The Specters of Product Placement
Didn't hate it, but it's still nothing to write home about. The movie's fine, maybe even great, if you like Saturday Night Live skits or NBC sitcoms. But I haven't been able to tolerate either of those for a couple of decades now, so I mostly just sat there stone-faced for the most part. The only times I laughed that I can recall were with Chris Hemsworth's dumb shit or the anti-Irish security fence…
The first half of the film really had me. Opening with stark contrast photography of the NYC skylines with music not out of place of Suspiria is supremely effective. Then the building atmosphere and fantastic performance by Lauren Ashley Carter kept me motivated, but after a bit it becomes apparent that it's following pretty closely to Repulsion without a ton being added to it, losing me more as it went on. But still the atmosphere was strong, leaving a couple of haunting questions afterwards, and the entire thing is beautifully shot.
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…