“The Conjuring” (2013) – Review

The Conjuring

James Wan’s latest horror flick The Conjuring has stirred up a lot of talk ever since it’s July 19th release in theaters. Lots of talk about how terrifying and life scarring it is. Every one of my friends who saw the movie in theaters came back shaking and claiming how they will never open a closet, look in a mirror, look at a doll, or peak into a dark area ever again in their lives. I want to feel the terror too! I saw The Conjuring yesterday with my horror movie companion Horror Crone and two of her friends… let me just say, the screaming did not stop.

Horror Crone actually found a new tick that she has, which she never new she had before while watching the movie. Each time a creepy situation or a jump scare happened in the movie, she would tap her feet against the floor as if she were running! I asked her what she was doing and she simply said “What do you mean?”. Just wow. This movie was actually very scary. It’s the James Wan movies that really effect you mentally. You don’t have to see a monster or a creepy looking ghost in a James Wan film to be frightened, but feel and hear what is going on. It’s that same feeling you get when you hear a weird sound in your home when you’re alone, but you don’t actually see what it is… but in The Conjuring, that feeling is twice as horrifying.

The Conjuring

I referred James Wan to be the Quentin Tarantino of horror movies. Why? Like Tarantino, James Wan has specific things in his movies that you can tell are, well, James Wan. In all James Wan movies, he uses the shaky camera a lot, he uses many panning shots, and he uses silence as a scary trigger. In most horror movies, you hear this long suspenseful musical note until the jump scare… In a James Wan film, there is silence. Either something happens or it doesn’t… most of the times it does, but sometimes it still is pretty scary even when nothing happens. James Wan also has some really spine chilling introductions to his movies. A James Wan horror movie never has a slow, non-creative, nor boring opening! And that is why we love director James Wan so dearly.

As for a simple review of The Conjuring: terrifying movie. The acting was brilliant, especially from the young actresses who portrayed the roles of the Perron sisters. One specific young actress who really stood out was Joey King who played the role of Christine Perron. She is definitely going far in her acting career, and I cannot to see what she has in store for us next.

The Conjuring is based off a true story, which also makes it scary to think that something like this could actually happen with the hauntings (most of us have experienced hauntings), poltergeists (we’ve all seen a poltergeist, right?), and so on. If you want to learn more about the true story about Ed and Lorraine Warren’s adventures, click HERE

If you have not seen the film yet, please go as soon as possible. And remember, Insidious Chapter 2 comes out in less than 2 months… get ready.

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Spirit Halloween

by: RHfang

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I went to Spirit Halloween last night and checked out some of their Halloween decorations and costumes. And as always, the decor was amazing! I have a few pictures that I will be posting onto the site later to show you how realistic the decor looks. Especially the masks.

Spirit Halloween also has great animatronics! There is a animatronic of ‘The Exorcist’ that moves really well, and looks horrifying!

I mainly went to help my Mom buy some scary decorations for a party. I know the house will look horrifying because of the work of Spirit Halloween store. Check out their website in the page ‘Horror Links’. Also, thanks Spirit Halloween for your awesome work! You guys are my favorite Halloween store!

The Shadow At the End of the Hall

by: Horror Crone

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“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before….”

The Raven, Edgar Allen Poe

I was started on my lifelong love of horror fiction, poetry, and the occult by my Father, who used to read Edgar Allen Poe to me when I was very tiny.  The musical cadences of the words, the fierce dynamism of the rhymes, and the rise and fall of my Father’s voice were mesmerizing to me, even though I didn’t understand the import of the words.  As I got older and faced nightly the terror of being alone in my bedroom, I understood too well what peering deeply into the darkness, wondering and fearing meant.

What child doesn’t confront at some time in their young development, the irrational fear of the Thing Under the Bed or the Unknowable in the Closet?  For my sister and I, our frightening companion was the Shadow at the End of the Hall.  The apparition made itself known to us shortly after we moved into our new house when I was 8 and my sister was 10.  In the beginning, it was no more than a feeling – a certainty of a presence, the prickly tingling sensation that we were being watched.  Shortly thereafter, the amorphous feeling resolved itself into an indistinct darkness that simply was.  The Shadow at the End of the Hall never moved, never shimmered.  It was just there once the ambient light in the hall was low.

My sister and I remained in a constant state of fear.  We tried to convince ourselves we were mistaken.  We knew our proclivities and, by that time, well developed love of the occult – clearly this was merely a manifestation of our over-active imaginations.   We spoke of the Shadow in whispers, terrified and thrilled by turns, wondering what this thing was which had decided to live with us and watch us.  The Shadow’s manifestation always felt just on the verge of speech.  We dreaded what it might say.

One truth was inescapable: The Shadow at the End of the Hall ensured there were no terrors in our bedrooms.  Once my sister and I realized that the presence didn’t move and didn’t communicate, we were able to breathe in our rooms and sleep in the relative surety that we wouldn’t awake to something leaning over our beds.  In many ways, the Shadow at the End of the Hall became a familiar, albeit creepy guest in our young adolescence.  It was never ambulatory, it never shifted, and though it always felt immediate and somehow insistent.  Rather like an incapacitated older relative who is desperate to say something, but unable.  And soon, we realized that all presences have very distinct personalities, and are not all so demur.

Horror’s Offspring

In about a couple of weeks will be my favorite holiday! Can you guess what holiday that is? That’s right, Halloween! The night kids dress up like something scary and go trick-or-treating! Speaking of scary kids, let’s talk about some of horror’s most horrifying children!

When I think of scary children, I think of Samara Morgan (The Ring), Gage Creed (Pet Sematary), Regan MacNeil (The Exorcist), and many more!

I believe that the creepiest or scariest kids in horror movies are normally little girls. When you think of it, there aren’t many little scary boys in movies. The only scary little boys that I’ve seen in movies are in movies like “The Grudge”, Gage Creed from “Pet Sematary”, and Aidan from “The Ring”. When you’re in a scene with Aidan in “The Ring”, you feel like he’s gonna unexpectedly do something scary, but he doesn’t. Gage Creed (Pet Sematary) is creepy not only because he killed his family members and other innocent people, but because he was dead! (Spoilers Alert) I was so closed to tears when I saw that innocent little boy get mangled by the truck. Now he’s a dead homicidal murderer.

The kid from “The Grudge” just looks freaky. I think he gets drowned in a toilet or something. I don’t know, I haven’t seen “The Grudge” fully.

Scary little girls are in movies like “The Ring”, “The Exorcist”, “The Shining”, and many more. Linda Blair who played Regan MacNeil in “The Exorcist” is just horrifyingly creepy. She looks the way she does because she was possessed by the devil! And just to make it gross, Regan also pukes up this dark green puss-like stuff. It’s fricken gross. Another creepy thing about her is that not only can she puke green stuff, is possessed by the devil, but she can also turn her head all the way around! That’s epic. I wish I could do that.

One of the scariest kids of all time is the little girl from “30 Days Of Night”. I bet when “30 Days Of Night” first came out in 2007, nobody was expecting that little girl to be a vampire. First you hear chewing, then you see the back of a cute little girl with ponytails, then she turns around! When she turns around her face is covered in blood, she has many sharp teeth (like a shark) and she is making a snack out of someone, and then she says, “I’m done playing with this one. You wanna play with me now?” It so creepy and disturbing all at once. Steve Niles (writer of “30 Days Of Night) is a genius!

This week’s lesson: children are creepy. Especially the vampire ones.

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