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The Conjuring 2 (2016) Review

Published by: Anthony Wallace


conjuringpostersmallAs the movie season enters into the Summer, movie-goers are hungry for a satisfying horror movie. Up until now Hollywood has struggled in that department; that is until James Wan announced last year that he would return to the world of horror after finishing up ‘Fast and Furious 7‘. And with production coming to a close, he would announce that ‘The Conjuring 2‘ would indeed be his next project and continue the case studies of Ed and Lorraine Warren. After a rousing success with the original 2013 hit and a less then stellar spin-off in ‘Annabelle‘, fans are clamoring to see the franchise return to form with James Wan directing the sequel. So with that in mind, did ‘The Conjuring 2‘ live up to the hype of the original? Maybe so, but that’s nothing to knock at as it truly has a strong footing.

With the return of Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson in their leading roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren, they venture out into one of the most diabolical cases in history as the Hodgson family in Enfield England experience terror as a spirit slowly destroys the lives of a mother and her four kids. As the mystery goes deeper and sanities begin to reach a breaking point, Ed and Lorraine’s spirits are tested and could potentially lead to their end. The film also stars Madison Wolfe, Frances O’Connor, and Simon McBurney.

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Having seen the original film I was a huge fan and it really catapulted James Wan’s career as a horror director. What made the original so great was the focus put on the characters and you actually caring about them when things go bad. Also, the cinematography was what really stood out as it built tension and suspense. Some may criticize the children in the first Conjuring for being annoying but shouldn’t be at fault as most of the attention was put on the mother, played by Lili Taylor, as she slowly became possessed by the demonic spirit of the evil witch. Where the first movie may have struggled, the sequel rights itself as the children become the focal point.

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There’s a lot to appreciate in ‘The Conjuring 2‘ as most of what’s liked is in the little details. Without giving anything away in spoilers, in the opening of the film we get another introduction to a case study; however this time being where the last movie left off with Ed and Lorraine Warren venturing to Rhode Island and visiting the Amityville home. This to me was a great opening to the movie as we got to see a glimpse into one of the most well-known and most publicized hauntings that would then get into the hands of Hollywood. With the right amount of attention and focus the movie doesn’t spend too much time on the Amitvyville story; rather it builds into the paranormal events that we would then see in the Enfield case. The wrongs that most films do is done right by James Wan and his abilities to not sway away from conventional wisdom. We’ve already been introduced to the Amityville story with numerous films and what Wan succeeds in is not retelling a story that’s been done time and time again.

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As for the focal point of the movie with Janet Hodgson (Madison Wolfe) being manipulated by the evil entity, Wolfe does an amazing job. Not only do you care for her as she tries to prove everyone wrong, but she also has that innocence that most kids would have at a young age. Most of the time in movies people are cast without thought of how they are perceived by audiences. This can sometimes lead to a disconnect; especially when they are in a lead role. There even has to be praise for Frances O’Connor who plays the mom as she delivers a good performance as she tries to keep her children safe when the media begins to come into the picture.

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The casting was superb in this film which leads us to another strong performance by Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson. Their chemistry together is seamless and leads us into rooting for them when things turn upside-down. Even when the media begins to question their beliefs and close encounters with the paranormal, they may start to rethink a continuing venture into the unknown but doesn’t stop them when the Hodgson family come into the picture. There’s a moment when the importance of family is brought into play and how togetherness is what will prevail anyone or anything from tearing them apart. With overall satisfaction, we can potentially see future sequels of Ed and Lorraine Warren and their case studies as Wilson and Farmiga have become the staple of the franchise.

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Now it’s not to say that the movie doesn’t have its flaws as the scares we got from the original don’t quite live up here. The first movie was atmospheric with dread; however, here we have a combination of ‘Insidious’ and Conjuring effects. The movie says the Enfield case is the most “diabolical” of them all but I would beg to differ by saying the first movie lived up to that monicker. In ‘The Conjuring 2‘ it’s more so a poltergeist where a spirit haunts the home and isn’t afraid to reveal itself to the outside world. The movie does have tension and some visually terrifying moments that only showcase the strengths of James Wan who knows how to respect the horror genre without resorting to violence as most horror films now-a-days falls victim to. So going into ‘The Conjuring 2‘ you will notice a slight difference in the scares which only benefits the film from falling into retread territory.

After all that was said and all has been seen, ‘The Conjuring 2‘ is a solid sequel to James Wan’s original. Though it may not live up to the original, it definitely makes up for it with strong performances and a spooky tale to be told. Where most sequels fail, Warner Bros. and James Wan do justice and only promises more sequels to follow if and when ‘The Conjuring 2‘ leads to a box-office success.

Rating: 7.5/10

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The Witch (2016) Review

Published by: Anthony Wallace


The_Witch_posterSet in the 1660’s is the story about a family who after leaving their plantation goes out to live in the outskirts of New England. When their baby, Sam, is taken from their parish an unruly force takes over the family that begins to slowly tear them apart. The film is directed by Robert Eggers and stars Kate Dickie, Anya-Taylor Joy, and Ralph Ineson.

