UPGRADE: The Abject Anxieties of Bodies + Technology

Leigh Whannell’s UPGRADE is a kick ass horror thrill ride. It’s also a deep, dark rumination on technological singularity.

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Cooties: It’s Okay to Kill the Children

Cooties. 2015. Directed by Jonathan Milott & Cary Murnion. Screenplay by Leigh Whannell & Ian Brennan. Starring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Pedrad, Ian Brennan, Jorge Garcia, Cooper Roth, Miles Elliot, Morgan Lily, Sunny May Allison, and Armani Jackson. Glacier Films/SpectreVision. Rated R. 88 minutes. Action/Comedy/Horror ★★★★ Officially outContinue reading “Cooties: It’s Okay to Kill the Children”

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Saw III Gets Personal

Saw III. 2006. Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. Screenplay by Leigh Whannell. Starring Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Angus Macfadyen, Bahar Soomekh, Donnie Wahlberg, Dina Meyer, Leigh Whannell, Mpho Koaho, Barry Flatman, Lyriq Bent, J. LaRose, Debra McCabe, Costas Mandylor, and Betsy Russell. Twisted Pictures. Rated R. 108 minutes. Horror/Mystery ★★★★ A reason I didn’t enjoy SawContinue reading “Saw III Gets Personal”

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Saw II Proves Bigger Is Not Better

Saw II. 2005. Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. Screenplay by Darren Lynn Bousman & Leigh Whannell. Starring Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Donnie Wahlberg, Erik Knudsen, Franky G, Glenn Plummer, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Beverley Mitchell, Wil Burd, Dina Meyer, Lyriq Bent, Noam Jenkins, and Tony Nappo. Twisted Pictures. Rated R. 93 minutes. Horror ★★★ James Wan andContinue reading “Saw II Proves Bigger Is Not Better”

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Saw: Raw Modern Indie Horror

Saw. 2004. Directed by James Wan. Screenplay by Leigh Whannell, from a story by Whannell & James Wan. Starring Leigh Whannell, Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Ken Leung, Dina Meyer, Mike Butters, Paul Gutrecht, Michael Emerson, Benito Martinez, Monica Potter, and Shawnee Smith. Twisted Pictures. Rated R. 103 minutes. Horror/Mystery ★★★★1/2 There are plenty of peopleContinue reading “Saw: Raw Modern Indie Horror”

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Insidious: Chapter 3 is a Welcomed Creepy Surprise

Insidious: Chapter 3. 2014. Directed & Written by Leigh Whannell. Starring Lin Shaye, Stefanie Scott, Dermot Mulroney, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Tate Berney, Michael Reid MacKay, Steve Coulter, Hayley Kiyoko, Corbett Tuck, and Tom Fitzpatrick. Blumhouse Productions. Rated 14A. 97 minutes. Drama/Horror/Thriller ★★★1/2 I’m a fan of the two previous Insidious films. Reason being, I thinkContinue reading “Insidious: Chapter 3 is a Welcomed Creepy Surprise”

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INSIDIOUS Takes Us Back to Classic Haunting

Insidious. 2010. Directed by James Wan. Screenplay by Leigh Whannell. Starring Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, and Barbara Hershey. Rated 14A. 103 minutes. Drama/Horror/Mystery. 4 out of 5 stars There aren’t many horror movies that feel like the classics these days, except for a few. Even some ofContinue reading “INSIDIOUS Takes Us Back to Classic Haunting”

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