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Arriving thanks to the great success of James Wan’s “The Conjuring,” “Annabelle” picks up where its predecessor began. I know that doesn’t make much sense, but think of this supernatural thriller as a companion piece versus a sequel. While not as frightening or complex as the original, “Annabelle” is an effective scare fest filled with characters set up well enough to empathize with.

A couple’s home is invaded by satanic cultists. Shortly after, they begin to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll. Upon further investigation, the couple discovers the cultists have summoned an entity so malicious that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now… Annabelle.

Set in the 1970s, “Annabelle” plays out just like a lost film from that era. It takes time to set up each character and give the viewer a reason to invest in their lives. You get attached to them before unholy terror and tragedy reigns down upon each one.

Another reason it plays out like a genuine treasure from the decade of “The Exorcist” and “The Omen” is its focus on the satanic panic movement of the time. The drama unfolds as the Manson Family trial is playing out on the couple’s television. It captures the paranoia of a time when cults and a serial murderer known as the Zodiac Killer was on everyone’s minds. The American public was either fixated or unhealthily fascinated with the dangers of the occult.

“Annabelle” is rated R for intense sequences of disturbing violence and terror. Blood is definitely shed on screen and I agree that some imagery is beyond what we’ve come to expect from PG-13 movies. However, there’s no nudity to be seen.

For those walking into “Annabelle” expecting a “Chucky” movie, you’ll be sorely disappointed. The doll is only one plot device used. The demon manifests itself using several different avenues which I don’t want to spoil entirely here. The most prevalent one is that of the female cult member who “infects” the doll with her tainted blood.

“Annabelle” is a worthy follow-up to “The Conjuring.” It comes as no surprise that producers would focus on the deadly doll as a means of carrying on what could become a franchise all its own. The creepy plaything almost stole the show. Just like Disney is doing with “Star Wars,” Warner Brothers could push out a spin-off film for each object in the Warrens’ occult museum every other year directed by up and coming talent while James Wan handles the “The Conjuring” sequels.

If that does come to light, then I for one am in!!

What did you guys think? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Were you surprised in a good or bad way as to how the movie played out?

Let me know below in the comment section!

Remember that horrifying doll from the 2013 haunted house flick The Conjuring? Well, she’s baaaack — this time as the star of the movie. According to Deadline, The Conjuring is getting a spin-off film titled Annabelle, which will be released in theaters on October 3. The film, which is neither a sequel nor a prequel, will center on that awful doll from the original movie, and is guaranteed to make you shove all of your childhood toys in the back of your closet. No other plot details for Annabelle have been released yet, but one question that comes to mind is whether Annabelle will also claim to be based on a true story, just as the original film does.

The Conjuring is allegedly based on a true story, but how true that true story is depends on whether or not you believe in ghosts. The film follows the Perron family as they move into a home on Rhode Island, which, within about two hours, is revealed to be super haunted. The Perron family calls upon Ed and Lorraine Warren, two paranormal investigators who make it their mission to rid the house of the demonic spirits.

During the film, we see the Warren’s collection of paranormal “trophies,” which includes the terrifying doll, Annabelle. Though Annabelle was redesigned for the film, the doll is a real item that was collected from one of the Warrens’ cases. According to History Vs. Hollywood, a nursing student named Donna came into possession of the doll after it was given to her by her mother. Soon Donna and her roommate, Angie, began noticing that the doll had moved positions around the room on its own. A friend, Lou, who was staying with the women claimed that the doll had tried to strangle him in the middle of the night and gave him visible scratch marks. Soon, the girls started finding notes around the house that said “Help me.” Naturally, this was terrifying, so Donna and Angie decided to take the doll to a medium to fix the problem.

The medium told the girls that the doll was possessed with the spirit of a little girl named Annabelle, who died on the field where their apartment complex was built. She also told Donna and Angie that the girl just wanted to be safe with them and that she wouldn’t mean any harm. They agreed to let ghost doll Annabelle chill with them.

Umm, big mistake.

Lou kept having terrible nightmares about Annabelle attacking him and choking him in his sleep — obviously, he was concerned. When he started seeing random claw marks appearing on his chest, he was downright terrified. Donna and Angie called the Warrens, who realized that it wasn’t the ghost of the little girl in their apartment — it was a demon posing as the ghost girl, so that it could eventually capture Donna’s soul.