It’s been a long while since watching a film that is genuinely unsettling but to also find it refreshing at the same time. This time around we’re talking about ‘The Witch‘ and having viewed the trailer this past month I was eagerly looking forward to seeing it. To describe this movie is nothing but unsettling and the credit goes out to the director who was able to hone in the suspense not knowing where the movie would go next. Now I have to warn everyone in saying that this isn’t your typical horror film with big budget effects and cheap jump scares forced down your throats. Instead you are treated to a time piece that sets the tone with events that took place in old folklore and a time where witchcraft was believed to exist. So for some viewers this may not rub off so well and could turn them away if your not knowing what to expect. With that said, this is not one to be overlooked.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this film not only because it went away from the typical tropes of a horror film but the background and history that was put into the making of the film. There were scenes in ‘The Witch‘ that were genuinely terrifying; especially with the background music to go along with it. One could even look at the film as a piece of art where dialogue isn’t totally necessary as the events and images are what drives the movie. There are a couple of scenes that stood out to me and one of them had to do with the taking of the baby. It’s what happens after the baby is taken that we are introduced to the witch herself. We’ll just leave it at that and everyone will have to see it for themselves. The other scene happens towards the middle of the movie where it involves a sick child that you truly sense that the evil is present.

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We get to see Kate Dickie play the role of the Katherine who reels from the loss of her baby. She does an exceptional job along with her co-stars who battle to stay united as evil lurks the grounds they live on. Anya-Taylor Joy, who plays the adopted daughter Thomasin, does an amazing job as she is the one character who everyone suspects is a witch. She does everything she can to prove everyone wrong but in the end takes a turn for the worse. The very last scene we see of Thomasin is one that will have everyone talking and is terrifying all in itself.

From a technical standpoint the movie is gorgeous to look at as the director put in a lot of the effort to making this a time piece. Along with the dialogue and setting you really get the sense of what it was like for New England as they battled the talks of witches. The score accompanies the movie with tension and terror when something horrifying takes place. Having been his directorial debut, Robert Eggers does an excellent job with promise that he can produce good quality horror movies should he go that route. This is by far one of the best horror films we’ve seen thus far this year. If you are a looking for a horror film that will get under you skin this will surely do it. It’s a time piece that can’t be overlooked.

Rating: 8/10

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New ‘Purge’ trailer promises a Government showdown…

Published by: Anthony Wallace


the-purge-election-year-PG3_Tsr1Sht11_RGB_0128_1SM_rgbAfter a two year hiatus and a project that almost didn’t see the day of light, Universal returns with ‘The Purge: Election Year‘. Frank Grillo returns to action as this time he is part of a security team looking to protect a government official as Purge operatives look to stop anyone from ending the annual tradition (View trailer down below). The trailer looks intense as we’re looking to go deeper as to who is pulling the strings as the New Founding Fathers took over the government. Grillo’s character will surely be prepared this time as his previous Purge took him all throughout the city while almost avenging his son’s killer.

The Purge franchise took everyone by surprise as ‘The Purge: Anarchy‘ righted many of the wrongs in the original. With making over $112 million* world-wide, Universal saw another sequel happening down the road. A sequel was quickly announced when ‘Anarchy‘ finished it’s opening weekend; however, time went by when little to nothing was moving in a direction for a release. It wasn’t until Frank Grillo agreed to return to the series that a script was readily available. Now with only five months to go before ‘Election Year‘ releases that the anticipation is set.

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The Forest (2015) Review

Published by: Anthony Wallace


the-forest-2016-posterThe Aokigahara forest, located in the deep woods of Mount Fuji, is storied to be a place where people go to commit suicide when all seems lost. Sarah is on the search for her twin sister when she senses something is deeply wrong with Jess. Authorities in Japan aren’t as hopeful either. When Sarah journeys to the forest she will plunge into fear as ghosts of the dead haunt the grounds she walks on.

In his directorial debut, Jason Zada takes on the story of the suicide forest and infuses it with horror. Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer plays the twin sisters of both Sarah and Jess. When Sarah is warned about the influences the forest can have she turns her head refusing to let anything stop her from finding her sister. From the start of the film Dormer’s performance wasn’t all that terrible until she spends more and more time in Aokigahara. There came a point at the mid-point of the movie when her character became annoying by the way she handles situations. Not all is to blame on Dormer however because the movie itself was lacking from the beginning.

imagesThe movie takes its time while Sarah travels to Japan meeting with those who knew Jess. Through meetings with a school advisor and a classmate of Jess we got to understand what the locals feared. It’s strange to say but the time spent away from the forest and the mystery behind the forest was better then what we get when things go south. Interestingly enough, the backstory of a family tragedy that struck the twin sisters while they were young played a key role in closing moments of the film. Even then the execution was poor and couldn’t make up for the lack of scares or patience to get to the end.

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Typically the early months of the year don’t bode well for movie-goers as it becomes Hollywood’s dumping grounds. And ‘The Forest‘ just happens to fall victim to that statement. With interest in the documentary behind the Aokigahara forest, people will venture out into theaters with expectations that match that of the trailers and stories. Unfortunately, ‘The Blair Witch Project‘ did a better job of making a more intense thriller when it came to the woods along with a superb marketing strategy. This movie will fail to match any level of terror or success as other movies had.

Rating: 4.5/10

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Image surfaces from Warner Bros. ‘The Conjuring 2: Enfield Poltergeist’…

Posted by: Anthony Wallace


CXO-q35WAAAq58AIn the next chapter of Ed & Lorraine Warren’s spiritual encounters the first photograph released by Entertainment Weekly hits the web (See Below). Patrick Wilson & Vera Farmiga return alongside Director James Wan as the Warrens explore a mother of four kids who are experiencing terrifying moments in their home out in England. Little can be said what the photo depicts but rest assured that little girl isn’t so calm by what she’s seeing. Even creepier is the fact that a line of crucifixes are shown in the background.

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The movie is set to release June 10, 2016 and should have fans of the first Conjuring coming out in droves. Can ‘The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist‘ top 2013’s mega hit? There’s only six months to find out.

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