Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
Let me say I am not a horror movie buff by any stretch of the imagination. Really the only reason I go is if one of the few people I know that are horror hounds wants to go. But that wasn’t really the case for this movie, I had seen one or two of the trailers and thought it looked really good and made me want to see it, though I did have one of my friends along with me to see it as well. And what did he think of the movie after it was all said and done? Virgil B. said and I quote “Scary as shit!”
The movie starts out not with us focusing on the family that movies from New Jersey to a farm house in the middle of nowhere Rhode Island, but on the investigating duo Ed and Lorraine Warren. They are sitting with two girls who are roommates and another gentleman and they have had an issue in their apartment. It seems a creepy doll is haunting them and they have brought the Warrens in to help them out. This then turns out to be a film that the Warrens are showing to a university class where it seems they give regular speakings at on their paranormal battles.
We then come to the Perron family who like I mentioned before are moving from New Jersey to Rhode Island, it is never really mentioned why they made this movie just that they wanted to leave the city life behind them. The Perron’s consist of the father Roger (Ron Livingston), the mother Carolyn ( Lili Taylor), and their five kids Andrea (Shanley Caswell), Nancy (Hayley McFarland), Christine (Joey King), Cindy (Mackenzie Foy), and April (Kyla Deaver). Now you know something is wrong with this house right away when the family dog Sandi won’t enter the house at all and is barking at the house the whole time. And of course that is only the beginning of this story.
James Wan (Director) isn’t beating you over the head with scary in this movie what he is doing is making you the eighth member of this family. Everything is bright and shiny and hopeful when we first arrive at the new house. But then we start to notice that there is something off about the new house, be it the dog that wont come in, or the clocks that stop during the middle of the night. He gets you to start thinking and feeling along with the Perron family wondering what else can happen to this family and he steadily builds on those feelings until it all boils to the top.
What I love about this movie is that it is not like some many other movies where they try to freak you out by all the goriness that takes place. James Wan takes you on an emotional rollercoaster through the movie. He provides you with these great suspenseful feelings throught the movie knowing that something isn’t quite right.
This is a must see for any horror fan. Others have been raving that this is the scariest movie of 2013. I can’t give my stamp of approval on that since I have not seen a lot of scary movies this year or none that pop into my head at this moment anyways. But if you are looking to be scared this is a movie to go see. Or wait till it comes out on DVD/Blu-ray and sit at home with all the lights on.
Release Date: July 19th, 2013
Run Time: 112 min
Director: James Wan