The Conjuring 2 (2016)

This film builds fast and doesn’t waste any time in scaring you, repeatedly! The creepy events have moved from USA to the UK, and what better than a gloomy overcast street in North London to freak you out!

The two leads from the previous film are retained. Patrick Wilson is steady whereas his wife Vera Farmiga is effective in communicating her ordeal with the audience. The Hodgson family is simple and supportive, with 4 siblings and a single mom, life is tough in the 70s. Two characters who deserve special mention are Frances O Connor who plays the mother and Madison Wolfe who plays Janet.

Janet is a mind blowing talent. To carry off this level of trauma and terror was unbelievable. Reminiscent of previous works in this genre, it would be mentioned in one of the best. The mother, Peggy has an uphill task of survival as it is, but puts up a brave face and shows strength in terrifying circumstances.

The verdict? James Wan makes a film with enough tense moments which do not give you much time to recover! The end was rushed and some plot points were unexplained but it achieved what it set out to! An old friend makes a cameo right in the last scene, a welcome reminder that there might be a part 3.

3.5/5

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Furious 7 (2015)

When horror director James Wan punches out such a high intensity billion dollar grossing action film, you can’t do anything but let adrenaline take over.

This time round the stunts are crazy, they are REAL ( yes even the air drop one) and there isn’t a lot of CGI used. Some witty and well timed one liners call for an applause, but the most commendable achievement was keeping true to its core theme: thrills galore!

While the villains are menacing, we have an indefatigable bunch of people who stick it out in seemingly impossible scenarios. Yes some of the stuff is unbelievable, but what else did you expect?

A fitting tribute to Paul Walker and guess what? Vin diesel does have a new facial expression 🙂

A thrilling ride that doesn’t stop even at part 7!

3.5/5

The Conjuring (2013)

Demonic activity is haunting the Perron family in their new home. Things which one could brush off as odd or unusual turn nasty and terrifying. The specialists in the field for ‘paranormal activity’ are the Warren couple, who can see, feel, test and document such events, to come up with the most suitable solution.

The premise is simple and so is the climax. What I wasn’t looking for, or rather wasn’t prepared for, was the way this film would DISTURB me. Yes it has the regular horror dose, building up slowly, using elements of fear, the unknown, surprise and a little gore. For seasoned horror viewers, this film may seem tame, but for me it gave the complete ‘blocking your ears and peeking through half opened eyes protected by parted fingers edge of your seat hardly breathing’ experience.

Director James Wan makes use of fine camera work, excellent back ground score and very authentic 70s feel, which made the already disturbing experience REAL. There are more forces at work here than a single problem, which make it all the more challenging for the viewer to digest or predict.

Based on true events, me, a non-horror person, suggest that you watch it!

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3/5