The allegedly true story of Annabelle is perfect for a horror movie, and most likely will be the story that the new film uses. It’s certainly horrifying enough — I’m currently in a very brightly lit room, typing this article, and I’m still freaked out. I’ll certainly buy a ticket to see Annabelle when it hits theaters this October which lucky for me I will be in Orlando visiting for 2weeks for Halloween Horror Nights 24 — though don’t blame me if I’m watching it through my hands.

Oh, and if you’re curious about where the real Annabelle is today, you can make a trip to visit the doll… if you dare. She resides at the Warrens’ Occult Museum and is credited with the death of one of the museum’s visitors, who, according to the museum’s website, allegedly got into a motorcycle accident on the way home after taunting the doll. I’m thinking about skipping that field trip.

Annabelle hits theaters October 3.

 

Lionsgate Revving Up For New Saw Film

We knew that “final” Saw movie wasn’t going to be the last by any stretch of the imagination. Let’s face it; with Carrie being the only attraction in theatres this past Halloween, there was a pretty big void at the box office. One that only a horror heavyweight can fill.

Lionsgate is incredibly active in developing an eighth Saw based on the franchise created by James Wan and Leigh Whannell. After a three-year break, Lionsgate is back to their torturous ways and seeking a new direction for the franchise that took over Halloween for nearly a decade. Since its exit, Paranormal Activity has become the reigning champion of the month of October (sans this year).

There appears to be no rush on Lionsgate’s part as they’re seeking the perfect take to move forward. There were rumblings of a remake, while many insiders tell Bloody that they want to continue with Saw 8.

So what do you guys want? A remake/reboot? Another sequel? Or should well enough just be left alone? Sound off below!

The Conjuring is dominating at the box office right now and is well on its way to being the fourth highest grossing supernatural horror film ever.

Of course with any amount of major success means that a franchise is sure to be on its way. Today some more details about a possible sequel have surfaced.

According to AICN, the case file they’re looking at occurs in the late ’70s and centers on two sisters in Enfield, England, who were allegedly possessed. Warren said she personally saw them levitate and even saw one of the sister dematerialize in front of her only to be found 20 minutes later stuffed into an oversized fuse box, contorted in such an unnatural way that they couldn’t have replicated it if they tried.

She also said that the demon spoke directly to her husband on many occasions. Warren cited this case as one of the most terrifying experiences of her career.

It’s pretty exciting news coming out of The Conjuring camp. Do you guys want to see a sequel? Does that story sound interesting to you guys? Feel free to sound off below and stay here for more info about The Conjuring 2.

I went into this movie with high hopes – I mean, its got crazy reviews from almost every other site on the web! That’s all about to change though!

From the get-go it’s eerie. Throughout the movie, the pace often changes and the mood sweeps back and forth (I mean, you can’t be having a freaking happy montage in the middle of a horror movie, it kills the mood). For the most part, this movie delivers the creeps and the subtle use of horror is fantastic. It really draws off of the older style of horror movies. I loved a lot of what this movie had to offer; however, the sloppy effects, poor makeup, and downright useless scenarios really took a toll.

The characters were pretty well-made. For once, there wasn’t really a dumb character, but having five little girls in one family, plus one, is a bit over-the-top. I understand it’s a big family, but they made the girls an afterimage in light of the more rounded adults. There were two characters who really didn’t need to be in this movie – one a cop (who is there to deliver a few punchlines, but pretty useless) and the other the ghost of a maid who appears for maybe 5 seconds before never even being seen or mentioned again. Other than that, there are a couple lame performances that are hit and miss through the film.

A few of the effects are sloppy, including the cuts in the scenes with the montage and objects being thrown (a chair looks completely CGI, if I’m wrong, then it looks really bad regardless). The ghosts didn’t really do it for me either. Ghosts in photographs looked great, costumes were great, and the detail on limbs were pretty decent, but seeing the faces of the ghosts in person looked like cheap, Halloween makeup.

