Despite surrounded by an annoying audience (horror audience are the worst!) i fairly enjoyed the movie. It has a decent script with well written characters (even the stupid one that causes mayhem has a redemptive moment). Instead of beating us with jump scares from the get go, director Gary Dauberman took time to establish mood, characters and setting and later paid off with a scare fest that included some effective scares and some cliched ones.
There are quite a few cursed artifacts in this one that were used effectively when all hell broke loose. But there are missed opportunities too like the samurai and feely meely ones. James Wan would've had a field day with these many objects but Dauberman did a decent job too.
Vera and Patrick unfortunately had limited roles. McKenna Grace is a great addition to this franchise. She makes the other two girls look dumber than they already are. The Bob guy had a couple of scene stealing moments (Bob's got balls!). People were swooning over him.
It's a wonder that the makers conjured two back to back decent flicks in franchise after the terrible first film and managed to keep the Conjuring universe fresh- 7/10
the Ferryman, which seems obvious since they kept mentioning him in the trailer. The Bride seems like a good bet. Probably the Samurai. And likely the Hellhound.
I'm imagining this franchise going on forever, and wondering what other items they'll make cursed. "Oh no using this frying pan will catch everything on fire!" "Don't use that red stapler. It's haunted by the spirit of Milton."
That was about the only fun I got. There was one big scare that I had, but I expected more. It felt like it kept building to something, but then when the climax finally came, it felt like it was only one minute of scares. I wouldn't say it was terrible, but I wasn't a fan of how it would seem like it was going to get really scary, and then it would pull back.
I had very low expectations for this film considering how below-average The Nun was. However, it was completely the other way around. I thoroughly enjoyed the film. The story was well crafted & I loved all three female leads. I also thought McKenna Grace gave a very good performance, she carried the film for me. Will definitely give it a re-watch soon.
Post by Christ_Ian_Bale on Sept 15, 2019 19:34:07 GMT
Interesting time for this thread to get resurrected. I saw it the weekend it came out, and felt so thoroughly indifferent, I didn't really think about it again, but then I saw it again last night at a drive-in playing with It 2, and something about the drive-in experience made the vintage feel of the movie come through a lot more, almost like I was watching it in the era it was set, and it really enhanced the atmosphere. Still not all of it works and there's a little too much time spent just looking around in the dark, but I have a little more appreciation for it than I did a couple of months ago.