Release year: 2013
Director: James Wan
Screenwriter: Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Shanley Caswell, Hayley McFarland, Joey King, Mackenzie Foy
Ratings: 1 Saturn Award: Best Horror. 1 Empire Award: Best Horror.
When Carolyn (Lili Taylor) and Roger (Ron Livingston) moves in to a new house they soon discover they are not alone and the someone or something that are present means them harm. Desperate and fearing the life of their family, they seek the help of acclaimed paranormal investigators Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson).
Directed by James Wan (Insidious, 2010) who have made himself something of a Horror King in recent years, this tells the tale of real life paranormal investigators The Warrens, who dealt with famous cases like the Amityville haunting. The story is based on the story of the Perrons, a family who found themselves haunted by an evil spirit. We meet the Perrons as they move in, whereafter Wan masterly builds up the tension and horror with subtle touches, straight on shocks and camera angles that constantly lets you believe the next scare is just about to jump in your face. The movie looses some of the scary impact when the Warrens arrive, simply because it fells safer when people capeable of dealing with the supernatural are present. Wilson (Watchmen, 2009) and Farmiga (Up in the Air, 2009) are brilliant as the ghostbusting couple, at once very human yet oozing of authority and proffesionalism. These two mean business, yet never stop caring for the victims. An extremely effective horror movie that through the based-on-real-characters adds an extra dimension as well as being of a higher quality than most of it’s genre. Not just a scare-fest but an excellent piece of film crafting as well.
You can read more about the Warrens here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_and_Lorraine_Warren
Eight generations of families lived and died in the house before the Perrons moved in. Andrea Perron suggests that some of the spirits from the families never left. Deaths include two documented suicides, a poisoning death, the rape and murder of an 11-year old girl, two drownings, and the passing of four men who froze to death. Most deaths occurred within the Arnold family from which Bathsheba Sherman was descended.
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