I will say that the exorcism scene was one of the best exorcism scenes in cinema history that I’ve ever seen (I’d give The Exorcism a run for it’s money). If anything, take that scene from the movie as it’s best moment.

I understand that people are latching on to new horror movies, hoping for a horror genre comeback, but talking up this movie isn’t the way to go about it. This obviously isn’t perfect and doesn’t deserve an 8/10. Maybe a 7, if you’re being nice. I respect the performers, writers, the director, and producers, and horror is my favorite genre, but I have my opinions as well. I want the horror genre to succeed, and this movie is definitely a step closer to what we need. James Wan did a hell of a job, but there is still plenty where this movie could improve on.

So, in ending I wasn’t really impressed when I paid close to 10 euros to see it! I get that the movie has made over 100 million now in a mere few weeks but seriously whoever thinks this movie has re-invented horror or any sub-genres in the horror realm is insane! I wanted to enjoy it more but simply couldn’t… I’m glad I’ve taken a few days before reviewing this beacause my review right after would have been a lot worse believe me!! I was fuming at the end… but looking back overall it was pretty solid but I doubt it will be a movie that I will add this one to my home collection anytime soon!

P.S small tip to anyone who hasn’t seen the movie yet… don’t waste your money and wait for dvd… you will thank me!!

6/10

Leave your own thoughts below guys!

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The success of The Conjuring has turned into an unending nightmare for the farms new owners and unlike the movie there is no denying that it’s a real and scary event.  The Conjuring has been a hot topic on our site since we started covering it and it seems that the new family living in the home are facing a terror even scarier then the one depicted in the film.

Since The Conjuring has landed in theaters the elderly couple that live in the home have been hit with harassing phone calls and trespassers who for whatever reason think that they have the right to go and investigate the farm and the spirits that supposedly haunt it.

The couple described as a 60-year-old woman and a 70-year-old man had no involvement in the film and are clearly at this point regretting its box office success. Can you imagine being a 60-year-old woman and being woken up in the middle of the night by people with flashlights on your front lawn? ’Is this the home that the movie is based off?’. Who in their right mind thinks this is ok??

The homeowners also accuse the publicist’s who are promoting the film of releasing pictures of the farmhouse and in doing so helping fans find their home. The homes address has popped up all over the internet as has the new home-owners unlisted phone number according to The Blackstone Valley Newspaper.

I know first hand having seen not only the address posted online but also comments from ‘horror fans’ who have detailed the police presence, and how to avoid it. It has gotten so bad that the Sutcliffe’s temporarily had to move out of the home.

Norma Sutcliffe tells Jim Barron a reporter at The Blackstone Valley Newspaper that the constant harassment and the need for regular police intervention has been much more terrifying than some real or imaginary bumps in the night.

Norma Sutcliffe the current home owner of the Perron Farm tells him quote;

“This is affecting us physically and emotionally and I don’t know long we can take it,” Sutcliffe said. “We put every penny we had into this house,” to fix it up the way they like it, she said. “We wanted to die in this house. It is a beautiful, historic piece of property” that, several years ago, before the movie hype, was written up in Colonial Homes magazine. “And it is being disrespected totally.

The town of Burrillville has recognized that it is one of the most precious properties in town because of its age and value and it is being totally degraded.”

Let me be the first to say that the behaviour of a few die-hard voyeurs does not represent horror fans and this behaviour is completely unacceptable. If you are thinking about going to Harrisville to track down the Perron farm dont! It is not the Perron Farm anymore and the movie may be based on ‘real event’s’ but what is truly real here is the poor family caught in the aftermath of a movie’s success.

The Conjuring is the story of the Perron’s and The Warrens it is not the story of the Sutcliffe’s so leave them alone!

I am sure that James Wan, Warner Brothers and everyone else involved in making the movie does not approve any more than I do of people terrorizing the poor couple living in the home now.

Seriously what are people thinking?

The Conjuring hits theaters this Friday and the early buzz for the film is strong. In the meantime the studio is working hard with various marketing partners to promote the film. The latest of which is a prank video where The Conjuring makes people scream like little girls in a ‘Back Alley Conjuring Prank’. Checkout the video below.

