(1964) Kwaidan

Early Japanese horror films always seem to have this in common but Kwaidan is some of the most aesthetically pleasing films I’ve seen from this era. Everything from the set designs to the incredible light, it’s all wonderful.

This is an anthology but rather than dissect each segment I’d rather just speak on the film as a whole. All four stories really encapsulate a sort of morbid beauty and tend to compliment on another over the course of the three-hour long movie.

I love all four stories but the first one, Black Hair, is the strongest I believe. It’s actually very creepy which I rarely get from older films.

Definitely check this one out if my description sparked even the smallest amount of curiosity.



(2018) Insidious: The Last Key

That sort of panned out shot showing Elise’s childhood home next to the prison was downright menacing. I actually really enjoyed this film, despite not quite living up to Wan’s work. I guess it takes Wan to know Wan…hah…

They really have Elise pushing the narrative in this film and I found some of her dialogue to be pretty corny at times. All the exposition was way too in your face and that’s where I felt the quality really dip.

I loved the creature design though and the injection of the more human aspects of evil was a nice touch. I felt that it was a fairly tense ride that paid off in the end. It also happens to tie into the series timeline quite well.

I liked it.


(2015) Insidious: Chapter 3

There’s a lot I love about this entry but there’s also a somewhat unappreciated silliness to it. I think it’s definitely the worst of the first three entries and I’d be surprised to hear anyone else think differently.

The film does a good job at putting the spotlight on Elise but the most important sequences for her characters development, also felt the cheesiest. There were several moments that reminded me of the ridiculousness of some of the later A¬†Nightmare on Elm Street¬†sequels. I’m also surprised it took me so long to mention that movie in regards to this franchise because “the further” really reminds me of Freddy’s dream world.

I also didn’t really appreciate the injection of modern teen tropes, the taking pictures of food, video chatting and really anything involving the social aspect of technology. I have no reasoning behind that, it’s just something that never sits well with me, maybe because it seems forced to appease a younger audience.

It’s a pretty good sequel but it has its issues.


Insidious: Chapter 2

This sequel is so interwoven with the first film that it’s difficult to picture it just being an afterthought for James Wan. Either way though, hats off to the man because it’s a great sequel and throughly entertaining.

Sound and visuals are really the only thing I wanted to express here. The film really looks fantastic and as the more of the lore is unveiled, we get to see a ton more footage from “the further”. Accompanying all the great visuals is just top notch sound. All the creeks, cracks and clicks are so pronounced; they really got under my skin.

I dig it, maybe you will too.



(2010) Insidious

This movie is just plain scary. James Wan is a special breed and his style and aesthetic can be felt a mile away. Not to mention, Patrick Wilson is slowly becoming the face of modern horror.

I fucking love Insidious. No bullshit, at times it reminded me of The Sinners of Hell (Jigoku). Obviously it’s super modern and way past all that shit but yeah, very dark and in your face.

It’s a pretty fucking great horror film and a prime example of why jump scares aren’t cheap.


(2003) Willard

The saga of Willard and Ben finally gets the treatment it deserves with Willard. It’s darkly whimsical, fluid, and engaging. Not to mention, a legendary performance by Crispin Glover.

It also just looks fantastic. The production is super tight and the memorably impressive visuals, inspired by the original, are elevated tenfold.

I loved it, fantastic film and I’m just in disbelief with Crispin Glover. He fucking killed this role.


(1972) Ben

I’m OBSESSED. I mean sure, the movie totally sucks but again, just like Willard, it’s also awesome.

The first thing I have to mention is just how fucking ridiculous this little kid is. Just the scenes where he’s singing are worth the watch alone. It’s truthfully not a terrible performance from a child actor but again, it’s also the worst performance of all time.

Oh my god, the “Ben’s Song” by Michael Jackson. I actually seized up when it started playing.

I love it.