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Conjure This!

the-conjuring

“Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse” (IMDB, 2013).

 

The Conjuring starts out with the story of this family being terrorized by a porcelain doll inhabited  by an inhuman spirit. However, that is just a real from the Warren’s collection as they talk about their jobs as demonologists and proverbial Ghostbusters (so to speak).  Then we move on to the family moving into the farmhouse before they are terrorized by the spirits that inhabited their home first. Throughout the movie (which is a telling of the true story of the Perron family) the mother is tormented by this woman, and so are her five daughters. Ed and Lorraine Warren leave their daughter, Judy, home and try to save this family from the horrendous past the house holds.

Vera Farmiga plays Lorraine Warren, a clairvoyant woman who is the wife of Ed Warren (played by Patrick Wilson). She does a fabulous job, though I must take a moment and say that I really wanted her wardrobe. Lorraine is a delicate character who portrays herself as a strong woman, but she’s dealt blows from devils and witches and spirits of all sorts that make her weak. She needs the support of her husband. Farmiga does a fabulous job keeping the two parts of the character’s personality visually balanced, though when its time to show her vulnerability she doesn’t hesitate to explode.

 

Ed Warren is the only non-clergical recognized Demonologist and is played by Patrick Wilson. He’s a stronger character than his wife, being unable to see the monsters his wife can. Wilson does well, playing a strong, father-like character once again. He’s a good father, a good husband, and does a good job befriending each of his clients. The protective feel you get from his character slowly travels all over the characters. Wilson seems to be unstoppable. His performance is honest and pure.

Carolyn Perron was the typical mother back in the seventies: a loving wife, a wonderful mother, and a hard worker to keep her family together. Unfortunately, that’s everything that the monster in their new farmhouse loves to feed off of. Lili Taylor (from The Haunting) does a fantastic job portraying a woman tormented and terrorized in her own home. Once again, you find that she does such a realistic job playing a vulnerable woman with her own inner strength. You can’t help, but root for Carolyn through the entire movie, hoping she makes it out alive.

Ron Livingston plays Roger Perron, Carolyn’s loving husband. Roger is a truck driver who stays away from the home in the beginning week, doing his job. However, once the proverbial shite hits the fan, he does the right thing and stays home with his family. His strength dissipates over the course of The Conjuring, losing control of his will the more he loses his wife. Caring for his girls, Roger is the typical father figure. Livingston doesn’t seem to cover the role very well.

 

The Conjuring was a great horror movie that is actually real. Everything that happened in the film, happened to the Perron family. The coolest part of the movie was the end credits. You got all the names on actual family photos and newspaper clippings. About 90% of The Conjuring actually happened. My only problems with the movie was that you really got to know the five girls (Andrea, Nancy, Christine, Cindy, and April), but we don’t get to know Judy Warren as well. You only get snapshots into her life with her parents and grandmother. The other problem is that we don’t get a clearer idea of what had happened to Rory, the little boy ghost, at the end.

 

I give The Conjuring 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

Work Cited

Amazon.com. IMDB. The Conjuring (2013). 2013. <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1457767/?ref_=sr_1>

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“Mama” Don’t Kill My Friends-A Review

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Mama is a horror/suspense movie about kids who were dropped off/abandoned in a cabin in the woods. They’re found years later and reintroduced into society via a psychologist, their uncle, and their uncle’s girlfriend, but they didn’t come back alone…

Warning: Spoilers Below.

So they are taken to this psychologist who tells the uncle that he won’t get the kids unless he takes this house for testing and the like. So they move in and things are fine and dandy until weird things started happening. A lot of them in the beginning aren’t in front of the adults, but Lilly does scare Annabel pretty badly. Then, as the uncle-Lucas-gets closer to them “Mama” starts getting violent towards him. Soon, he ends up in the hospital. Annabel has to take them on by herself. She ends up getting close to Victoria, but Lilly keeps pushing her away. Until one night and then she and Lilly start getting closer. Then, Annabel starts having dreams about “Mama” whom the children have been playing with. 

