13 Days Til Halloween

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13 days ’til Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, 13 days ’till Halloween, Silver Shamrock!

Who can guess what movie that is from?

So, it has been quite a while since I have posted any reviews. I have been so busy lately; it’s ridiculous how much I have had going on. But, I’m writing today to announce that it is almost Halloween…13 days! 13 is my favorite/lucky number, hence, why it also appears in Film Junkie’s URL. I’m hoping to post a few things these next couple days until Halloween about some of my favorite and/or iconic horror films. I’m thinking something along the lines of reviews, trivia, and where are they now posts.If you have any suggestions of horror films that you would like me to review or do a where are they now post, then please let me know! Comment below with your suggestions. Also, I will try to continue with Trivia Tuesday.

I also have some VERY exciting news. It is somewhat movie related, but I will announce the news sometime tomorrow.

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The Conjuring

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Warning: Contains some spoilers

The Conjuring movie poster

The Conjuring movie poster

The Conjuring is a horror/thriller film released on July 19. The film is directed by James Wan, the same man responsible for Saw, Insidious, and the upcoming Insidious: Chapter 2. The film is rated R for sequences of disturbing terror and violence. The film has a 7.8 out of 10 rating on IMDb.

The film is based off of a true story about the Perron family and the horror they endured when moving into a new home back in the 1970s. The film does not only follow the Perron family, but paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren are also prominent characters in the film.

Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) Warren are paranormal investigators that have participated in many investigations and when approached by Carolyn Perron (Lili Taylor) about a haunting in her house they agree to come check it out. Ron Livingston plays the part of Roger Perron, Carolyn’s husband.

The thing about this film compared to more recent horror movies is that it isn’t all about blood and guts. In fact, from what I recall, there isn’t much blood and definitely no guts at all. What I liked about this film is, not only is it set in the 70’s, but this film is almost reminiscent of horror films from that same decade. Such as The Shining, for example. The Conjuring relies on the setting, the tone (which is set from the very beginning), even the musical score, to induce a creepy feeling in the audience. There aren’t even that many “jump scares” present. One scene in particular is seen in the trailer, so while watching the movie, you know it’s about to happen because it was in the trailer. Unless, of course, you never saw the trailer before seeing the film. With this film the less is more vibe is put off and it works. This movie had a lot of hype surrounding it. Especially since the film is rated R based purely on how terrifying it is. The film has no sexuality or nudity and pretty much no cussing.

Ed & Lorraine Warren

Ed & Lorraine Warren

The film has almost two different plots going on. One being the Perron haunting and the other being the possessed doll named Annabelle. The majority of the film is focused on the Perron family, but the Warren’s and their daughter are also a focal point. To some film-goers having the film not focus on just the Perron’s might be confusing, but I liked getting to have that inside look into the Warren’s personal life.

Carolyn &Roger Perron with their daughters

Carolyn & Roger Perron with their daughters

The real Perron daughters with their respective film counterparts.

The real Perron daughters with their respective film counterparts.

I liked the use of The Zombies’ “Time of the Season” (great song) in the film. Also, the song “In the Room Where You Sleep” by Dead Man’s Bones, a rock duo consisting of actor Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields, was a pleasant surprise. Even though it is not a song from the 1970’s, it actually works really well in the film. The musical score is also really good.

I think the one scene that would frighten most people would be the exorcism/possession scene. Seeing Carolyn Perron possessed was pretty eerie. Of course, the film ends happily. There is a reference to Amityville at the end of the movie. When Lorraine gets off the phone with the priest, she says to Ed that the priest has a case in Long Island he wants to discuss with them. Ed and Lorraine, in real life, worked on the Amityville case, which the film The Amityville Horror is based off of. The film is left open for a sequel, which I read is actually in the works and Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are already signed on to reprise their roles as Ed and Lorraine. Another thing, Lorraine Warren served as a consultant, as well as one of the Perron daughters (Andrea, I believe) and both have stated that the film is very close to how the events really played out.

A fun fact I’d like to end this review with is about the Annabelle doll. In the movie, the doll is depicted as a porcelain (and extremely creepy) doll. However, in real life, the doll was a Raggedy Ann doll. I would imagine that if they used a Raggedy Ann doll in the movie, people probably would’ve laughed. However, who would suspect a Raggedy Ann doll would be possessed by something evil? If I went to someone’s house and they had a Raggedy Ann doll I would think  nothing of it. But if I went to someone’s house and they had the porcelain doll instead I would automatically think that thing was possessed and going to kill me. Haha. For those that might be interested about reading more about the real events, check out this website: http://www.warrens.net/index.html The website talks about the Annabelle doll as well as a few other things Warren-related. After I saw the film I had wanted to learn about the real events and this is one of many sites I had checked out.

The real Annabelle doll on the left; the movie version on the right.

The real Annabelle doll on the left; the movie version on the right.

Tell me, if you were the director of this film, would you have used the same doll that was used in the film or would you have kept it as it was in real life and used a Raggedy Ann doll?

