Invitation to Ignore: THE OPEN HOUSE (2018) Review

A mother and son move into a house the mom’s sister is putting on the market. While they live there, strange occurrences begin to happen and the son starts to think people are lurking around the house, all the while they encounter several odd locals.

This one of the most pointless and unsatisfying movies I’ve seen in a long time. There is literally no point to it. Some parts are creepy, but they’ve been done way better in other films. But for the most part it’s pretty boring and repetitive. All of this leads up to an extremely unsatisfying and infuriating ending. Not only isn’t there anything revealed, the who’s, the how’s, and why’s, but it also leaves an extremely bad taste by the time credits roll. I’m all for unhappy or unconventional endings, but that’s only if they’re warranted. This ending isn’t warranted at all. This is also in relation to the fact that nothing is revealed. Why this family? Who is doing it? None of this is revealed. I should also mention that yes, no motives sometimes make it the scariest, but when you’re watching a movie that really focusing on these two characters and adding in their melodrama and introducing all of the other weird characters, you would expect some kind of clues as to why this is all happening. We don’t get any of that whatsoever. The only pros for this movie is that it is actually really well-filmed, and the acting pretty decent, especially from Dylan Minnette. Even if the melodrama was groan-worthy, the performances by Dylan and Piercey Dalton who plays his mother are engaging enough. But even their whole storyline felt contrived. I guess one other aspect I enjoyed was the overall location. The house made for a great setting and was used to advantage in several scenes.

I can’t stress enough how much I don’t recommend this movie. It’s boring, pointless, unsatisfying, and extremely frustrating despite being well-filmed, a nice setting, and decent performances.

–Cody Landman

Family Bonding: MOM AND DAD (2018) Review

Parents in a small town suddenly turn on their children and start killing them. Carly and Josh eventually find themselves trapped in their house with their crazed parents and must now fight back against them.

This is a film that might discourage many due to the subject matter. But for those who enjoy some good dark humor/horror will enjoy this film. Granted there are some parts that might put at a little unease, it kind of adds to the intensity. The reason for the parents going crazy isn’t revealed, but it plays with certain ideas involving parents just getting fed up with their kids and instead sarcastically saying they’re going to kill them, they actually do it. It’s a weird blend of almost zombie and slasher horror. The parents don’t act like zombies, but there’s one big sequence where it’s filmed like a zombie film involving a big group of parents outside the local high school. And along with that there are a few chase scenes that play out like slasher chase scenes. One sequence in particular towards the end involving a grandfather, father, and son as well as mother-in-law, mother, and daughter is just a blast to watch. What brings the most fun to this film is just how over-the-top it is, especially from the performances. Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair as the lead parents are fantastic and are clearly having a blast in their roles and easily deliver one of their best performances. The whole cast does a great job. Unfortunately it’s not without its flaws. It definitely could have had more development of the family before the events began. We get some flashbacks as the events unfold, but I feel it wasn’t enough to really service the family and make you hope for a positive outcome. And most of all, the very end is frustrating as hell, there’s no real payoff or major showdown between the kids and parents, it just abruptly ends. And when it ends, you feel like there should be at least another fifteen minutes. I apologize if that may come off as too big of a spoiler, but it has to be said.

Despite the disappointing ending and some underdevelopment, it’s still a fun comedy-horror that I would recommend, even just for Cage and Blair’s performances alone.

–Cody Landman

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Redundant Remake: INSIDE (2018) Review

The remake of the French classic horror film revolves around the pregnant Sarah, who recently lost her husband (and her hearing) in a car crash. One stormy night, a woman breaks into Sarah’s home and attacks her, she narrowly escapes and hides out in her bathroom. As bodies begin to pile up, Sarah must now fight back as she discovers what the woman is after.

Understandably, most people slammed this remake from the start. The original film is a bloody and brutal foreign horror film classic. People hated the remake of Martrys (I honestly enjoyed it), so I thought I could very well enjoy this remake too. I love Rachel Nichols who plays Sara, and Laura Harring as the woman was fantastic in Mulholland Drive. So to see Harring as the villain had potential to be great. Sadly, even these actresses couldn’t save the movie. Unfortunately, I honestly didn’t find these normally solid actresses all that good, in fact, their performances I found were really weak, especially Nichols. There were very few good things about this movie, one being that it was very well-filmed, and the other was the nice touch of making Sarah deaf, but at the same time they didn’t do as much with that aspect as they could have.

