I quite enjoyed this film the first time around and after telling someone at work about it, I decided it was high time to revisit this elongated Twilight Zone episode. On second viewing, the structure doesn't quite hold up as well with the flashbacks feeling forced and the characters feeling a bit muddled in their arcs. However, I love the general vagueness of the script, the continued subtle effort to convince the audience that all shadows carry something in them,…
With the success of The Conjuring, it wasn't all that shocking that a spin off/prequel would be coming on the fast track. Just over a year later though, Annabelle hit theaters...and it shockingly doesn't suck. It's obvious that the director desperately tries to mimic Wan's atmospheric, long take style here (why not? It's awesome) and the film does an admirable job building up a small group of characters for us to actually care about.
In a weird way, Annabelle sort…
It has been a while since I visited The Hunted (probably since it first dropped on home video), but I had an itch to revist the film today and I have to say it's much better than I remember. The pacing is phenomenally well done and Friedkin ably blends the basic First Blood thriller concept with just enough subtle depth that it comes off as thoughtful and entertaining.
Being fully honest, this film could have been a hell of a lot worse. The action is surprisingly competent and it moves at such a fast pace it's not like one gets a lot of time to really pick at the story and character issues that definitely plague the script. It's hit or miss there for sure as it utterly misses a lot of the Japanese themes and concepts of martial arts, but I wasn't expecting much.
In fact, on…