Review: THE CONJURING 2 (2016)

James Wan directs THE CONJURING 2, a sequel to 2013’s THE CONJURING. This 2016 horror outing features a by-committee screenplay and is based on the so-called Enfield poltergeist, a paranormal case from Britain in the late 1970s. Wan does well to generate the flavour of the era, although some of the cues are a little […]

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Review: BEFORE I WAKE (2016)

Mike Flanagan continues to strand his interest in family horror with BEFORE I WAKE, a picture that has some good ideas but labours under cumbersome execution. The screenplay is by Flanagan and Jeff Howard, who collaborated on 2016’s OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL and 2013’s OCULUS. As with those pictures, BEFORE I WAKE contends with a […]

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Review: RINGS (2017)

F. Javier Gutiérrez’s RINGS is the third entry in the American variety of THE RING series, which began in 2002 with a jaunt by Gore Verbinski. That film was based on RING from 1998, a characteristic J-horror flick directed by Hideo Nakata and based on a novel by Kôji Suzuki. Gutiérrez’s RINGS is a great deal […]

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