Directed by James Wan. Written by Chad and Carey Hayes. Starring Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Joey King, Shannon Kook and Mackenzie Foy.
Plot: a family is being terrorized by a dark presence so they call on Ed and Lorraine Warren for help
This movie is sort of The Exorcist meets Dead Silence and I loved that about it. Usually the “Based on True Events” thing throws us off, but this movie managed to pull it off, so well done.
In 1971, a family moves into an old house and their dog Sadie won’t even come inside. That would have been my first clue to NOT go in myself. Where my dog doesn’t go, I don’t go. Of course, they find the dog dead the next morning, but who didn’t see that coming? I did. And I still hate that they put dogs in movies nowadays just to die.
Anyway, it becomes apparent very quickly that something is wrong in their new house. They hear things, see things and are attacked by malevolent spirits, so they call Ed and Lorraine, demonologists, to help them out. Things get worse before they get better, with the spirit in the house actually possessing a member of the family.
This movie scared the crap out of me. I screamed out loud at least twice. It followed the rules it made. The family was likable. It’s rewatchable, had a terrific cast, horrifying effects, solid direction (which I always expect from James Wan), a concrete story, a memorable opening and a nice ending.
My score: 78. DJ: 71.