Story of the supernatural cases: The Conjuring

Films are a reflection of what’s happening around us. The environment and incidents which might not be naturally occurring are supernatural. Ed & Lorraine Warren are an example of such cases; they were demonologists in the haunting and scary cases faced by some families in the US.

The Conjuring is one such horror movie which was based on the true life events of the Perrons.  The film’s story crawls under one’s skin and makes you think about the ghastly tale behind it. The Perron family moved into a shabby farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island. Mr. & Mrs Perron had 5 daughters and a dog named Sadie. Within a few days, a series of mysterious events happened (no spoilers).

The Warrens were called, investigations happened and they deduced a paranormal activity in the Perron’s farmhouse. They wanted an exorcism to be performed at the place but needed the permission from the Church. What followed was a downward spiral of unfortunate and frightening events which put the Perrons and the Warrens on their toes.

In their investigation, the Warrens found out about the lady (who was accused of being a witch) who might have been the root cause of all these events. She had sacrificed her child and cursed the place before committing suicide since then anyone who owned the place had died somehow and Perrons were the recent victims of the eerie things happening inside the house. The story of the lady roots back to 19th century when witchcraft was an open practice. She was branded a witch and her spirit caused menace and numerous deaths in the farmhouse.

Many families came but none survived, it was either a mass suicide or a mass murder by one of the family members who later committed suicide. Ed & Lorraine helped the Perrons with all might, they were attacked by unknown forces and their daughter almost lost her life. The Perron’s had their share of sufferings too, the girls were warned or abused by the spirit in one or the other way, the witch’s spirit finally held Mrs Perron, she was possessed.

The witch’s spirit in Mrs Perron’s body wanted to kill the daughters. Warrens needed time but they hadn’t any. An exorcism was needed as soon as possible and Warrens needed a priest. But the events were so fast; Ed Warren decided to take the matter into his own hands. He succeeded.

Although, it is often thought that what followed was a chain of hauntingly mysterious events. Did he do it correctly? Or was the spirit strong enough for him? These questions can be answered only by Lorraine as Ed is no longer with us.  That’s what the movie The Conjuring is all about, a tale of a couple who see supernatural matters differently.

Warrens and their cases have been portrayed in other horror movies like Amityville Horror,  The Haunting in Connecticut, The Haunted and Annabelle. Apart from movies, a number of shows, television series and documentaries have covered their investigations.

Same Titles, Different Movies: Sequels of Horror Movies

Horror movies are one of the genres of movies which can fill cinemas to the brim, with their faithful viewers always on their feet at the mention of the release of a new horror movie. The faithfulness of these moviegoers come a long way, to the point that a simple movie can branch out to a full-blown film series, which moviegoers highly anticipate to watch. Lucky for these fans, the year 2017 is the year of reboots and sequels as the classic horror movies are given their modern-day versions, and the long-lasting film series are incremented with another iteration of the films.

Amityville: The Awakening is the tenth installment of The Amityville Horror film series, and the nineteenth overall. With a set release date on June 30, the latest installment plays with a new family who has moved into a new house, only to know, after the occurrence of strange events, that they have moved into the infamous Amityville house. The movie starts Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan, Jennifer Jason, Leigh, Thomas Mann, Jennifer Morrison and Kurtwood Smith.

The famous girl that jumps out of the screen is given her third movie of The Ring. Scheduled for release on February 3, 2017, Rings (2017) relives Samara Morgan’s urban legend thirteen years later from the first movie, a young woman giving herself the job of saving her boyfriend from the apparent death brought upon by the cursed videotape.

Suspiria, an Italian horror film from 1977, has been lauded for its visuals, which has never fallen short of gore and effects. Now, it’s set to have a remake for this year, with Luca Guadagnino directing. The cast includes Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Chloe Grace-Moretz and Mia Goth, the first two having previously worked with Guadagnino. However, for the fans of the original, they might be seeing something entirely different from the original’s evocative lighting, as the director himself has said the remake has a different approach to the material.

Although considered to be the lowest grossing horror franchise in the United States, the Hellraiser series has gotten itself a new movie in its arsenal, set for a 2017 release date. Hellraiser: Judgment is the tenth installment of the series, written and directed by Gary J. Tunnicliffe, who promises that this sequel will not be for the sake that current rights holder Dimension Studios can keep their rights for the franchise, unlike the previous Revelations. The cast includes Paul T. Taylor, Heather Langenkamp, Damon Carney, Randy Wayne and Alexandra Harris, among others.

There are franchises like the Friday the 13th and the sequel of movies like World War Z which has films with an expectant return to the big screen for this year, only to be delayed for the next years to follow. Nevertheless, the fans of the franchises which are getting refreshed this year will surely get their horror senses tingling and make a run to the cinemas for the release of yet another movie that can give them the scare that they want. Or, if you’re a newbie in the horror genre, you can start watching the classics, just in time to finish them for the release of the new ones. Either way, it makes everyone happy, or horrified, for this context.

Psychologically Scary: Horror Movies that Scare You of Yourself

There are many ways to scare a person, and horror movies recognize that, resulting to a wide variety of horror subgenres that cater to the type of scares that people want. Some want the common ghosts or the serial killers, but some want something that will scare them of something that’s inherent to the human person. This gave birth to the psychological horror genre, which relies on the mental, emotional and psychological status of characters to scare people. Here we’ll be listing four movies which are worthy for a good watch for those who want to be psychologically frightened.

Jacob’s Ladder (1990) is an American film directed by Adrian Lyne and stars Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, and Danny Aiello. The titular character is a Vietnam War veteran who’s been plagued by hallucinations and flashbacks, becoming insane as everything morphs into disturbing images. The movie is known for its intense playing of the viewers’ emotions, making them question as to what has actually been happening in the movie. There is also a remake in the making with a set date on 2017, so fans of the original will have to look forward to.

Shutter Island (2009) is a movie which focuses on US Marshal Teddy Daniels and his pursuit of a brilliant murderess from the clutches of the titular island’s Ashecliffe Hospital, an asylum for the criminally insane. It is one of director Martin Scorsese’s highest grossing work, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, and Emily Mortimer as the cast. The plot twist at the end has kept people in the dark as to what it means, and you’ll surely be one of them if you decide to watch it.

The Blair Witch Project (1999) is a movie that is said to have popularized the found footage filming technique. Directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sànchez, the film posits that three student filmmakers have taken on the job of researching about a fictional legend known as the Blair Witch, but the three disappear and what’s left is their equipment found a year later; the “recovered footage” is the film the viewer is watching. The film proves that what scares us isn’t the source of the scare, but the scare itself and the playfulness of one’s imagination.

The Shining (1980), although first received with mixed reviews, has been now widely regarded as one of the greatest horror films ever made. Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, Jack Torrance, played by Jack Nicholson, is tasked to guard the Overlook Hotel for the winter, and plans to use the time to write, but little does he know that the hotel has secrets in its maze-like structure.

Psychological horror movies deviate from the usual horror movies, which usually fills movies with ghosts and serial killers and gore. Nevertheless, these movies prove themselves worthy of the horror tag, scaring people not of the external horrors of the world, but of the inherent evils that every person has. These four movies would surely take you to a ride of the internal conflicts of a person, and how scary it can be.