“Unsane” movie review

Plot:

Sawyer Valentini relocates from Boston to Pennsylvania to escape from the man who’s been stalking her for the last two years. While consulting with a therapist, Valentini unwittingly signs in for a voluntary 24-hour commitment to the Highland Creek Behavioral Center. Her stay at the facility soon gets extended when doctors and nurses begin to question her sanity. Sawyer now believes that one of the staffers is her stalker — and she’ll do whatever it takes to stay alive and fight her way out.

Review:

While doing my research about this film, I found out that this whole film was filmed on a iPhone, and while watching the movie, you can definitely tell that’s the case, but I felt like that worked in the movie’s benefit. There’s a lot of shots that are close and personal making it almost feel like you’re with the characters. There’s also a lot of really cool editing that plays with your sanity, making you question your own well being while watching the film. All those were done well, but everything kinda fell apart for me towards the end of the film. I know what they were going for, but I don’t really think they succeeded with their intent, which is a bummer since it was a fairly decent film until the final ten minutes.

Grade:

I’m going to give “Unsane” a 7/10 or a C.

I definitely feel like it should be seen at least once in the theater, but I wouldn’t go out of your way to see it, especially since I know that’s it’s not a film for everyone.

The Strangers 2: Prey At Night

Plot:

Mike and his wife Cindy take their son and daughter on a road trip that becomes their worst nightmare. The family members soon find themselves in a desperate fight for survival when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park that’s mysteriously deserted — until three masked psychopaths show up to satisfy their thirst for blood.

Review:

As a fan of the first ‘The Strangers’ film I was highly disappointed by this film. It’s been 10 years since the original came out and I feel like this was a bit of a step back. The main characters are lifeless and unlikable, there’s barely any tension, and there’s some weird shots of scenes that go on way too long. For example, the camera focuses on a mailbox with a smiley face on it for about 10 to 15 seconds, which would’ve been fine for about 5 seconds. Another issue I had is the fact that it shows the killers in the background too much where it would’ve cool a few times, but it’s overdone. Like I said, I’m really disappointed. Oh, and to top it off, that ending was so horrible I audible shouted “Wait, what?!” I was so baffled that they ended the film that horribly.

Grade:

You’re better off just watching the 2008 ‘The Strangers’ film, because this really wasn’t necessary.

I’m giving ‘The Strangers 2: Prey At Night’ a 6/10 or a D

Winchester

Plot:

In 1906 Sarah Winchester, the heiress of the Winchester repeated arms company builds a house with rooms that have no apparent rhyme or reason to them other than to keep the spirits that were killed by the Winchester rifle at bay. A doctor is sent to the Winchester mansion to check on the sanity of Sarah Winchester to see if there really are ghosts, or if she’s gone insane.

Review:

Y’all know I’m a huge horror movie fan, and there’s nothing I like better than a really good scary movie….. which is why it pains me to have to review the movie like this. I have to be honest, because it would be a disservice to me and all of you not to say how I really feel about this movie.

This film is really boring, it took all my willpower not to fall asleep during this film. All the ‘scary’ scenes are nothing more than jumpscares that are just lazy in my opinion. I’ve seen a hotel room be scary and effective (1408), how they dropped the ball with the ultimate spook house like The Winchester Mansion is beyond me. But the ultimate crime this movie commits is throwing a plot twist near the end which I felt was unnecessary, besides the fact that the directors also did ‘Jigsaw’ but in that movie I understood why it was thrown in… not this one.

This movie really let me down y’all.

Grade:

I hate to do this, but I’m giving “Winchester” a 5/10 or an F. It’s the first F I’ve given and I’m sure it won’t be the last (*cough* 50 Shades *cough*)

Insidious: The Last Key

Insidious: The Last Key is the fourth entry in the Insidious franchise and is a prequel in the Insidious storyline, but a sequel to Insidious part 3 (The timeline is a bit confusing)

In this entry to the series, Elise gets assigned to an investigation that’s in Elise’s childhood home- but little does Elise know that the entity that lives in her house is the same spirit that she released as a kid.

Review:

I thought some of jumpscares were effective, I thought the backstory of Elise was heartfelt, and I really liked the design of the new demon named Keyface.

That’s all the positive things I can say about this film, and I felt like this movie is the weakest in the franchise. I wasn’t a fan of the comic-relief sidekick characters, and I didn’t really understand the motivation behind Keyface (and I was disappointed we didn’t get a backstory to the demon.)

The small connections to the first movie was pretty cool, but there’s still some unanswered questions that this movie leaves, and I’m not sure if we’re gonna be getting another movie to answer them.

Grade:

So with all that being said, I’m gonna give this movie a 6/10 or a D