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The Conjuring / The Babadook / It Follows

Reed Rothchild


Which ones have you seen?  

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  1. 1. Which ones have you seen?

    • The Conjuring (2013)
    • The Babadook (2014)
    • It Follows (2015)
    • None of the above

The Conjuring (2013)

The Conjuring (2013) - IMDb

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

The first James Wan movie to appear on the list, and the first of like a thousand movies in the greater "Conjuring universe."  Most of them tend to not be very good.  But they came from a solid foundation.

I wouldn't say this movie brings a ton of new ideas to the table.  Even for a Wan movie - Insidious predates it by a few years.  What it does do, is take 40 years worth of horror tropes, and deliver them at a high level. 

Especially the jump scare.  This movie has a ton of them.  If I dared watch it with my wife she'd probably scream loud enough to get the police called.

But it doesn't lean entirely on that, as the entire movie fosters a creepy atmosphere that leaves you constantly uneasy.

Finally, shout out to a stellar cast, led by Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson.

The Babadook (2014)

The Babadook (2014) - IMDb

A single mother and her child fall into a deep well of paranoia when an eerie children's book titled "Mister Babadook" manifests in their home.

This is one of those movies that people seem to either love, or not care for so much.

I don't know why people don't like it.  Maybe there's too much subtext for them.  Not that it matters, because even if you're just looking for a straightforward horror movie, it delivers.  It is creepy as all fuck, with some of the most tense scenes in the last couple decades of horror, a great monster, and, again, a great cast, with a child lead who more than holds his own.

It Follows (2015)

It Follows (2014) - IMDb

A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter.

Speaking of... this is yet another movie that people either rave about, or abhor. 

In fact, I saw it in the theaters with a group of buddies (something I usually avoid at all costs, as I find it much scarier to watch movies by yourself in the dark), and afterwards we were basically split down right down the middle.  Some of us absolutely loved it, and some of thought it was one of the worst movies they had ever seen.  Browsing the internet later, turns out those sentiments are not unusual for this movie.

I'm obviously in the former group.  Watching this movie is a trip, and unnerves you in the simplest, yet highly effective way.  I adore it for that.

This is also yet another movie where subtext reigns supreme.  Luckily, it works without it too.  You can take the plot entirely at face value and still have a great time.


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The soundtrack to It Follows is basically the Fez soundtrack. That alone gives it points. 

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The Conjuring and it Follows are both fantastic at building up tension in the first 2/3 but they both make the mistake of turning into action movies at the end.

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Like my comments about Ringu, I've been thoroughly bored and unimpressed with The Conjuring and the deluge of movies of its ilk. I tried setting aside my biases when my wife wanted to watch it but I couldn't help but roll my eyes and shuffle impatiently in my seat through the whole thing. Ghosts and demons don't scare me. Ugly dolls don't scare me. The people in these kinds of movies always act like complete morons when attempting even the simplest tasks. I think the actors delivered pretty good performances but that isn't enough to save me from the feeling that I'd just much rather be watching The Exorcist than any other film about this subject. The Exorcist works because it is a story that is primarily about the characters and their psychological/emotional journey, not about the haunting itself. The Conjuring didn't offer any of that to me.

I do, however, still intend to watch It Follows because I've heard the filmmaking is superb and the twist on the haunting concept seems novel and I may eventually get around to watching The Babadook for the psycho-horror element seemingly lurking within.

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The Conjuring (and Insidious) movies are some of my favorite horror movies in the last 30 years. Really brought horror back into the spotlight imo.

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