DanTheMan123’s review published on Letterboxd:
31 Days of Horror (Spoopy Season) 2021 - Film #6
FINALLY! A genuinely good horror film for this months Spoopy Season, and just like all of the other Mike Flanagan projects I've seen...it's absolutely terrifying and a strong addition to the horror genre. He really knocked it out of the park with this film and I am happy to report that this genuinely spooked me quite a bit. This film is directed by Mike Flanagan and stars Elizabeth Reaser,Annalise Basso,Lulu Wilson,Henry Thomas, and Parker Mack in this sequel to a film I have yet to see (didn't see too much praise for that first film), and as far as horror films go...especially for the supernatural...this is exactly what I want. I love the way this takes its time and truly builds up suspense, the most terrifying things within this film are easily the visual spooks, certain imagery throughout this film have been some of the scariest things I've seen in a horror film. There really isn't a cheap jumpscare in this film, and that's the type of Horror that we need more of, as much of it as possible. The cast does a phenomenal job and everyone has an overall good performance, huge standouts are definitely Annalise Basso and Lulu Wilson, they got great careers ahead of them. Another thing I found myself respecting is just how many risks were taken with this film...the third act didn't exactly go in the direction I was expecting it to go in and I found that surprisingly satisfying. Atmosphere was consistently creepy and I thought the overall spooks were built up well with the foundation given from the direction. Overall writing was a bit simple but very smart at the same time, it made the creative moments of the film stick out very well. Honestly if I were to find myself nitpicking about one thing I'd say that the ending was rather weak, for a film that ends up being different then most supernatural horror films most of the time...it sure ended rather poorly and in a way that's been done many times before, so that was disappointing for sure. Especially when it had the perfect ending, sadly it went on for another 3-5 minutes. So yeah, a little nitpick here and there but overall I thought this film was fantastic and easily the best film I've seen from this year's Spoopy Season, if you haven't seen this film yet then I highly recommend that you do check it out cause it's absolutely worth it.