I love horrormovies.
So when buzz starts to generate on the internet that James Wan’s latest directorial effort is his best to date, I get excited.
The director of Saw and Insidious has done some great stuff up to date and from more than one perspective: yes, his latest is his greatest.
The cast consisting of ‘Insidious’ veteran Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as the investigators Ed and Lorraine are great.
The family who ask them for help is equally great with Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor as Roger and Carolyn, the parents of 5 ! daughters who take residence in their rural home.
So with that being said, and the general outline of the story now known to you, there’s always that big question with any horror movie: is it scary?
And here’s where the trouble began for me…
The movie began with a short story about 2 nurses having a doll which started to go ‘Chucky’ on them.
It serves as a, rather cheesy, introduction to the Warren’s as that intro leads into their classroom where they educate their students on their paranormal investigations.
Soon after the movie divides itself into 2 separate stories.
One details the family moving into the house, the other follows the Warren’s daily business until the inevitable meeting between the two which leads to the finale of our movie.
The way that director James Wan shot the movie adds a lot, it’s got a distinct 70’s feel, with lots of zoom close ups, a few very well done upside down tracking shots and period music.
Knowing what we’re in for with Wan, it’s not long until the knocks and creaks and ghostly doings in the house start to rear their ugly head.
The problem is, it just isn’t scary.
We’ve seen it all before, the childrens laughter, the knocks, the parents being confused what is causing it, the daughter having an invisible friend, the experts being brought in.
I’d hand it to Wan, I haven’t seen it all in one movie, but if you love horror like I do, chances are there isn’t one moment in that movie that’ll make you go crazy (in a good way).
At times it was even frustrating to me, as I know that I am watching a very well made horror movie, but it just wasn’t doing it for me.
On top of that, if you watch the embedded trailer you’ve seen the entire movie. I really hope this trend gets put to a stop where the trailer gives away everything about a movie.
I’d still give it high marks for being excellently shot, well acted (especially for a horror movie) with even the kid actors being nowhere near as irritating as they can be in a movie, and lots of scares (for the regular crowd).
The scariest thing about The Conjuring, to me, was the fact that it was based on true stories.
And that means that the possessed doll exists, and I don’t want to live in a world that has possessed dolls.
So with that thought I’ll leave you guys to check out James Wan’s greatest movie to date.