Mama was an insane woman who broke out of an asylum with her child and tried to kill both of them. They both died, but the kid did not join her in the lake. Instead, he or she ended up hanging from a branch on the cliff. So, Mama started looking for her daughter or son and found Victoria and Lilly. She started raising them. Mama tried to possess Annabel, but stopped because Victoria reminded her that she promised. Then she possessed their aunt who doesn’t have any real importance until here in the movie. Mama takes them back to the cabin. In a big, climatic moment, Mama tries to kill the girls and only succeeds in Lilly. And then the movie ends with no resolution.

Analyzing the Character and the Actors’ Abilities:

  • Annabel was the girlfriend of Lucas. She was kind of bad-ass with short hair and a base guitar that she played in a band. Jessica Chastain was phenomenal. I really did believe that she didn’t want to be around the kids and that she didn’t really know if she wanted to stay in the relationship.
  • Lucas and Jeffrey were played by the same man. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau did a fabulous job playing two different characters. He played the psychopathic father who killed his wife because of the economic crash and tried to kill his daughters. Lucas was the loving uncle harmed by Mama. I much preferred him as Lucas, because sometimes it looked like Jeffrey was just putting on airs. He seemed to not really have loved his daughters.
  • Megan Carpentier played Victoria. She has been Amanda Seyfried’s younger version, according to Internet Movie Database.I think she did a good job being disturbed, but I’m not sure about her as an actress. I cannot really make decisions on children unless they were absolutely horrendous. Victoria has a chance of re-socialization.
  • As with Megan Carpentier, I cannot truly judge Isabelle Nélisse based on her performance as Lilly, but I did enjoy it. Lilly probably wouldn’t have been able to be re-socialized into society.

They were the main characters, so I am not going to go into the others acting, especially since I did actually enjoy this movie and I want to smack the psychologist because he’s an idiot.

Anyways, it was a good movie that had some rather interesting twists that we didn’t see coming until towards the end of the movie. Then it was a typical “cross over” and “possession” film. The cliches did hurt a little.

I give the film Mama 4 out of 5 stars.


Masters of Horror: Ghost Boat Ride

Two seasons. Twenty-six episodes total written by some of the best horror screenplay writers, or so the show says. Its a great concept and as a horror fanatic it seemed like the perfect series for me. I’ve seen it before, but it had been a few years, so when I found it on hulu I thought that I might as well watch it from the very beginning. The link is here. I reviewed each episodes for your enjoyment.

 

Masters of Horror is a series of one hour long stories that does not have a consecutive plot. If you are wondering how that’s possible, well there’s this cult classic from the 1960’s that also had been remastered when I was a child called The Outer Limits. Basically for one hour every week you get a scary or strange storytelling.

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Dream Cruise

 

An American living in Japan started an affair with a friend’s wife. He watched his brother die when they were kids and his friend practically forced him on to their boat named after his wife, Yuri. Eiji’s boat stops working so he goes and checks the propellers. Eiji almost died, but he was fine. He was possessed, though. Jack’s brother’s hat was in the water and his voice came over the radio. I guess it was Eiji’s wife he was possessed by, or his first wife. He attacks Yuri and she’s missing when Jack wakes up. Eiji gets stabbed, but no blood comes out. Then his arm falls off and he starts turning into the mess he would have been if he had not been possessed. Eiji’s hand grabs Jack’s leg and focuses on his wound. Meanwhile Yuri is stuck in the bathroom in serious need of Jack’s help.

Yuri sees as Eiji kills his first wife and feels the blows. We see what really happened. It is painful to watch as Jack fails at knowing the simplest CPR. I think we should rename him. Mr. Idiot manages to get Yuri to breathe by repeatedly hitting her. This does have the Japanese flair that all Japanese ghost stories have, but it could have more. Its too Americanized.

So Naomi takes over Yuri’s body, changing her clothes and making her look like the first wife. The only thing is that would not happen in an actual possession. Jack was just seeing things, like his brother. Ghosts can make you see what they want you to. They end up hiding in the bedroom and after the ghost has some sex with the door it starts to break. Then, we find out the boat has a crawl space and obviously the heroes aren’t smart enough to realize that they must close the door to the crawl space so that her trek to follow them runs too slow. Yuri and Jack have an argument about swimming in the ocean and the jump in.

