The acting in his episodes is often overdone, in the standard TV mode—think of the fight between Marnie and Hannah last season.
I was lucky enough to be in one of the first test audiences for this film in Los Angeles.
Knowing nothing about the film except that it's being described as suspense/horror, and stars Patrick Wilson and a 14 year old girl, I went in expecting another bad to mediocre slash film. Hard Candy is an intense psychological drama, with incredible performances by both Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson.
A gorgeous, sinuous tracking shot gives us a sense of the house’s space: Wan and cinematographer Don Burgess (who has worked frequently with Robert Zemeckis) show us, in one deft, swooping movement, how small the space is, and who sleeps where.
We see the small tent made of blankets that the family’s youngest child has set up at the end of the hallway. A spectral figure appears in a saggy old armchair, and commences to communicate through a vulnerable child. The most haunting scenes here are the quieter ones: When the Warrens are finally summoned to the Enfield house—their assignment is to check it out, just to see if the Catholic Church should mosey on over and perform an exorcism—they spend lots of time wandering about and asking questions, as well as setting up a tape recorder to catch the house’s malevolent presence speaking through Janet’s mouth.
” But really, the whole thing left me baffled and uncomfortable.
Why are these people having sex, when they are so clearly mismatched—in style, in looks, in manners, in age, in everything?
captures a sense of that ominousness—until Wan becomes distracted, throwing in dozens of other things (like a malevolent spirit taking shape from a creepy toy) that don’t need to be there, and repeating certain effects (a grouch-spirit growling “This is my house”) so many times that they lose their potency.
In the end, the effect is more one of boredom than terror.
Sure we might want to leave the 90’s behind — things like dark lipliner, Day Glo, and a single unhooked strap of our overalls never really worked in the first place. She took her top off everywhere like it was Spring Break Cancun.
But we learned from those mistakes (and burned the tiny, sticky Polaroids), which is why it’s as good a time as any to take a look at celebrity couples of the 90’s you probably forgot about. They dated in the late 90’s but broke off their engagement by the time of the early 2000’s.
Annie agrees to go on another date with him, they start a relationship, and Patrick shows that he cares about her feelings and problems.