Now a lot of movie goers and even most horror fans shit on James Wan’s (“Saw,” “Insidious,” “The Conjuring”) second film simply because they thought it was “dumb” but I am here to tell you to it wasn’t and that the film has a lot going for it.
A widower returns to his hometown to search for answers to his wife’s murder, which may be linked to the ghost of a murdered ventriloquist.
What makes the movie interesting is that it’s essentially a R-rated 90 minute “Goosebumps” episode. That’s enough to get Generation Y interested in it. It also has a cool villain in Mary Shaw as well as wonderful and visually arresting direction and style very reminiscent of Italian horror director Mario Bava. There is spooky atmosphere, amazing production design and a perfect blend of fast-paced jump scares with slow creepy subtle scares. A perfect October horror film and a really under appreciated gem everyone including horror fans should give a second chance to. C’mon guys
-James J. Coker