The Conjuring

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

Sequels to successful horror movies are strange beasts. We’ve been trained to wince at horror movies that have ever increasing numbers at the end of their titles. We complain that they’re all cheap cash grabs and rehashes of the movies that came before it, but we always secretly hope that they live up to the original or manage to capture the same proverbial lightning in a bottle. The more impressive the original film the more volatile┬ápeople’s reactions will be when its inevitable sequel comes out. So when a sequel to one of the best horror movies of the last 15 years comes out, you bet people are going to get divisive about it.

mv5bzju5owvln2etodnlyy00mjhhlwi0mdutmta3mmq5mgmwytzmxkeyxkfqcgdeqxvynje5mtm4mzy-_v1_sy1000_cr006741000_al_The Conjuring 2 is the newest project from horror master James Wan. He’s really becoming a household name in horror directing over the last few years, especially after the massive critical and financial success of the first Conjuring movie. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are back as the adorable demon slaying power couple Ed and Lorraine Warren, and in this movie they’re sent off to England on behalf of the church to investigate a potential haunting. A down on their luck, lower-middle class family have noticed strange things happening to them and their house; their daughter teleports in her sleep, furniture is moving around on its own, and some of the kids are seeing some suspicious things. Sound familiar? It probably does, because the setup is pretty much the same as the first Conjuring. Luckily that’s where the unnecessary similarities end. (more…)

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The Conjuring (2013)

Holy shit. I have no idea why it took me so long to watch this movie.

mv5bmtm3nja1ndmymv5bml5banbnxkftztcwmdqzndmzoq-_v1_sy1000_cr006741000_al_In case you live under a rock like me, James Wan is being heralded as one of the best directors working in horror at the moment. Directly responsible for starting three of the most famous recent franchises in horror (Saw, Insidious, and The Conjuring), Wan has quite the blood spattered, demon haunted pedigree. The Conjuring, widely considered Wan’s masterpiece (which may possibly be dethroned by its newly released sequel) has even spawned a spin off movie franchise. Like it or not, Wan is probably here to stay and I think we’re all better off for it.

The Conjuring is based on a story from real life demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), and follows a case from 1971 where they are recruited to investigate a farmhouse that the Perron family has just moved into. The Perrons slowly begin to notice a couple odd things happening with their house and to their family, but as the days march onward things begin to escalate and the Perrons begin to fear for their lives. Once Ed and Lorraine are on the case, they need to do everything they can to get to get to the bottom of the haunting and overcome their greatest challenge to date. (more…)