C'mon, even if you didn't like the movie there is no way you saw the sink coming over the razor blade! That scene is amazing.
Fair enough; that was clever. But I didn't love the scene. Showing the violence so explicitly just made me think about behind the scenes stuff. Like how did they create a half-destroyed human head that was good enough to put on camera for so long?
It was gross instead of horrifying. When there's a scene of brutal violence on Game of Thrones, yes, we'll see a guy's head pop open, but that's not followed by a close-up lingering shot of the gore. And that's not followed by a body identification scene that shows us the same thing again.
They were augmented with CGI but the ghosts were actually a hybrid of practical fx/makeup/digital!
It's even stranger to me, then, that with all that work, they somehow ended up with inert cartoons.
I think I found the ghost from that Twitter link, at 1 hour 5 min. And you're right, you can tell this one has a strong practical foundation. But why does it have no effect on me? It's not threatening; it's just a curiosity.
That's about when I was really turning against the movie. I wanted to love it, I was trying, but eventually I was like... oh, okay, this is it?
Maybe I reacted so badly because there was so much buildup (takes them 40 minutes to arrive at the house), and the rest of the film feels like the air being slowly let out of a balloon.
Nothing surprising or horrifying happens at the house. The only threatening ghost (which is honestly very good) appears at 2 minutes 50 seconds. And from there, we slowly learn that the ghosts are red herrings, in that all they do is warn us about how scary the humans
are. And yet, the movie goes on in direct conflict with itself, pumping in more and more dramatic music, as the ghosts become less threatening. I don't know how this could be more conceptually disastrous.