Bite-Size Horror Reviews: The Objective, The Messengers 2, Haunting in Connecticut, The Unborn

The ObjectiveThe Haunting in ConnecticutThe Messengers 2: The ScarecrowThe Unborn

 

Interesting  —  The Objective 

A low budget can’t keep this military-meets-phenomena film from consistently being fascinating. The dialogue and acting is surprisingly well done and it has garnered three cinematography awards. The ending will certainly frustrate some and that’s all I can say without spoiling things. Who can explain the inexplicable?  Rating: 7/10

Eh  —      The Haunting in Connecticut 

The documentary on Discovery channel was very spooky and ‘factual’, but its many dramatizations left much to be desired. Enter this movie version to fulfill that, and it goes seriously overboard. Frenetic editing, ultrastylized shots, and some exaggerated movie magic swamp the realism and creepiness. That being said, there is a rollercoaster ride of fun jump scares and good camerawork to make this enjoyable for most. Kyle Gallner is very good as a young man with cancer, and Elias Koteas as the reverend is always a fascinating watch. I would probably recommend the documentary first. Despite its made-for-tv shortcomings, it has enough testimonials to make your arm hairs stand straight up.    Rating: 5/10

Mediocre —   Messengers 2: The Scarecrow 

The best horror scarecrow film is still Dark Night of the Scarecrow, a 1981 made-for-TV movie that is genuinely scary and hard to find. This is an entirely forgettable, predictable, and derivative effort with not much gore. How many times do we have to see a protagonist fight his sanity that he is or isn’t the antagonist? At least The Messengers was somewhat unpredictable, visually unique, and had Kristen Stewart. With some pretty good acting by Norman Reedus and Claire Holt, this wasn’t bad enough to be a B-movie.     Rating: 4/10

Awful —    The Unborn 

Gary Oldman–we deny you are in this movie. It isn’t really happening. Noooooo.   Rating: 3/10

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