Then starts the most boring chase scenes in the history of movies and television. They celebrate too soon and Yuri gets pulled under. Some relevant flashbacks to when Jack was a kid and we see his kid brother get Naomi off of Yuri. Brothers protect until the end. I’m assuming they got rescued because the next thing we see are the couple on a boat of their own. She is pregnant and if its a boy they’ll name him after his kid brother. Jack honors his brother sweetly.

The acting in this episode/film was amazing, but I do have a few more issues. It was directed by Norio Tsuruta, but it was not Japanese enough for me. If you are making a horror movie in Japan you have to do it in the same style, that way its more interesting. Americans see the American style all the time. Its the same way with ever other countries. They are used to their style all the time. So, it might be a good idea to do something new.

3 out of 5 remotes.


Masters of Horror: Early Cannibalistic Conspiracy Theories

 

Two seasons. Twenty-six episodes total written by some of the best horror screenplay writers, or so the show says. Its a great concept and as a horror fanatic it seemed like the perfect series for me. I’ve seen it before, but it had been a few years, so when I found it on hulu I thought that I might as well watch it from the very beginning. The link is here. I reviewed each episodes for your enjoyment.

 

Masters of Horror is a series of one hour long stories that does not have a consecutive plot. If you are wondering how that’s possible, well there’s this cult classic from the 1960’s that also had been remastered when I was a child called The Outer Limits. Basically for one hour every week you get a scary or strange storytelling.

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The Washingtonians

 

After the death of his grandmother a man brings his family to her home to go through her estate. He finds a letter behind the canvas of a painting of George Washington in the basement that suggests that there is something that we do not know about him. The Washingtonians are trying to keep that a secret, so they threaten his family. It seems that Washington was a cannibal. I know, its unbelievable. Though they did raise a good point. What do we know about the constitutional congress’ private life? Not much. Some one could have been a cannibal and we would never know it.

The acting was good, not amazing, but good. The reasoning for choosing Washington makes sense, but of all of the men who created our country I seriously doubt Washington would be a cannibal. The fact that the government covers up something that they are trying to reveal about the country makes no sense. I know they needed to find a way to save the family, but I could think of something better. They’d have to prepare them sometime, for example.

2 out of 5 stars.


Masters of Horror: Meet Mr. E. A. Poe

Two seasons. Twenty-six episodes total written by some of the best horror screenplay writers, or so the show says. Its a great concept and as a horror fanatic it seemed like the perfect series for me. I’ve seen it before, but it had been a few years, so when I found it on hulu I thought that I might as well watch it from the very beginning. The link is here. I reviewed each episodes for your enjoyment.

 

Masters of Horror is a series of one hour long stories that does not have a consecutive plot. If you are wondering how that’s possible, well there’s this cult classic from the 1960’s that also had been remastered when I was a child called The Outer Limits. Basically for one hour every week you get a scary or strange storytelling.

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The Black Cat

 

Based on the title one would think that this episode is a video rendition of Edgar A. Poe’s story and in a way you would be right. We watch as Edgar recites a poem for his beloved wife and submit it to a publisher who asks for a story. We watch as he hallucinates time after time. Soon, he is so deeply ingrained in his hallucinations he can’t tell what’s real and what’s not. Such is how “The Black Cat” is formed.

The acting was phenominal and I enjoyed the gothic settings. The blatant gothic overtures thrilled me. I adored the cute little cat. I think its amazing how they incorporated Edgar’s drunkeness and his insanity as it built. His wife was sick while he wrote. I wished I could’ve seen more.

3 out of 5 stars.


Masters of Horror: Another Two for One Spcial!

Two seasons. Twenty-six episodes total written by some of the best horror screenplay writers, or so the show says. Its a great concept and as a horror fanatic it seemed like the perfect series for me. I’ve seen it before, but it had been a few years, so when I found it on hulu I thought that I might as well watch it from the very beginning. The link is here. I reviewed each episodes for your enjoyment.

