I'm more obsessed with the 30's-50's era of New York, but it can't be denied that the 70's LA aesthetic is certainly an enjoyable coating for a film. Probably the last era that could be looked at favorably there, even with all of the...wait for it....inherent vices. (See what I did there?) Even better is a return of Shane Black's filmmaking voice after a truly moronic Iron Man 3. And if the creation of that slog is what gives provides…
The biggest joke in the whole film is the standing ovation the first film gets at a screening. Talk about stretching credibility.
The first film was a clusterfuck of horrid acting, tired story, and a final moment that is hysterically ridiculous. This time the acting's slightly better, but the story's still tired as fuck, only now in a different subgenre and no longer found footage. Which creates no excuses for the horrible look of the film.
October Horror Challenge 2014 Movie #50
I don't understand how hard it is to come across a movie that truly captures a haunted house atmosphere, especially when the good ones like this make it feel so effortless. This is truly haunting at times, even as it works in a familiar genre wraparound. The sense of horror is handled the right way, with things being shown to us but never being overexplained, leaving the mystery of it to play in the…