I first heard about this film months ago and was rather excited. First of all because it looked like it had an interesting story, secondly the trailers looked eerie and finally, I’ve enjoyed previous films from this director.
I was worried about getting my hopes up only to be disappointed but I came out feeling quite impressed. The story was good, which so many horrors fail on recently. A lot of the time they focus on cheap thrills rather than a good film but I felt this was a good all-rounder.
There is something different about it, as the trailer says it isn’t a haunting or possession. It’s a new take on the overworked haunted house story and gives a fresh mix to all the tired scares you’ve seen before.
Based on the true story of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, the story follows them on their most horrifying case which took place in the early 70’s.
They’re asked to help the Perron family who have been terrorized by a dark presence since they moved into their new farmhouse. The warren’s research the house in an effort to find answers and discover that the property once belonged to an accused witch who tried to sacrifice her child before killing herself and cursing the land.
They continue to discover more deaths and suicides which have taken place on the property and whilst Ed and Lorrain attempt to gather evidence to get an exorcism approved by the Catholic Church, the family of seven experience increasingly hostile acts from the spirits.
The fact that it’s based on a true story only adds to it, and I was happy to hear that Lorraine Warren and 'Andrea Perron' (eldest daughter of Roger & Carolyn Perron) were involved in the film.
There were jumps and tense moments and as the story developed you only became more caught up in it all. I found the hide and seek clapping game a little unnerving and would certainly not venture into some of the places the characters went.
I feel like this is a film I already want to watch again to digest any details that I may have missed, and the only minor faults that I found were simple things like injuries affecting characters less than I’d imagine.
I’d certainly say it’s one of the director’s best, and he doesn’t miss out on the opportunity to use a creepy doll which is something of a trademark of his.