Based on a true story, the film 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.
I mentioned this in a few of the trailer articles I posted, but I had the opportunity to attend two demonology seminars presented by Ed and Lorraine Warren when I was in college. Ever since I first saw my first trailer for The Conjuring, I was wondering if any of the case files that were discussed at the seminar were going to make their way onto the screen. I am very happy to report that they did.
The main case file that is discussed in this film is the story of the Perron family who moved to an old farm house. Strange things started happening, and the children seem to be the most influenced. The Warren’s are contacted after things escalate at the house and the family feels that they are in real danger. During the investigation, the Warren’s find out some history about the property, which includes satanism, murder, suicide, and all sorts of warm, fuzzy, and happy things. Introducing the religious, investigative Warren’s into the mix provokes the entity or entities to act more violent. That’s about as far as I want to go.
The intro of the film (and a reoccurring character throughout) is this creepy evil little doll named Annabelle. Annabelle is a gateway for a malevolent entity that is terrorizing two nurses. One thing I appreciated about this little sub-story is the fact that this is one of the case files the Warren’s discuss at their seminars. While the doll wasn’t as creepy in real life (it was a Raggedy Ann doll), the story did pretty much follow the case file they presented at the seminar. This added to the ambience of the film for me. Having previous information from the seminar gave me a little different take (And maybe a little bit more of an invested terror. The seminar scared me to death. Stupid doll.)
Why was this movie so scary? It didn’t force the scares. All of the horror was natural without a dependence on added jump scares (trust me, I jumped enough for everyone). All of the effects were convincing and helped increase the horror atmosphere. Too often, movies depend excessively on either the scares or the story without merging the two to create a truly terrifying film. In James Wan’s hands, there was a perfect mix of the two as well as pure character development. We were able to identify and feel for the Perron family. That is another facet of movie making that fails in a large percentage of films released today.
One additional point. Several times during the film, Lorraine and Ed talk about how they were brought together to help people. Their love and support was very evident in the movie. It made me sad to think that Ed Warren had passed away a few years ago. They were an excellent team who were/are recognized as the leading paranormal investigators.
This is a first for me since I started writing for Lytherus. Overall, with the excellent story, scares, and believable characters, I am going to rate this movie a 10 out of 10. I can’t believe that I’m doing it, and I’m sure there will be some people who disagree. If you don’t agree, I am sticking with my belief that you have no soul. We need an old priest and a young priest to get the evil out of you.
If you haven’t watched it yet, go now. I don’t know how effective the film will be when watching at home. The theater experience definitely adds to the terror. As another side note, try not to sleep with your feet outside of the blankets.
If you did see it, tell me what you thought! Leave me a message below!