Starring: Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann dowd, etc.
Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5
‘Hereditary’ is one hell of a spooky movie. No wonder it easily earned the now popular tag from viewers ‘Best Horror Movie’, even though I don’t know if it’s of the year or of all time. 😁
Even in its spookiness, Hereditary is very exciting to watch. It keeps you invested from start to finish and gets your mind working non-stop to make sense of every picture frame your eyes lets in, trying to decipher how it fits into the central mystery.
From the very first scene, the movie gives us our first dose of medicine – when it showed us the late grandmother’s ghost I thought we were in for a family ghost tale, one where the late matriach has come back for revenge for ills done against her in life, but that was just a misdirect, the first of many. And when I thought the brother would suffer from a tightened throat just like his late sister, I thought we finally had a pattern. It’s as though power distribution house A-24 has mastered the art of spotting gold fit for it’s market and is just having fun watching their films do well at the box-office.
Who would’ve thought a movie about a mother’s strained relationship with her son, probably because of same one with her mother, would make a good watch?
Hereditary did turn out to be a ghost tale, just not the kind we were made to believe at the start. It was about the demonic spirit of an ancient king (Paimon) returning to life to seize his kingdom once again. He manipulates a grieving mother into letting him into her home and uses the opportunity to lure and possess her son/only surviving child. Wicked. In typical horror fashion, all family members die and the evil entity reigns supreme. 👻
For its budget, the production quality was good – not flashy, but not totally lackluster. The ambiance is perfect for the kind of story it set out to tell leaving you at the edge of your seat for most of it’s duration.
The cast performance is beautiful. Toni Collette easily seen takes most of the praises for her performance as Annie. You could feel the pure grief of a mother who’s had to deal with two very important losses (her mother and daughter) within a short period of time and easily sympathize with her. In particular, that scene at the dinner table, when she exploded and told her son (Peter) and husband (Steve) she couldn’t forgive either of them because no one wants to admit what they’ve done that led them to that point, was raw… I felt it.
Hereditary is an interesting movie and if you’re still in doubts about seeing it, you’ve finally got an answer.
Quick notice #SpoilerAlert!!!😁.
And I have my 2018 movie review. 👏 👏 👏… Yeah, I know. Finally.
What I don’t really know is , how could I have been anticipating this movie? Maybe I projected my love for ’13 Reasons Why’ due to lead Dylan Minnette. 🤔. I really don’t know.
The movie starts like every other horror movie, it shows us the leads and tries to establish a mystery. At first, I could relate. Who wouldn’t? 🙄. A boy had lost his father, a wife her husband, both are plunged into poverty and try to cope. See. Everything is good until… Her own sister gives her accomodation at a place up for sale, filled with only weird people. Lord! 🤕.
After so much scare tactic, weakly employed, the person behind the many weird things happening in the house, phone disappearing and appearing, gas knob repeatedly going off during baths, and so on, turns out to be an ordinary man with a knack for stalking open houses.
This is a sad one. 😔. 😢. 😠. Normally, I’d say this bad outing would affect the rest of my 2018 movie experience, but with Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War on the horizon, such a vision cannot come to pass.
I’ve never really been a fan of the Saw franchise, but I decided to give ‘Jigsaw’ a chance and I didn’t regret it.
The movie started with a bang, which I want really feeling, but the energy was high enough to keep me invested. Then the bodies started to pile up, the mystery and the tension skyrocketed and all I could think was ‘who really is the killer?’ The original jigsaw or a copycat. The resolution was shocking, good for me.
Whoever loves blood and subtle gore would enjoy this mystery/crime drama.
Remember Chucky? That evil, man-killing dull. Yes. He’s back! And I’m super excited.
The trailer for the movie did everything a trailer should, kept me on my toe as I anticipate the movie’s arrival.
Taking a quote from one of the characters in the movie… “A true classic never goes out of style.” The movie seems to be about a cult in a mental hospital trying to reinstate Chucky’s reign, in the hearts and minds of her inmates.
