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Insidious: In praise of a perfect jump scare

Something wicked this way comes in Insidious…

WARNING: This feature discusses a key shock point in 2010’s Insidious. If you have not seen Insidious, we strongly urge you to do so before reading on. As of the publish date, in the UK the film and its sequels are available on Netflix. 


The jump scare. Cinema’s poor cousin to carefully crafted dread and suspense. Why go for atmosphere when a shrieky-faced banshee in a fright wig jumping out the shadows, while a migraine of violins crashes onto the soundtrack, will get you a decent scream?

Many films are guilty of walking this lazy path. Two that always stand out for us are 2012’s The Woman in Black and 2016’s The Conjuring 2. They should have known better…

Yet, when done well, the jump scare is a feat of filmmak...

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Home Premiere Round-Up – The Movie Robcast

Episode 88 sees the two Robs taking a deep dive into four films fast-tracked to home rental when Coronavirus closed cinemas.  Bloodshot, Military Wives, Emma and The Hunt. With such a mixed bag, it should be no surprise to read it’s a case of good and bad (not much ugly though). 

There is only one real stinker in the bunch, another that never quite finds the correct tone, one is an absolute blast, and another is a Top 10 of the Year contender.  But, which is which? You’ll have to listen to find out… although you may be able to guess which one will not be a candidate for best of the year lists.

The Robs are remote recording again, still sticking to the rules of social distancing. During the episode, Rob W is brought light refreshment from a family member...

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The Invisible Man (2020) – The Movie Robcast

Episode 84 of The Movie Robcast casts an eye over the latest telling of The Invisible Man. From the Blumhouse stable and directed by Upgrade creator Leigh Whannell, it boasts Elisabeth Moss in the lead role as an abused woman who fears her ex may be closer than she realises.

One of the Robs enjoyed this take on the classic, the other had more trouble seeing the good stuff. But, it makes for a lively discussion and they both agree this remake of a classic Universal monster is far superior to the 2017 redo of The Mummy.

Rob Wallis also points out that, while The Mummy was an indisputable stinker, the podcast episode reviewing it was rather funny. So, in an act of shameless promotion, here it is again for those intrigued…
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As this was recorded on Tuesday 3rd March...

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The Invisible Man (2020)

Director: Leigh Whannell

Writer: Leigh Whannell, H.G. Wells (source novel, uncredited)

Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Harriet Dyer, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Michael Dorman

Producers: Jason Blum, Kylie Du Fresne

Music: Benjamin Wallfisch

Cinematography: Stefan Duscio

Editor: Andy Canny

Cert: 15

Running time: 124mins

Year: 2020



What’s the story: When Cecilia (Moss) escapes abusive boyfriend Adrian Griffin (Jackson-Cohen), she believes the worst is behind her. But, as odd and unsettling occurrences mount, Cecilia begins to think Griffin may still be close by.

What’s the verdict: Leigh Whannell’s adaptation of H.G. Wells’ irresistibly premised 1897 source novel is a case of “interesting subtext, shame about the telling”.

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The Visit (2015)

The-Visit---UK-posterDirector: M. Night Shyamalan

Writer: M. Night Shyamalan

Cast: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Kathryn Hahn, Celia Keenan-Bolger

Cert: 15

Running time: 94mins

Year: 2015


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The lowdown: M. Night Shyamalan threatens to make a return to form with The Visit, but manages yet again to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. His tale of a brother and sister visiting their grandparents and realising all is not well joins The Prestige as an enthralling experience ruined by a denouement that betrays the early good work. Horrifyingly disappointing.

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The full verdict: After early Oscar-nominated promise, by the time M. Night Shyamalan came to helm Will Smith stinker After Earth his name was so toxic he was barely mentioned in any promo material.

Now, with mojo partiall...

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The Purge

Purge_Quad_4_3_13Director: James DeMonaco

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Lena Heady, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Rhys Wakefield, Edwin Hodge

Cert: 15

Running time: 86mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: Blumhouse Productions, the team behind the Paranormal Activity series, Sinister and Dark Skies, stick to their tried and tested formula with another budget conscious imperiled family shocker.  In 2022, America has solved its crime problem with “the Purge”, one night a year when all law is suspended and citizens are allowed to indulge their darkest desires; bad news for dad Ethan Hawke, protecting his family from marauding thugs.  A Twilight Zone idea is seasoned with extract of Straw Dogs and A Clockwork Orange in a thriller whose intriguing premise would have benefited from a larger injection of cash.

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The full ve...

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