I managed to watch the vast number of three (3!) horror movies since my last post. They were all fairly good and worth recommending:
First, The Conjuring 2. I actually loved the first one, and this follow up was sheer fun, but a somewhat lesser effort and more generic. The conclusion in particular felt rushed and lackluster, but overall it's an entertaining, we'll produced movie with many nods to vintage horror. Wonderful style -- I really dig this current throwback to retro ghost movies.
Next is A Cure for Wellness, and I truly enjoyed this one. The first moments were fascinating, technical aspects such as direction and photography are outstanding. The scenery is breathtaking to say the least, and it's all digitally touched without feeling overproduced or fake. Storyline was great too, with themes that can be found in Scratches and Asylum, obviously right up my alley. There's an exciting mystery which kind of loses steam at the end (what's the deal with poor conclusions to fine movies?!). It's maybe a bit too long for a story that becomes rather cliched, but I still recommend it. Definitely worth watching if only for the gorgeous imagery.
And finally there's Life, a fine Alien-like thriller. I liked it. It's... a creature film. In space. That's all there's is to it. There's supposedly a surprising twist at the end which wasn't so surprising after all. Nice one to kill a rainy afternoon.