Horror has been in a bit of a drought this year but this weekend has the release of 4 horror films that are getting decent and mostly positive reviews. While the Poltergeist remake didn't quite hit the mark, maybe one of these will be a summer hit. Also, the modest hit "It Follows" is also still playing in theatres as well.
Insidious: Chapter 3
Plot: The new chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.
General Consensus: Chapter 3 isn't as terrifying as the original, although it boasts surprising thematic depth and is enlivened by another fine performance from Lin Shaye.
Plot: New York City newlyweds Jude and Mina have a seemingly perfect relationship. But things take an unsettling turn with the birth of their son. Convinced that the baby must be kept free of all contaminants, Mina develops fanatical obsessions with veganism, cleanliness, and purity that may kill the child unless Jude can stop her. This intense psychological drama suggests that sometimes a parent's love can be the scariest thing of all.
General Consensus: Slow emotional psychological thriller that's worth a watch.
Plot: A documentary-horror film exploring the phenomenon of 'Sleep Paralysis' through the eyes of eight very different people. These people often find themselves trapped between the sleeping and waking worlds, totally unable to move but aware of their surroundings while being subject to frequently disturbing sights and sounds. A strange element to these visions is that despite the fact that they know nothing of one another, many see similar ghostly 'shadow men.' This is one of many reasons many people insist this is more than just a sleep disorder. This documentary digs deep into not only the particulars of these eight people's uncanny experiences, but it also explores their search to understand what they've gone through and how it's changed their lives.
General Consensus: Getting very good reviews. Part documentary, part thriller, The Nightmare works just well enough in both respects to deliver a uniquely disturbing viewing experience.
We Are Still Here
Plot: In the cold, wintery fields of New England, a lonely old house wakes up every thirty years - and demands a sacrifice.
General Consensus: Haunted House film done right.