Long Time, No Write

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So, it’s been a while since my last review. I guess June 10th (my review on The Purge) was only a few weeks ago, but it seems like it’s been a lot longer. I have been pretty busy with some things. I still have found time to go to the movies though 🙂 So, hopefully in the coming week I’ll be able to get some new reviews rolled out. I’ve seen a lot of new movies in the past couple weeks and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on them.
In the meantime, for my fans of horror films, here’s a picture of Exorcist Twister.

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Evil Dead

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Warning: Contains some spoilers

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“The Evil Dead” 1981 poster

At the beginning of April, the film “Evil Dead” was released. For those that do not know, this film is actually a remake of a film from 1981: “The Evil Dead” Now, if you have seen both films you will notice some similarities, but overall they are kind of two completely different films. The original one was made on a low budget, about $350,000. The film was directed by Sam Raimi who would go on to direct major films such as Spider-Man (2002) and starred Bruce Campbell who has acted in a couple of cult classic films, some of them B-movies, but he has remained a popular actor, especially among horror film fans. The Evil Dead was released in 1981 and all these years later it has become a cult classic. There’s even an Evil Dead musical. The acting in the film is…not that great. Some scenes are overdone. It’s supposed to be a horror film, but seems more like a comedy. Also, the make-up on the possessed characters is not the best; there are moments where you can see the actor’s real skin color. There’s a scene where the character Cheryl has been possessed and the other characters proceed to get her down into the basement. Before they close the door of the basement one of the male characters is beating up Cheryl and you can clearly see it’s a dummy. That scene made me laugh so hard. However, these faults are kind of what make the movie. I mean, most cult movies tend to be movies that didn’t do well in theaters, but gained popularity among a certain group of people. I watched the original Evil Dead film on Netflix the other day and even though it was by no means the best movie I’ve ever seen, I do know that I will be watching again in the future, possibly around Halloween 🙂

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“Evil Dead” 2013 poster

Now, time to talk about the new Evil Dead film. Like I said in the beginning, there are a few similarities between the old and new movie, but overall they are different. The new Evil Dead is more of a reboot than a remake. One of the main things that makes this movie so different from the original is the violence. This movie was disgusting. I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way, it just had a lot of scenes that were really bloody, graphic, and gruesome. There are definitely people who will watch this that will be scared and grossed out. If you don’t get scared you will at least be a little grossed out by at least one scene. The movie starts out with a group of 20-somethings on their way to a remote cabin. Now, unlike the original where it was just a group of people going to a cabin for a fun weekend, in the new film the characters are there to help out their friend, Mia (Jane Levy) who is a heroin addict. During this film I found myself not really caring about the characters, I didn’t really care if they died or not. The characters are, David (Shiloh Fernandez), Mia’s brother, Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci), Olivia (Jessica Lucas), and Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore), David’s girlfriend. The character Eric was not that interesting and he especially annoyed me when he began to read from the Book of the Dead aloud. If I remember correctly, wasn’t Eric a teacher? Shouldn’t he be smart enough not to be reading out of a book where someone has clearly written in it saying not to read the book at all?? Natalie seemed out of place to me. She was just David’s girlfriend, she wasn’t really friends with those people. At first I kind of felt bad for her because if she wasn’t with David, she wouldn’t be there and end up dead, but then I got to the point where I didn’t really care about her anymore. I didn’t really care all that much for Olivia either. Overall, it just seemed that most of the characters lacked any common sense/intelligence and as the audience we weren’t really given much of an opportunity to really get to know the characters. Although, Mia and David didn’t really bother me that much compared to the other characters. One thing I think could have been done differently was the opening scene. I felt like it kind of spoiled what was going to end up happening to Mia. In my opinion, that scene should have appeared later on in the film. When David and Eric discover the basement with cats hanging from the ceiling and the burnt wooden post, as I’m watching that scene all I could think was how it wasn’t anything new or creepy because as the audience we already know what happened down there–it was the very first scene in the movie! To have the audience connect better with the characters when they are discovering the basement and feel creeped out like the characters and have us wondering what happened there, the opening scene should have maybe happened when Eric starts looking through the Book of Dead as a flashback scene. However, this movie is really fast-paced. Bad stuff starts happening somewhat early on in the film. The make-up of the possessed characters is top-notch and those yellow eyes…real creepy! Is this a movie I’d watch again? Yeah, I think I will watch it again sometime. If you don’t like bloody, gory movies don’t watch this film. There are multiple gruesome scenes–there’s a scene where a character tries to cut their face off. The tagline on the poster says: “The most terrifying film you will experience”…more like “the most gruesome film you will experience”
One last thing that I thought was interesting…the first letter of the names of the characters spell out the word DEMON.

Movie Genre?

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What is your favorite genre of movies to watch? What about least favorite genre?

Personally, I’ll watch just about every genre, I really like horror movies. Yes, sometimes horror movies can be incredibly cheesy, but that’s kind of what I love about them. My mom is a big time horror movie fan, so I’ve grown up watching a lot of scary movies because of her. Watching so many scary movies is probably why I don’t get scared watching horror films. For least favorite…well, I don’t exactly have a movie genre I really hate watching, but I’m not exactly a huge fan of foreign movies. Having to read subtitles while watching a movie can sometimes be, well for lack of a better word, annoying.