A much anticipated and highly touted horror flick of the year 2017 has arrived in cinemas, and since opening day it has created a great revenue and generated a growing buzz around how scary it is. Well, last night I went to the cinemas and indulged in the newest addition in The Conjuring franchise.
The origin namesake film has some lofty standards due to it’s precursors, and from the minute it began, it lived up to the hype, to a certain degree. By this large and vexing statement i mean that the film was very adaptive to cinematic viewing, and the word scary that has been used so far to describe it if fair, but horrifying or creepy, no, just no.
The movie starts hard and heavy, and with some good panning, a great use of sound and a tense narrative, this movie was packed with James Wan-esque and typical David F. Sandberg jump scares and intense action packed technologically enhanced demonic scares. It was thrilling, and the movie didn’t let up with it seeming to be scare after scare after scare. What i didn’t like about this way the origins of the creepy doll we all have the imprint of, is how this directed the plot and was the main horror theme and trope used to induce fear into viewers. Due to this, the story line almost seemed nonsensical and actually weak, with a lack of dialogue, no character development and no depth, it seemed to be more about keeping the viewers gripped to their seats over creating more lore in the franchise. This is not the worst outcome whatsoever, because it did tie in with the series due to it’s nature of being scary movies, but once the lights turned on and it was all said and done, a breath of disappointment and lack of fear entered the air.
What i wanted as a Conjuring fan shouldn’t be taken away from a good movie, but the overall journey wasn’t exactly what i expected. Although he one moment that the film did exceed my expectations was tying the ending to the original.
It was a great ride whilst it lasted, it didn’t stray from the franchise, and was an overall good movie. Yet, it’s own directing outdid itself, and as terrifying as it should’ve been, it really was more a scary movie, then a horror movie that will be remembered as years go by.