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Well, what a movie!
I adored The Conjuring but deep down worried the second movie wouldn't measure up, as is often the case with sequels in any genre. However, I was amazed. Not only was it as good, it may actually be better than the first one!
First off, continuing from the first movie, it was terrifying. Whether you are talking about the nun, the old man, or otherwise, The Conjuring 2 proved to be genuinely terrifying, and as a horrorbuff, I don't say that lightly. Whether you like chills, jump-out-of-your-seat moments, or sights so disturbing they plague your conscious and subconscious for days afterwards, this movie will hit the spot.
Again, Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson (Lorraine and Ed Warren - the paranormal investigators) were marvelous. We get to delve deeper into their characters and see what really scares them. Throughout the movie, Lorraine is paranoid that she is ignoring warnings about her husband's untimely demise. So, every time he gets in touch with the other side, we worry something may happen to him.....
We also get to see more of their relationship and how they perfectly suit each other, as well as dipping into their history.
But let's not forget the victims of the haunting, the brave mother Peggy Hodgson (Frances O'Connor) and her children. Peggy's portrayal of a British single mother in what I like to call vintage Britain was second to none. As a Brit living in America, I felt a ton of nostalgia, as well as fear, watching this movie. I imagine non-Brits would find the culture fascinating. It added great depth to the movie by taking the haunting to the United Kingdom. You have the family dynamic which is excellent, then how this dynamic changes when the hauntings start. Even more, when the whole family becomes convinced by the hauntings.
Rarely do reviews give credit to the props, costume, and set department, but here I must. Again, having family that was around during this time, and living in similar conditions in the UK, I was impressed by how realistic and genuine the settings were. Whether it be the school, the house, or the street; everything was brilliantly British
Then, of course, we have the effects. Again, they added to the horror. From hovering people, moving objects etc, they were superb.
One thing that surprised me was the length of the movie. It came in at 2 hours and 14 minutes! I was overjoyed, as most horrors barely reach an hour and thirty minutes. I was also overjoyed, as the movie didn't feel that long. The pacing and structure of the film was handled with expert precision, giving it a well-balanced feel. It wasn't slow but also wasn't rushed. Every scene had significance and was needed for the story and characterizations.
James Wan, the director, is fast becoming a horror legend. So far he has created gems such as the Insidious movies, the Conjuring movies, and Lights Out (which I hear is petrifying). This man knows how to play on our fears and give us new ones! This is the first director I have come across in a long time that can scare, intrigue, amaze, and captivate in every movie. I eagerly await more works from this talented director.
Speaking of which, the spinoff movie 'The Nun' has been confirmed and will be released in 2017! So we at least know we will get one movie from Wan in 2017.
This was a great movie. A slow pace guides us through a manor with a troubling past. I know, cliche, right? But this past was so much more disturbing than I could have ever imagined. This was a past that I actually felt could be real, in the early 1800's perhaps.
Although there were a few scares and unsettling moments, this movie would have been more suited to the thriller / drama genre. There were explosive scenes of emotion and conflict, so much so that I found myself thinking 'that was incredible acting', rather than, 'that was terrifying.'
I feel most horror fans may be disappointed with the movie due to most horrors giving instant gratification to its viewers. People don't have to work when watching a horror movie anymore, everything is instant. You have everything at the click of a button in 2016, and this has bled to stain our movie culture too. Except, this one. 'The Disappointments Room' isn't constricted by the usual simple plot, abundance of gore, questionable acting, and obvious use of music to build up to a scare. The plot in this is interesting, there is minimal gore, the acting is sensational, and all cinematic devices are used in moderation.
Speaking of which, Kate Beckinsale shines in this movie. Her portrayal of a strong, independent, stubborn woman, with a horrible past who is now dependent on medication, is fabulous. There is one particular scene towards the end of the movie where her acting is exceptional! She is one of a few actresses that is both beautiful and genuinely talented. The supporting cast were also impressive.
Even though there are movies set in manors that have a paranormal threat endangering future residents, this one stood out from the crowd. This movie won't blend into the many horrors I have seen set in manors and mansions.
On that subject, the scenery was spectacular. The slow camera panning from shot to shot absorbs all angles of the manor in its creepy glory and its location.
I was surprised to find some comedy mixed in, which provided temporary relief from the chilling history of the place. You have an uncomfortable yet hilarious professional relationship between Kate's character and her hired contractor.
We are actually left with a cliffhanger in regards to the condition of one character. I can't recall a horror movie doing that for many years. At least, not one that I have seen. This was refreshing.
Overall, 'The Disappointments Room' wasn't disappointing at all. With a slow pace, morbid history, outstanding acting, a few chills, and brilliant scenery, it proved to be entertaining and unsettling.
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