 

Masters of Horror is a series of one hour long stories that does not have a consecutive plot. If you are wondering how that’s possible, well there’s this cult classic from the 1960’s that also had been remastered when I was a child called The Outer Limits. Basically for one hour every week you get a scary or strange storytelling.

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Right to Die

 

On the way to a party a couple get into an accident. The wife is burned beyond recognition while the husband got away without so much as a scratch. He has a dream that Abby comes to him in the bathtub. Mere moments before we learned that he cheated on his wife. Why would anyone cheat on that babe? He was going to pull the plug, but his mother-in-law decides to sue and take the money that would come with the settlement. Everything is about money here. His side wins and she kills the lawyer.

The husband kills his mistress and his wife died in the hospital. He goes home and decides to hide his crime by throwing it all n the trash before wheeling it out.

The dialogue was believable until he went psycho on us. That wasn’t something that would have actually happened. Also the mistress would not have still been alive after that much skin was taken off. Its just not possible.

1 out of 5 remotes

 

We All Scream for Ice Cream

 

A practical joke turned murder haunts a group of friends into their adult years. When one of the member returns the clown they murdered starts handing out ice cream to their children The children take a bite and one by one they melt like hot ice cream. The clown seemed to torture his wife. Soon there is only one left, the one who left town. He comes at night, is frozen, and hands out killer ice cream bars. What is the moral here? Not to take free ice cream or not to kill people? Or is it both?

Okay, now seriously, aren’t clowns over used? I know everyone has some underlying fear of the things, but seriously? Also, throwing water on a man who is frozen already? Is that really smart? I would think that it would make him more powerful. I mean he’s already frozen. I wish we could have gotten to know Buster a little more than we got. We got the evil one, but what about the goofy, lovable one? I am glad they explained it this time around.

3 out of 5 remotes.

 


Masters of Horror: Valerie the Beauty with the Beast

Two seasons. Twenty-six episodes total written by some of the best horror screenplay writers, or so the show says. Its a great concept and as a horror fanatic it seemed like the perfect series for me. I’ve seen it before, but it had been a few years, so when I found it on hulu I thought that I might as well watch it from the very beginning. The link is here. I reviewed each episodes for your enjoyment.

 

Masters of Horror is a series of one hour long stories that does not have a consecutive plot. If you are wondering how that’s possible, well there’s this cult classic from the 1960’s that also had been remastered when I was a child called The Outer Limits. Basically for one hour every week you get a scary or strange storytelling.

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Valerie On the Stairs

 

In financial trouble, Rob has to move into a house for failed authors. His very first night there he hears banging on his walls and crying. He sees a woman crying out for help on the stairs, but every time he gets close he runs into a wall. He has a nightmare where he’s sleeping with the girl, but a demon takes her away. We get a good look at his neighbors. There is the crazy, cursing lady who yelled at him because he frightened her out of her play thing. His second neighbor is a failed author who is quite a bit older. The third, is a young man who says that he will take everyone who attacks him on.

His second night he sees the girl on the stairs, naked and she willingly goes to the monster to keep him safe. His new friend invites him to his room, but when he looks at his secret novel punches him. Later Valerie and the monster visit him. The monster kills him before having sex with Valerie. Valerie and the Beast belongs to three different writers. Valerie visits the crazy lady and the beast tears out her heart. He and the last living author speak in the room the crazy lady. Rob heads towards the beast’s home. Now, I’d like to say that if the novel they are talking about ever got published for real, I’d probably read it.

In the walls are a bunch of dead girls, including Rob’s ex. The last one was killed by Rob’s ex. He heads on back towards the monster’s home. He fights the beast for Valerie and wins, but when he drags her outside she dissolves into dust. Rob realizes that he’s nothing more than pages of the story and he starts pulling them off of him. Soon there is nothing left, but pages with words on them.

This was a creative episode. Coming from a writer’s point of view its a dream come true, though it didn’t come to be a dream for the writers in that house. The acting was amazing and even though he wasn’t the main character, Christopher Lloyd’s character was my favorite. I loved the setting and the dialogue was very believable until it got to the point that was obviously the fantasy part. Bruce got a little Irish in his acting for a couple of lines.

5 out of 5 remotes.