Thursday, 22 August 2013

A true fright fest!

It's been a little over than a week since I watched The Conjuring and I must say it still scares the daylights out of me. I've always been a fan of this genre. And it had been quite some time since I had seen a 'good horror movie'. Okay, let me tell you what, according to me, a 'good horror movie' comprises of. It needs to have those three very important things: A good story, good characters, and a good score. And that is why this film is a horror movie buff's dream come true. It's the kind of movie that would stay with you for a long time. The kind of movie that would make you sit up at the slightest sound. The kind that would make you think twice before venturing in the dark all alone or make even random objects seem unearthly. The classic horror movie feeling (The Exorcist, The Amityville Horror) brought back in vogue, courtesy - Director James Wan (Saw series). Personally, I prefer horror movies that have the ability to instill fear in you even without someone's brains spilling out or a ghoul with freakishly long hair that inexplicably keeps getting in the way of everyone involved, or a lot of blood and gore. It does NOT mean that I can't handle it, but I just prefer the whole tension building element in a movie. It is more fearful when you know that there's someone out there but you can't see it rather than having a ghost coming right at you. The story is quite engaging as it unravels slowly and gradually and everything that has been shown in the movie is related at some point, like the Annabelle angle. I also liked the way they've weaved two stories together - that of the Perrons and the Warrens. Their stories move in sync and you are introduced to each of their lives simultaneously. The characters are believable, their problems are authentic, their pain is convincing. Especially Vera Farmiga, who does an amazing job at making even trivial things seem scary with her credible expressions. Loved the ruffled collar look. Lili Taylor as the harrowed mother of five is truthful in her portrayal. And finally the score! Joseph Bishara gives a spine chilling background score that only amplifies your fear. Even in moments in the film when you won't see something lurking in the background you'll surely be going crazy anticipating something due to the music. There were quite a lot of scenes that give you that familiar jolt that only a genuine horror movie can give. One of the scenes had my mom shrieking! (Sorry, mom) Still, the above was just MY opinion of the movie which I found to be quite engaging. There are some pinheads out there who just don't know / can't appreciate a good fright fest when they see it . But a movie like this makes me brood over why we can't come up with stuff like this? Genuine horror that doesn't need the crutch of 3D viewing to lure people inside the theatres. This one's surely going to go in the DVD library! Loved every minute of it!


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