Posts Tagged ‘The Conjuring

23
Oct
19

The Conjuring 2: Conjure Harder

The Conjuring 2 is an incredible example of how not to make a sequel. I greatly enjoyed the first film, and was honestly surprised by how hokey the second film turned out. This has got to be one of the most precipitous drops in quality from film-to-film in a franchise.

The second film takes Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, respectively) to bonny England to help a family that is being terrorized by a ghost. So, the plot is exactly the same as the first movie. But it’s a horror movie, and that’s to be expected, so no big deal.

Unfortunately, The Conjuring 2 forgot what made the first film work so well. Namely, the building of atmosphere, character development, and not having an over-reliance on jump scares. Startling the audience only works briefly, because the more you do it, the more the audience gets desensitized, and then it becomes ineffective.

So, this film jumps right in with the ghost scaring the family with startles flying left and right. There is no chance to learn about the characters in order to give a shit about them. Oh, some random one-dimensional characters are haunted by a ghost? Big fucking deal. And this time around, the startles are inanely stupid. They include stuff like seeing an old man in a television (which made me laugh pretty hard), the old man lunging out of the shadows, furniture being thrown around, and a crazy nun popping up in front of people. None of these scares work because there are far too many of them, and they are ridiculous. Are we supposed to find a cranky old man in a bathrobe scary? The nun was kind of creepy, but she wasn’t the focus. She should have been the main antagonist. The old man just wasn’t scary.

Clearly, they were either stoned or under a serious deadline when they wrote this movie. It’s idiotic from start to finish. It offers nothing to the horror genre, and it is funnier than it is scary. It is a generic horror sequel through and through. What a let down.

Verdict: Bad

26
Oct
13

Room 237, Insidious, The Conjuring

Room 237

Whacked out conspiracy theories await…

If you are a fan of The Shining, then you will probably be interested in watching Room 237, a “documentary” about Stanley Kubrick’s most famous film. Room 237 isn’t so much a documentary as it is a collection of various fan interpretations about the actual film. There is no behind the scenes footage, there are no actor retrospectives, hell, the people talking about the film don’t even show their faces. What we see are various scenes from The Shining and the fans providing voice-overs as they describe their interpretations.

The thing that makes Room 237 great is the interpretations themselves. These aren’t just any run-of-the-mill kinds of things. These people go fucking crazy with what they believe the film is about. One person believes the film is a metaphor for the massacre of the American Indians, another that the movie is really about the WWII holocaust of the Jews, and yet another that the film actually exists as a subtle message to the world that the moon landing was fake and Kubrick himself had directed it.

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