Halloween is my favorite holiday. So much so, that I enjoy dedicating the entire month of October to all things horror. Thus I call it, Spooptoberfest: a month-long celebration of all things demonic, paranormal, gory, and scary. Last year I shared 31 horror movies and wrote a lite sentence or two on why I highly recommended them. This year, I wanted to slow down, step back, and share only 5 (different) movies that hold a special place in my heart and go a little more in-depth as to why. Let’s get spoopy.
The Conjuring 2
Release Date: June 10th, 2016
Director: James Wan
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe
Plot: The Warrens go international to tackle another haunting… but things are not as they seem.
Interesting Fact: Some have claimed that the real Janet Hodgson is a gifted ventriloquist or has the power to manipulate voices, and she admitted to faking some events. She revealed that around two percent of the haunting was phony during an interview with The Telegraph.
Best Line: This is my house!
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%
Coffee Sip Score: 9/10
Why it’s recommended:
It’s rare that I enjoy a sequel as much as if not more than its predecessor. The Conjuring 2 once again dramatizes the torture a family goes through from a supernatural force. And what a force this new demon is. It is a surprise this movie is as good as it is, but it is no surprise that it is largely due to the one man I can always trust to make a good movie, James Wan. The performances are perfect, the atmosphere and tension keep you on edge, the scares are extremely effective, the cinematography is haunting, and the design of the demons is horrifying.
The film dives deep into the war between the supernatural and science. As I mentioned above, “Some have claimed that the real Janet Hodgson is a gifted ventriloquist or has the power to manipulate voices, and she admitted to faking some events. She revealed that around two percent of the haunting was phony during an interview with The Telegraph.” (IMDB) The Warrens battle against not only multiple demons, but scientists and skeptics.
James Wan is a God of Horror and film making. He’s young and I feel we have yet to see the full power of his work as a director. He’s only going to get better as his career continues and I am so excited to see what he’ll make in the future.
The writing can be a little iffy: the pacing can be slow, some of the ways the Warrens figure out the mystery are questionable, the plot can get way too crazy and stuffed with way too much shit, and the dramatization of this real-life story can get a little too dramatic.
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