At the beginning of the season, Klaus is boring and unbearable to watch and this is because he has a daughter.
Ha Ha Ha!! Scratch the above: I was just pulling your legs. We have a new Klaus and I’m loving him; he wouldn’t have been possible without Hope.
Episode 03 of The Originals’ 4th season dealt more on expanding on the new man Klaus has become in the face of his daughter. She’s his redemption, and as such, his Achilles heel. Worst thing is, I can’t imagine what sort of monster Klaus would morph into should anything happen to Hope; I don’t want to imagine it. But then, this kind of devotion makes you wonder what would happen with the series moving forward. If Klaus continues down this redemption path the series would become boring to watch. That’s why in episode 07, when Alaric Saltzman showed up and mentioned about his school for gifted children to Klaus, I was happy. That tiny scene provided the perfect destination should the threat of The Hollow come to an end. There’s no safer place for Klaus to drop his loving daughter off than at the school run by the one immortal girl Klaus has vowed to wait for no matter what; his epic love, Caroline.
So, while we rejoice that Klaus might have found his redemption, his anchor to humanity, do not worry about the series becoming boring because Hope will be shipped off once her mission is complete.
The Exorcist TV show is a sequel of the 1978 movie. It is well told, extremely captivating and entertaining in a neat horrific manner.
The story follows a young Reverend of a local parish, Father Thomas banding with a rebellious yet resilient Father Marcus to deliver a young girl possessed heavily by a demonic spirit.
I appreciate the manner with which the story proceeded. A well fleshed backstory to guide the lead characters of Thomas and Marcus, their motivations and all. Father Marcus is extrenely flawed, he could very well pass as a thug (should you stumble upon him), but all that is as a result of what he’s been through. Or better put, the exorcism that break him. Nineteen months before the series’ premise, Fr. Marcus carries out an exorcism without permission from the Papacy that led to the death of the possessed boy. The memory of that day taunt him up till now; same memory is what brings Fr. Thomas searching for him.
One family from the numerous in Fr. Thomas’ parish has something interesting happening with them. With a mother (Angela) barely keeping it together, a father recovering from brain injury, a daughter (Kathy) also recovering from an accident she had five months ago, and another daughter (Cassey) who’s bitchy and also possessed by a demon.
Casey’s the vessel the devil chooses to torment the earth with this time. A cheerful girl seeking for whom to befriend. The entire process started with her befriending an imaginary friend, an older man who showered her with love and attention. Even though Fr. Marcus’ expert intuition showed up on time, various actions and inactions causes things to go wrong and everyone out of time. When things got so heated, various secrets start to crawl back to the surface including that the demon after Casey used to be after Angela, her mother. Angela had to leave town and changed her identity after her mother used her experience to write a book for profit. Angela’s personal experience explains why she knew so much at the beginning of the series, why she was so convinced that her daughter was possessed by a demon.
Another interesting thing was that as all the actions were happening in the household of Casey, somewhere in the city of Chicago, a group of demons were killing people and harvesting their organs for a ritual to summon an entity, which turned out to very much be connected to the demon (The Captain) tormenting Casey’s family.
In all honesty, The Exorcist was a decent series, it did well for itself: at least it captivated me from start to finish and got me excited at the prospect of a second season because of loose ends (such as the origin of The Captain and his followers, Father Marcus’ past, Father Thomas’ desecration of his sacred vows, etc.)
The Exorcist returns on FOX sometime in the future.
After six seasons, multiple deaths, sensitization of awesome transformations (voguing) into beautiful Wesens (monsters), NBC’s Grimm has come to an end. It’s been one hell of a ride; like the saying that wine tastes better with age, so this also as its seasons went by – particularly during its 5th season run when the stakes were raised very high – the period when Adaline and Juliet swapped sides in the battle for their humanities.
