Release Date: June 5th.
Written by: Leigh Whannell.
Directed by: Leigh Whannell.
Starring: Lin Shaye, Stefanie Scott, and Dermot Mulroney.
It's about time that Leigh Whannell directed a movie.
It's hard for us to believe that with all of the great Horror properties that he's had a hand in in creating over the past decade or so (he wrote Saw 1-3 (produced 2-7), Dead Silence, all of the Insidious movies, & Cooties) that this is his first time behind the camera.
|WE ALL KNOW WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT GOOD INTENTIONS...|
|SHE SHOULD HAVE STAYED ON THE SIDELINES.|
A most welcome sense of familiarity ensues.
Whannell does a god job with this movie, especially considering that this was his first time directing the action in something that he created. He's no James Wan (at least not yet), but you can see that he has a solid grasp on what makes a Horror movie effective, and he certainly knows how to scare his audience. The entire sequence where The Man Who Can't Breathe shows up in Quinn's room (and proceeds to try to kill her) was masterfully done, and had us on the edge of our seats. I'm sure he'll direct again, and that is a good thing.
As likable as Quinn was, and as good of a job as Stefanie Scott did playing her, this movie belonged to Lin Shaye's Elise. Shaye has had a very long career as a character actress, and it was great to see her get to play the lead role in a movie for a change. For those of you who may not know, Lin Shaye is Hollywood royalty of sorts; she's the younger sister of Robert Shaye (the guy who founded New Line Cinema.) In some small way though, she will always be the creepy landlady from Kingpin to us.
|THIS FRIGGING SCENE...|
It would have also been nice to get a little bit of background on The Man Who Can't Breathe, like he was a Serial Killer or Child Molester or something? Because that would have made him a bit creepier.
|NOW HE WANTS TO PLAY PATTY CAKE? WHAT THE HELL IS WITH THIS GUY!|
|THIS IS WHAT YOU GET!|
Leigh Whannell is pretty good at the whole directing thing.
|ROOFUS KNEW WHAT WAS IN THE CLOSET, BUT DID ANYONE LISTEN TO HIM? NO. NO THEY DIDN'T.|
Insidious: Chapter 3 is in theaters now.
Disney Princess Stefanie Scott is in this.