As far as the movie goes, they hardcore downgraded this into a super dramatic Lifetime movie that was nowhere close to brutal. There wasn’t much tension or thrills either. Needless to say, they really played this movie safe to where it was almost nothing like Inside. And then you have the ending that is so laughably cheesy, bad, and unrealistic. To be fair though, they make Sarah at least semi-likable in this movie, whereas I wasn’t too fond of her in the original, she was a strong enough lead, but I think that she was kind of downgraded due to Nichols’ performance. Which is so baffling because she played an excellent lead in P2 and her performance was great in that.

I definitely can’t recommend this movie. The acting is weak, it’s pretty boring, and the final act and ending is just ridiculous. If you hated the remake of Martyrs, you’ll hate this one even more. If you’re curious, wait for Netflix, but other than, stay away.

–Cody Landman

Pushing Further: INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY (2018) Review

The 4th entry in the horror franchise follows Elise between Insidious 3 and the original film. She get a phone call from a man saying his home is being haunted. She then discovers that the house he is now living in is the same home from her troubled childhood. While at first hesitant to return, Elise faces the demon that plagued her as a young girl.

Lin Shaye returns as the psychic Elise. And she is better than ever. The story gives us more insight into Elise’s past when she was just discovering her abilities, as well as the abuse she succumbed by her father. While her background isn’t exactly needed, it does serve as a way to make the story focus more on the fan-favorite Elise, as opposed to focusing on another haunted family. Shaye provides her best performance of the series, and quite possibly one of the best of her career. We’ve seen Elise’s bad ass and comedic side, as well as her compassionate side. But here we see a much more personal, afraid, and emotional side that really rounds her character even more. For the first half of the film it does play out like a by-the-numbers supernatural film, but around the halfway point it throws us a couple of nice plot twists that help change the story up into something we haven’t seen in the series before.

In a way, this film works much better as a dramatic suspense film as opposed to a horror. It’s very atmospheric, well-filmed, and the set design is great, but there isn’t much suspense, and even the jump scares are half-assed. And in some ways, the script can be very rushed and undeveloped in some places. There are characters that deserved to be much more developed instead of being used as mere plot devices in order to push the story along. While this entry does try to do something different with its plot, and for the most part it works, it doesn’t do anything particularly special or needed to the series. I really do hope that this is in fact the final film in the franchise, it perfectly wraps up Elise’s story, and let’s be real, we don’t want to see an Insidious film without Lin Shaye’s character at the center of it all. It implies that a new character may carry on the torch from Elise (as you know her character dies), but I feel like that will only make these films go completely downhill. But like the previous films, I think this entry’s biggest flaws are the characters of Specks and Tucker. Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson’s performances are fine, but the characters themselves still remain two of the most annoying characters to exist in horror. There isn’t anything funny about them or their lines. They’re just cringe-worthy more than anything, and it’s even worse in this film.

If you’re a big fan of the Insidious films, chances are you’ll really enjoy this one. If you’re on the fence about this one, or just don’t care, you’ll probably want to pass, because it won’t change anything for you. It’s not the worst film in the franchise (that goes to Chapter 2 for me), and it doesn’t rank up there with 1 or even 3 (which I really enjoyed), but it has its own special place in the middle.


–Cody Landman

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The Worst Horror Movies of 2017

The Gracefield Incident
While this film does have some great scenery, it’s extremely boring with nothing happening until towards the end (where you don’t even see anything), the characters aren’t worth carrying about, the acting is bad, and the ending is extremely lackluster in how it tries to teach a heartfelt lesson.

Amitvyille: Awakening
I tried to give this movie the benefit of the doubt, but I was very wrong. This movie is terrible in so many ways, down to the script, the acting, the scares, music, characters, etc. The moments of self-awareness is about all I’d give it for the aspects I like. And initially it seemed like this would be so bad it’s good, but it ultimately just becomes plain bad. I feel so bad for Jennifer Jason Leigh, and especially Jennifer Morrison in the most thankless role I’ve seen in a while (I’m serious when I say I think she owed someone a favor).