So, the 6th and final season tidied a lot of story-lines that had been on for seasons – Nick’s heritage as a Grimm: the stick of unknown origin with unimaginable repair/healing powers he and Monroe discovered during the fifth season’s run. So great is the stick’s ability to heal that it caused a lot of the magic of Juliet’s transformation into Hexenbeast Eve to come undone. This new version is more like the Juliet we knew in the earlier seasons of Grimm, kind, caring, compassionate, but with the powers of a Hexenbeast; causing some sort of haphazard love triangle between her, Nick, and Adaline.
About the most stable couple in the Grimm universe – Monroe and Rosie – the final season was more than rosie for them. Rosie’s expecting triplet which is good news, but the amount of children coming at the same time scares Monroe… Haha! A proper family drama.
Diana has been at the center of a lot of happenings, especially with her freaky god-level powers. A statement from Nick’s mom, Kelly something in season 3, in the wrong hands Diana could be a weapon, while in the right hands she could be used to affect destiny. Diana’s powers are over the top, and as a child her age who scares all the adults she has great potentials that tied greatly into the ultimate big bad of the season/series.
Throughout the season I felt Renard was the personification of the wrong hand Kelly warned about, as every time Diana was with him (shared custody) something off always occurred. As a father he loves his daughter but choices made most times never reveal the best of intentions until it’s too late.
Hank and Wu are the perfect definition of side kicks. I liked the fact that Hank remained human till the end. The only problem I had with Wu’s character this season was the lack of proper utilization of his Wesen nature.
Now, to address the big bad of the season: a great evil, a monster that lives in the world behind the mirror – Zerstorer – This is Grimm’s version if the monster popularly known as the devil. I want to believe this has always been the producer’s dream, because of how much the final wrap makes sense story-wise. Okay! The final wrap:
Eve finds a way to pass through to the world behind the mirror using Hexenbeast’s blood magic. Nick soon follows behind using the magic of the stick, though the stick couldn’t pass through with him. It doesn’t take long for both to meet and figure out that the magical world is one where Wesens exists permanently in their beast form. Eve begins to transform involuntarily, and has to hide it from the human community they meet that finally directs them to where Zerstorer lives.
When they first arrived, Nick used the magic of the gun to kill Blutboads that attacked them, one escaped and announced their presence to Zestorer who wasted no time showing them the extent of his powers. Meanwhile, the squad brings Renard up to speed on all that’s been happening, and he in turn shares his Russian source who reveals a prophecy that States the devil is to take a bride he’s to make a thousand babies with. She believes Diana is this bride promised to the devil, and his target all this while. This revelation raises the stakes fully roping Renard into the battle against this monster that wants his daughter.
Diana helps bring back Eve and Nick. Obviously, Zerstorer hitched a ride back, and wore human flesh to better fit in. Eve’s return causes her to lose her Hexenbeast power – which is quite annoying, because I liked Hexenbeast-Juliet.
The final showdown takes everyone into the forest as they prepare for am all powerful ancient entity that has his eyes on not just Diana but Nick’s stick of destiny. Hank and Wu don’t make it into the series finale episode… blame it on being at the wrong place.
The series finals tries its best to raise the stakes and then undo itself at the final moments to avoid living through history with a bad memory and also to end like every fairy-tale – A Happy Ending.
Everyone Nick knows died in the finale except his son and because of this he pushes the rest button and in the new timeline that followed he, the squad, his mother and Aunt Marie (both newly revived for the finale) band together to defeat the great evil.
Diana who was having some sort of epiphany around Zestorer, to the point of siding with him against her father, returns to normal once he’s defeated; this confused me a bit.
As a parting gift, we’re shown a grown Kelly and Diana, twenty years into the future – hunting Wesens with their mom and Dad(s). This closure, though not paramount, was necessary for fans who love to speculate about how Nick and co’s future turned out to be.
In all, Grimm had been an entertaining ride, it was fun watching magic in a new dimension. It will be missed. Here’s to hoping the cast move on to better projects. Cheers! And, goodbye Grimm!
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