Like a magic trick that presents its parts, you have to witness the infestation, oppression and possession to get through this paranormal great!
Warner Bros. Pictures in association with New Line Cinema, Safran Entertainment and Evergreen Media Group present…
Director James Wan (Insidious) brings into fold a story that is actually based on true accounts of a family being haunted in their Farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island in 1971. James who recently teamed up with Patrick from his other horror film “Insidious” and “Insidious 2” were able to get back into the genre with utmost eagerness and palpability!
The Annabelle Case of 1968, a young group of friends sharing their experiences with undisclosed interviewers gives hindsight on what the film is all about. Paranormal Investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren is husband and wife is played by Patrick Wilson (Watchmen) and Vera Farmiga (The Departed), as they try to figure out what is going on with the apartment, is was told that a Raggedy Ann Doll was given to Donna, a Nurse as a present from her Mother that came to life one day. Asking for help, the doll introduced itself to be a spirit of a young girl that was found dead in the field where her original house was built, but that was only the tip of the ice berg…
Alright, this was just the introduction of what things are about to come! First, that doll used in the film was really creepy compared to the actual one already placed in the museum of the Warren’s secondly, the presentation of how they actually revisit these occurrences was outright disturbing! They really want to make sure that this film cannot only be viable due to its original content but how can these manifestations give more meaning to the actual lives of these people as parents of five daughters Ron Livingston (Relative Strangers) and Lili Taylor (Starting Out in the Evening) are Roger and Carolyn Perron who recently transfers to an old house, it was big with narrow hallways, plenty of rooms, a rotting basement and a gloomy backyard that will serve as the catalysts for their story to fully take shape (with white blankets included)!
Going back with the main Protagonists, Ed was being locked on by a very talented actor and singer! A World War 2 Veteran and a former Police Officer, his character depicts honesty and responsibility as earlier manifested with his conversation with a guest in his museum where all things that are placed in that room was either haunted, cursed or was used for voodoo magic! While his Wife Lorraine is a Clairvoyant, very supportive and loving that she made sure to fulfill her husband’s request by continuing their work in helping other people even when he passed away.
In so doing, James was so determined to make this film with emphasis on not just focusing on the run of the mill ghost stories but to work on actual people and events surrounding these phenomena! I like the way how these film makers incorporate the dual concept of sets and their surrounding backgrounds! Like a dark unlit room, a misplaced lonely object, mirrors and their reflections add up camera work, sound effects and lighting what else can you ask for?
There was no need for special effects in order capture the imagination of the audience and by merely telling the story as it happens! Speaking of effects, the music was properly, seamlessly played to enhance these horrific undertakings, even from the start you will know that James and his crew mean business!
It was a fascinating story that relates to other films like “Dark Water”, “Haunting in Connecticut”, “The Ring” and still the best out there which is none other than “The Exorcist”! A recording of Carolyn Perron done by Ed Warren was being turn Producer Tony DeRosa-Grund in which he played it backwards and at the end they discussed that this should be made into a film. For fourteen years, they have not found any company to fund their undertakings until they met Peter Safran owner Safran Entertainment. Together with siblings Chad and Carey Hayes, they were able to refine the script and changed the point of view from the house owners to the “ghost hunters”!
Well, they have been termed or called by these names already even to the extent of “wackos” for that matter! But they need to emphasize that these things are real and trust me they don’t have “ Ecto Meters” nor “Proton Packs” to use to combat these diabolical demons back in those days! At least you can call them simply by their names Ed and Lorraine and pray that they will be there before it’s too late! Some people say that you don’t need to be afraid of these spirits but rather what other people can do to hurt you or your loved ones, but tell me something my friend what will you do when they come after you?
Have a pleasant night…