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The Conjuring 2 (2016)
<<This review may contain implicit spoilers>>
13 November 1974: The killing by Ronald DeFeo Jr. of his family in Amityvile, New York. This is one of the most known investigative cases of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), a famous couple of paranormal investigators. However, this time the event takes place three years after, in 1977, in the London Borough of Enfield, UK. There, a working-class family is plagued by the mysterious happenings in their house: tappings, strange voices, broken toys, flying objects…and, young Janet Hodgson (11) (Madison Wolfe), unwittingly becoming the “focus” of their home’s evil spirit. Basing the film on a true story and being supported by a very talented cast, director James Wan once again shows that he is the director to be reckoned with when it comes to the modern film industry’s take on the traditional horror genre.
‘The Conjuring’ is a new film by James Wan, the director known for ‘Saw’ (2004) and ‘Insidious’ (2010). The film, initially titled ‘The Warren Files’, is based on a real story of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a couple who investigated paranormal activities back in 1970s and 80s. The investigators in the film are played by Patrick Wilson (‘Hard Candy’ (2005), ‘Insidious’) and Vera Farmiga (‘Up in the Air’ (2009), ‘The Departed’ (2006)). The story takes place in the 1970s and details the haunting of the Perron family’s home in Rhode Island. The family, a couple and their five daughters, moves into a farm house in Harrisville and soon experiences strange happenings in their house. When the family calls in investigators to help them, they realise that their greatest fears are only beginning to transpire into their day-to-day reality.
‘Insidious’, directed by James Wan (‘Saw’ (2004), ‘Dead Silence’ (2007)), is one of those few psychological horror films that are genuinely scary without sliding into ridiculousness or downright dullness, and that also provides for a very good entertainment in terms of fascinating subject matter, gripping plot, good acting and great sound effects. In ‘Insidious’ the plot centres on the Lambert family, who recently moved into their new house. After Dalton Lambert (Ty Simpkins), a small boy, has a falling accident in the attic, and mysteriously slips into a coma, strange things start to happen in the Lambert family’s new house. When Dalton’s mother, Renai and father, Josh (Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson) start to investigate the causes and nature of strange apparitions and noises, they soon discover that their child’s endless sleep has more to do with the house’s haunting state than they have ever dared to guess.