Friday, January 18, 2013


For a while now it's been my philosophy that most horror movies suck.  It's unfortunate, but it's true.  But what I don't understand, given that, is why so many well respected actors are drawn to them.  In the last year alone we saw Daniel Radcliffe, Ethan Hawke, Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Olsen, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Kyra Sedgwick all dip their toes in the horror pond, with results ranging from mediocre to sub-par.  And we can now add Oscar nominee (and likely near-future Oscar winner) Jessica Chastain to the pile.  And while this movie isn't terrible, I can't understand what attracted Chastain and producer Guillermo del Toro to the project.  It's just your standard horror film, with a creepy ghost, some creepy little girls, a lot of creepy whispering, and plenty of creepy jolts to make sure you don't sleep well at night.  But it lacks anything original that makes you feel like you didn't just waste the last hour and 40 minutes.  Of course, one could do worse than have to look at Jessica Chastain, even if she isn't sporting her trademark flowing red locks.  So that's a plus.  Just please don't make 'Dada'.  I'm begging.
Grade: C+

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