote stretch of woods where she was killed decades earlier. One night she discovers a blind boy hiding in the trunk of one of her victim’s cars. Her decision to let the boy live throws her solitary existence into upheaval, and ultimately forces her to re-examine just how much of her humanity her murderer was able to destroy.

Nadia Alexander stars a Mina, a half-dead/undead girl who is feasting on victims in an abandoned house in the woods.

Mina has “survived” by feasting on the flesh of those she traps, and she has trapped wanted criminal Josef (Karl Markovics) who is on the run from the law for the abduction of a boy, Alex (Toby Nichols).

After Mina murders Josef, she comes across Alex,who is blind from his eyes being burned shut by Josef, and is amazingly good spirits, lacking any hate for Josef.

Mina and Alex slowly build a bond, as they both flee the law, and Mina’s mercy on his life has led her to now be her caretaker.

The movie hits a lot of elements out of the park, including the tragic story of Mina’s passing, and it delivers one of the better takes on a “zombie” film that I have seen in 2018, with strong cast performances, and proper pacing.

The only issue I had with the film is Mina, and the unknown about what she is. Is she dead? Alive? Undead? Half dead? That question lingers even after the credits roll, but it doesn’t anchor the movie down.

All in all, a strong film that has depth and emotion, that is worth a watch, again and again.

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The movie hits a lot of elements out of the park, including the tragic story of Mina's passing, and it delivers one of the better takes on a "zombie" film that I have seen in 2018, with strong cast performances, and proper pacing.
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