Leatherface
This one is just a pointless prequel with no real suspense, and feels nothing like a Texas Chainsaw Massacre film. Instead it appears as a younger version of The Devil’s Rejects. More than anything, this movie only seeks to try be gross and sadistic above anything else. The acting is fine, that’s all I can say about it, but unlike the prequel to the remake (which I didn’t mind), it at least tries to be a good film and gives us character to care about and root for. This one just doesn’t do anything to push the story as a prequel, and it’s very clear it’s pointless to care about the final girl. It’s just a terrible script that makes Texas Chainsaw 3D look good.

Jeepers Creepers 3
Yet another film that suffers from a terrible script. But more than anything, like Leatherface, this is just a pointless film. It revolves around the characters figuring out the Creeper’s origins, and guess what, we don’t even find out what it is or even get some kind of clue. The characters are unbearable except for Meg Foster, Stan Shaw, and Brandon Smith (all providing fine performances). It’s the young cast that are the most expendable and do nothing for the plot. On top of that we have some of the most unintentional laughs, an extremely anti-climactic ending, and a final scene (before the real final scene) that makes no sense whatsoever. The real MVP of this movie though is the creepy BEATINGU truck that is character of itself, and a very welcoming one at that.

Rings
The first act of this film offers promise in that it introduces the cult following the death tape has and how it has suddenly become this twisted death game. I would have loved to have seen this throughout the film, but unfortunately it turns into a teen remake of the original, only it’s boring, uninteresting, and the lead female is terrible in character and performance.

Eloise
Despite a great cast and a creepy setting, this movie is boring, makes no sense, and is completely forgettable. As a matter of fact, I don’t remember anything about this movie other than it being boring and making no sense.

The Dark Tapes
In an attempt to try rank itself up there with V/H/S, this movie just fails. The segments are uninteresting and often laughable, though one segment did stand out more than others as its own take of Ghost Hunters. The wraparound story was good, but it was the most undeveloped of the segments. In general, the segments have nothing in common and don’t connect in any way. And what’s a bad movie without some bad acting?

Jigsaw
It’s not that Jigsaw is a terrible movie, but as a supposed reboot, it’s awful. This movie offers nothing new to the story, the traps are fine and good, as is the acting, but the script is just a complete rehash of the entire series, including some of the twists. And the final twist is just cringe-worthy in how pathetic of an attempt it is to try restart the series. In terms of gore, this is the most tame film in the series, we only get slight glimpses of gore, and that’s what this series is supposed to be known for.

Clowntergeist
I was having a blast with this film for how bad it was up until the mid-point when I felt it should have started to go somewhere, and it ultimately didn’t. By that point until the end, really nothing much happens and when things finally do happen, the movie is basically over. Along with that, the twist towards the end is just a letdown and kind of ruins any fun the film began with.

Friend Request
This was another film I was thought was going to be bad fun, but ultimately just became plain bad. Not only was it boring and uninteresting, but it took itself way too seriously. To be fair, it started out fine, but then once it become more of a supernatural/witchcraft film, that’s when it really started to go downhill. Had it focused more on being a fun supernatural slasher, it would have been a bit better. But at the same time you didn’t care about any of the characters because they were so uninteresting (and poorly acted). Then you get to the ending and that was just the cherry on top of its stupidity. It does have some great occasional imagery however.

–Cody Landman

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Cast & Crew Commentary
Filmmaker’s Commentary
Deleted Scenes
Cast & Crew Interviews
What’s Your Fear? Featurette
Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: The Making of Irrational Fear
Theatrical Trailer
Indie Horror Trailers
Photo Gallery
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DVD Artwork created by David GIron.

Our latest horror feature IRRATIONAL FEAR is now shipping on DVD. Pick up yours below available as a solo DVD or DVD with 11×17 IRRATIONAL FEAR poster. Get yours in time Christmas and spread the fear into 2018. Limited edition Blu-Ray copies will begin shipping next week.

KILLER BONUS FEATURES!

Cast & Crew Commentary
Filmmaker’s Commentary
Deleted Scenes
Cast & Crew Interviews
What’s Your Fear? Featurette
Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: The Making of Irrational Fear
Theatrical Trailer
Indie Horror Trailers
Photo Gallery


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