This is basically a 100-minute "Twilight Zone" episode, but (Stuart Smalley voice) ... that's OK. As long as a movie is done with enough style and sense of suspense, it doesn't have to be the most ground-breaking thing in the world to be enjoyable. M. Night isn't reinventing the wheel here from what he's done before, but he gets an extra half a point for getting his own vision through the studio system and being one of the few auteurs we have left.
I feel like the horror community is selling this movie short a little. I thought it was on a par with III and VI as far as this series goes. It was certainly miles better than JIGSAW.
Rock obviously ad-libbed a lot of his dialogue and his presence here lent the series a much-needed dose of humor. But for the first time since III I found myself actually involved with the story. Sorry, fans of IV-VII, but it was nice…
Honestly, probably the best laugh-out-loud comedy since POPSTAR. Not every joke works, but there are so many of them and it's been so long since we've had a silly SNL-style comedy like this that it doesn't detract from your enjoyment of it as a whole. It's just great to see Wiig doing something silly in an AUSTiN POWERS/ZOOLANDER/ANCHORMAN vein when she's been stuck doing mostly dramatic parts and indie movies for the last few years. Just a really fun movie.