“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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Halloween Decorations!

Now, most of us in the horror atmosphere and who absolutely love Halloween have probably already started decorating our homes with creepy stuff. I know I have! Last night, we listened to some Halloween music and started decorating with the leftovers we had from last year. Have you started decorating yet?

Check out some of these pictures of our Halloween decorations so far!

Have you got any decorations up yet? Send me some pictures to me at rhfang.totallyhorror@gmail.com! Can’t wait to see them!

“Spirit Halloween” Halloween Countdown Begins Now!

Hey Totally Horror readers,

This is just a quick post about the yearly “Spirit Halloween” Halloween countdown!

If you look to your right, you will see a Halloween countdown! Yep, that’s right; it is back! Just like last year, we at Totally Horror are counting down the days until Halloween. Thanks to Spirit Halloween’s countdown widget, you can check out new blog posts and look to see how close we are to our favorite scary holiday all right here! You can also get one yourself for your blog by clicking “here”. It is completely free and awesome.

Less than 70 days away from Halloween (on Friday August 24th, 2012)!

-RHFang

Check Out Spirit Halloween!

The Woman In Black (2012) – Preview

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Daniel Radcliffe stars in his first feature film other than “Harry Potter”! And the great thing is that it is a horror.

Now, after watching the trailer of this movie, I am currently thinking that this movie is going to be more of a creepy and disturbing film. Daniel Radcliffe is a very good actor (judging from the Harry Potter films) so this movie should do very well. Or -as I said before- it could just be one of those horrors where the trailer is better than the movie. Kind of like “The Devil Inside”.

The first trailer I saw for this film was in the movie theater. They set it up like there was a hidden camera in the theater, and then they focused on some specific people in the theater. It was very cool. I actually waved, thinking there was an actuall hidden camera. But then, once they focused on a specific guy, you suddenly see the horrifying “Woman In Black”. Everyone in the theater was shocked. No one was expecting that at all! That was a great way to promote a movie.

I think this movie is going to be amazing! But we just have to wait and see. “The Woman In Black” hits theaters February 3rd! I am definitely looking forward for this movie!

Here’s the HD official trailer:

(source for trailer – youtube.com/trailers)

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!

How To Make A Good Scary Story

article by: Horror Crone

                                                                                                                          

It’s October. You know, the month where you go in a creepy pitch black room and tell horrifying stories! What are the elements of a good horror story?  When do you know you are completely submerged into a story so deeply that an unexpected sound makes you jump in surprise?  For me, I have to say that there are two parts that meld to make a really good horror: a well-woven tale and a fully committed reader.  Without both of these elements, the horror falls flat.

Of course the story has to be well-written.  It has to have a believable plot, realistic action scenes, reasonably well drawn characters, and a considerably well-imagined spooky setting or happening.  But the reader also has to agree to be sucked into the story, sympathetic to the characters, and willing to be taken on a potentially wild ride.  Without the reader’s bargain to take the horror story on its own terms, the story will seem hollow and boring.

The first truly creepy, fantastically frightening story I ever read was the likely named “Ghost Story,” by Peter Straub.  I was about 12 at the time, and the mature themes of the book notwithstanding, the story scared the bejesus out of me.  I was so frightened at some parts of the book that I found myself trembling with shock and terror, too horrified to turn the page, and yet too engrossed not to.  I dreamt for a full week about that book – dreams that I can recall to this day.  Straub remains a very eloquent writer of psychological horror, but I have never felt more delightfully totally terrified by a book since.  And I loved every minute of it.

What stories have scared you lately?

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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.

Thanks for reading, you ghoulies and ghouletts! See you next week! Be sure to follow me on Twitter @rhfang! Also, subscribe to “Totally Horror”!