Patrick Wilson Returning to Star in and Direct “Insidious 5” – Releasing July 2023

After years of rumors, it’s actually happening! It’s been 4 years since we traveled to The Further, and nearly a decade since we last heard from the Lambert family.  But Sony Pictures just announced that on July 7, 2023 all will be returning with the release of Insidious 5! Thus far we know that Patrick Wilson and Ty Simpkins will be returning as Josh and … Continue reading Patrick Wilson Returning to Star in and Direct “Insidious 5” – Releasing July 2023

“Dead Silence” 15 Years Later: The Right Movie at the Wrong Time

When it comes to popular horror franchises of the last two decades, it’s hard to think of two people more iconic that Leigh Whannell and James Wan.  With Whannell screenwriting, and Wan directing, they spawned the “torture-porn” era with Saw in 2004, and then revolutionized horror again with Insidious in 2011. Even after they both went off on their own, Wan helped create the Conjuring … Continue reading “Dead Silence” 15 Years Later: The Right Movie at the Wrong Time

Ranking the Entire Conjuring Universe

Spanning 8 years and 8 movies, The Conjuring Universe has demonstrated what Universal’s Dark Universe could have been.  Starting as a just a standalone movie, the franchise organically grew between sequels and spinoffs to the point that each movie does a great job of standing on its own, while giving dedicated fans tons of references and Easter Eggs to connect the dots with. All of … Continue reading Ranking the Entire Conjuring Universe

How Leigh Whannell and James Wan Changed Horror (Twice)

Most writers and directors could only dream of making a movie that’s so popular and has such an impact so as to create a shift in the genre itself. George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead led to the birth of the zombie subgenre,  John Carpenter’s Halloween lead to the slasher boom of the 80’s, and Wes Craven’s Scream led to slashers going full … Continue reading How Leigh Whannell and James Wan Changed Horror (Twice)

“Insidious” vs. “Sinister” vs. “The Conjuring”

The 2010’s saw a shift in horror as far as popular trends go. Ultra-violent “torture porn” like Saw and Hostel had dominated the 2000’s, but as the 2010’s dawned demonic/paranormal horror movies became the popular norm. One could argue it began with Paranormal Activity in 2009. And while it was definitely a paranormal film (it’s even in the title), it was a bigger inspiration in … Continue reading “Insidious” vs. “Sinister” vs. “The Conjuring”

Why “Saw” is the Most Unique Horror Franchise

There’s a common trend among many slasher franchises. They’ll begin with a horror classic that fans love to this day, and then the studio will pump out sequel after sequel, which will usually diminish in quality. And before you know, it leads to ridiculously laughable plots like Jason in space (Jason X), Michael Myers fighting a rapper on a reality web show (Halloween: Resurrection), and … Continue reading Why “Saw” is the Most Unique Horror Franchise

Hannibal vs. Jigsaw: Who’s the Ultimate Horror Mastermind?

Horror villains come in many shapes, sizes, styles.  From the wisecracking serial killers like Chucky and Freddy Krueger, to the strong silent slashers like Michael Myers, Jason Vorhees, and Leatherface, to the demonic forces of nature like Pinhead, Pazuzu, and the devil himself. But when it comes to the most intelligent and intellectual villains, there are a distinct two that come to mind.  One is … Continue reading Hannibal vs. Jigsaw: Who’s the Ultimate Horror Mastermind?

Ranking Every Leigh Whannell Movie (including Invisible Man)

With The Invisible Man becoming the first true horror hit of 2020 (with an opening weekend gross of $29 million against a $7 million budget), it seems that writer/director Leigh Whannell is finally going full mainstream. Both the commercial and critical acclaim of the aforementioned film have demonstrated that.  But for true horror fans, Leigh Whannell has been a household name for over 15 years.  … Continue reading Ranking Every Leigh Whannell Movie (including Invisible Man)

“Annabelle Comes Home” Movie Review

2019, R, Directed by Gary Dauberman, Warner Brothers/New Line Cinema, 106 minutes Nobody ever expected something as simple as the Annabelle doll would be getting an entire trilogy of films, but here we are.  Initially, it seemed like nothing more than desperate cash grab by Warner Brothers, which was still completely true. But in a strange turn of events, each entry in the spinoff series … Continue reading “Annabelle Comes Home” Movie Review