So – I just watched this and spent some considerable time on Twitter talking with my friends about it (and ABSENTIA) and – I really loved it. I don’t want to get too long into this because I am going to have some beer and then I’ll get all talky and loose lips sink ships and there’ll be spoilers and whatnot so I’ll just go with this: I really enjoyed this movie and – AND – this has at least two scenes in it that kind of – scared me. Not scared me like I wanted to go hide in the coat closet and shut the door and curl up and cry for three days hugging a stuffed animal from my childhood – but it scared me like – that just gave me the fucking goose bumps and I loved it!! – I’m re-watching that! I know we will always differ in opinions but this is my opinion and I really liked this movie. I would probably give it a five because it made me so happy, but there’s a little iffy shit in there here and there but that’s only a distraction and not a condemnation. If you haven’t seen this, I would totally advise watching this in a dark room on a dark night – by yourself. Good shit!!
PART TWO, BEER BUZZED AND RIDDLED WITH SPOILERS (please don’t read if you want to go in with no expectations):
The following is a (mostly) true story text message conversation:
ME: HAVE YOU SEEN THE CONJURING YET YOU FILTHY ANUS?
ME: IT MIGHT JUST MAKE YOU SHIT YOUR FUCKING PANTS
SCROTEY: SO I NEED TO TAKE A SHIT BEFORE I WATCH IT
ME: UNLESS YOU WANT TO GET DIAPER RASH. AGAIN
So there’s that and I’ve had some beers waiting for the wife to get back from another business trip. What can I say? I really, really liked this thing. I thought it was going to be good based on various blogs I read and trust but – this really made me happy. I liked the demure yet tense acting of Lili Taylor, the guy from Office Space whose name escapes me, Patrick Wilson and even Vera Farmiga who has never really done anything for me. She’s a clairvoyant and there’s this one scene where she “sees too much” (on a different case) and I really believed she was terrified.
I thought everything was going just OK until there’s this scene where the youngest daughter, who has been asleep and getting her feet pulled by an invisible entity finally wakes up and sees something behind the open bedroom door. She wakes up her sister in the other bed and she’s all crying and blubbering “There’s someone behind the door!!!! And it’s staring right at us!!” and I really believed in that and it made my goose-bumply and then the door slams shut and I was all “OH JESUS…”
I also really like it in movies when things / people going flying around supernaturally and this has some good scenes with that effect in them. BTW *cachink* I especially liked the one when the daughter is going careening around on the wooden floors and the cast is all trying to fall on her and stop it. The camera work was pretty impressive and I liked the way everything was *almost* from the POV of a character by a Video Recorder. I don’t know – this was good. I would totally watch it again and *YAY* good stuff. If it wasn’t for the schmaltzy last five or six minutes I would probably give this a five. It’s not perfect but it’s good clean fun with killer special effects, good acting, a reasonable story and – it scared me a little. Loved it. *cachink*!
Oh, on a last note, I would never play favorites or question anyone I admire and trust, but a blog friend of mine thought INSIDIOUS was better than this – great!! – but I think this blows INSIDIOUS away. By a large margin.