You know him, you love him, you won’t live without him. Tobin Bell returns as mental moral mastermind John Kramer in 2017’s “Jigsaw.”
Review by Thad Timothy
Dolls have always scared me. Even now, at thirty, being in a room alone with one can be extremely unsettling. Science refers to this irrational fear as pediophobia which is a more specific type of automatonophobia, or the fear of humanoid figures. Just because it has a name that does not make it any less disturbing, and hollywood knows this. Throughout the history of cinema toys have been brought to life in an effort to entertain audiences. While it can be a whimsical and light-hearted plot device, when you place malevolent intentions behind those lifeless eyes you yield a recipe...
I want to start this off with a caveat here: I love Stephen King. It is probably one of my favorite books of all time, I wholeheartedly believe that even Bram Stoker doesn’t have shit on Salem’s Lot, and perhaps most tellingly, I thought The Tommyknockers was somewhat readable. It’s a genuine shame to me that almost nothing that people have attempted to adapt to a visual medium has really worked. Except for that one time that Stanley Kubrick actually managed to one-up the guy who created the damn story in the first place. We’re gonna start broad, and hone in here: Why...