 

 

The powers-that-be over at New Line are expecting to scare up some decent box office cash this weekend as The Conjuringbegins haunting theatres. In fact, they’re so confident in the flick (which they should be since it’s pretty awesome), they’re already thinking franchise.

New Line president Toby Emmerich tells Variety that New Line is exploring a potential franchise based on the Warrens’ investigations, which also involved cases that wound up as the movies The Amityville Horror and The Haunting in Connecticut. “We have Lorraine’s permission and support, and we are working on developing another film,”Emmerich said.

Synopsis
Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story described in the bookHouse of Darkness, House of Light: The True Story by Andrea Perron, The Conjuring tells the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.

From New Line Cinema comes a feature film drawn from the case files of married demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Conjuring stars Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel,” Orphan) and Patrick Wilson (Hard Candy, Insidious) as the Warrens and Ron Livingston (HBO’s “Band of Brothers”) and Lili Taylor (Public Enemies) as Roger and Carolyn Perron, residents of the house.

Joey King (Crazy, Stupid, Love), Shanley Caswell (Detention), Haley McFarland (TV’s “Lie to Me”), Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), and newcomer Kyla Deaver play the Perrons’ five daughters, and Sterling Jerins (World War Z) is the Warrens’ little girl, Judy.

James Wan (Saw, Insidious) directs from a screenplay by Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes (The Reaping). The film is produced by Peter Safran, Tony DeRosa-Grund, and Rob Cowan with Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter serving as executive producers. Reuniting with the director are members of his Insidious creative team, director of photography John Leonetti, editor Kirk Morri, and costume designer Kristin M. Burke, and his Saw production designer, Julie Berghoff. The music is composed by Joseph Bishara.

New Line Cinema presents an Evergreen Media Group/Safran Company Production of a James Wan Film: The Conjuring. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

The film opens in the US and the UK on July 19, 2013.

Before we get to the first official clip of Insidious Chapter 2, which you can check out below. I must fret that if you haven’t seen the first film yet, but plan to, you may want to give the below clip a miss, if not, go check that out.

I for one really liked Insidious, I know many of you didn’t, but to each their own.

The film is directed by James Wan and stars Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, and Barbara Hershey.

SynopsisThe famed horror team of director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell reunite with the original cast of Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey and Ty Simpkins in INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, a terrifying sequel to the acclaimed horror film, which follows the haunted Lambert family as they seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.

Look for this one in theatres this September 13th.

Ed and Lorraine Warren have spent the majority of their lives helping people and families who are suffering through paranormal occurrences. Their exploits are touched upon in The Conjuring, and this week’s EW has taken us into one of the darkest places on the planet.

Over the years Ed and Lorraine have removed objects from the locations of some of their cases that were either causing or contributing to some part of the problem of said hauntings (most notable of which is Annabelle the Doll, featured in the upcoming film). These items are currently locked away and on display inside Lorraine’s home in what has been dubbed their “Museum of the Occult.”

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Synopsis

Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story described in the bookHouse of Darkness, House of Light: The True Story by Andrea Perron, The Conjuring tells the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.

From New Line Cinema comes a feature film drawn from the case files of married demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Conjuring stars Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel,” Orphan) and Patrick Wilson (Hard Candy, Insidious) as the Warrens and Ron Livingston (HBO’s “Band of Brothers”) and Lili Taylor (Public Enemies) as Roger and Carolyn Perron, residents of the house.

Joey King (Crazy, Stupid, Love), Shanley Caswell (Detention), Haley McFarland (TV’s “Lie to Me”), Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), and newcomer Kyla Deaver play the Perrons’ five daughters, and Sterling Jerins (World War Z) is the Warrens’ little girl, Judy.

James Wan (Saw, Insidious) directs from a screenplay by Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes (The Reaping). The film is produced by Peter Safran, Tony DeRosa-Grund, and Rob Cowan with Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter serving as executive producers. Reuniting with the director are members of his Insidious creative team, director of photography John Leonetti, editor Kirk Morri, and costume designer Kristin M. Burke, and his Saw production designer, Julie Berghoff. The music is composed by Joseph Bishara.

New Line Cinema presents an Evergreen Media Group/Safran Company Production of a James Wan Film: The Conjuring. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

The film opens in the US and the UK on July 19, 2013.

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