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.
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.
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’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 feel like stumbling upon this series was so random but I watched Willard so I’d be ready to watch the sequel Ben, because that’s me! Much like the Ben in Willard, I’m also a greasy, basement dwelling rat.
The movie is totally fun and completely retarded. Actually, I take that back, it’s like 64% retarded. Everything is somewhat campy and just the overall premise is a bit silly.
Don’t get me wrong, I fully recommend this but as an actual, quality film…eh.
One of the most brutal death scenes in any film, period.
One thing I wasn’t particularly fond of though was the pacing, when nothing is happening it tends to be pretty fucking boring. I don’t think anyone ever mentions that but I was really struggling to stay engaged at certain points.
It’s a good movie but a bit overrated in the community.
This is currently streaming on Amazon Prime video for free and probably to rent but I swear I just stumbled upon it randomly. Initially, it kind of plunges into the usual, cliche, supernatural film but eventually evolves into so much more.
With these low-budget movies, my complaints usually run so rampant that I just pick the most important ones. I really have only one complaint with this one though and that’s your classic, unnecessary exposition scene. I kept that complaint warming in the oven until the end, figuring it may have had its place but that’s not the case. In fact, the film would have actually been improved without it.
The main actor himself his really charismatic and likable. That’s just so fucking unusual to find in a low-budget film and something we take for granted from experienced cast members.
Anyways, I’m not going to give anything away. I just wanted to put the word out there that this is a really fucking good take on a common horror premise and I enjoyed it quite a bit. The writer/director/actor Zachary Beckler has a promising future in the film industry.
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