The Conjuring: Hollywood Horror Perfected

Another great conjuring review from FrontRowGeek.com, and another I agree wth. Sady, I still go into blurt mode when I try to review the movie, and don’t have anything formal up yet. The closest I came come is a list of bullet points. I agree with all the arguments against the Salon.com article. (SPOILER ALERT). Yes. Ed did the actual exorcism, but it was Lorraine who really turned the tide. It has nothing to do with the Salem Witch Trials, for Chrissake (oops)! Whoever wrote the review has deep-seated issues that are causing them to actually see elements in the movie that aren’t even there. I’m a chick and a feminist, I know when a film (especially a genre film) slams women, degrades them, condescends to them, or just blows them off, and this was NOT one of those movies. If anything, it was empowering. Of course, I was too busy screaming to take away any sort of messages from the film, other than maybe being anti-demon. Also, that a movie doesn’t have to kill off any human characters to scare the living shit out of you. Thanks, WB Preston, for addressing the bullshit in the Salon.com article – I get too worked up to write an orderly, rational piece on it addressing the points. Read on!

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The Conjuring: Hollywood Horror Perfected

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W.B. Preston

 

(– ***Spoilers For The Above*** –)

I have a deep and abiding love for horror films. Much of my early exposure to films stemmed from the horror genre, so believe me when I say, The Conjuring is nearly flawless. I say nearly due only to the veracity with which it sticks to the tropes of the genre. However those tropes have been executed flawlessly by James Wan and the writers Chad & Carey Hayes. I think it is safe to say that Mr. Wan has conquered the horror genre with Saw, Insidious, and now The Conjuring. I have not seen a Fast & Furius film since Tokyo Drift however I am quite tempted to see what Wan will do with FF7.

 This film is beautiful to look at, the coloring is sumptuous, and the cinematography not only has…

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Kathy Bates Cast As Delphine LaLaurie In American Horror Story Season Three? We Think So! Read Why (Disturbing Content)

This is a re-blog from March, and here’s why: We saw this hit the newswires and flipped out, because we had figured last week that the copiously researched piece we wrote with our best guess on Kathy Bates casting as a ‘real life figure’ on S3 of American Horror Story Coven might have been off-base. Yay! We can’t believe we called it! I recommend a re-read of this article if you want to know more about her character …unless you have a weak stomach, or your nerves are not what they used to be, because this is extremely disturbing, graphic stuff. Learning new horrible historical facts can be upsetting, especially if it’s after dark, you’re alone, and you already are feeling a little …off. We’re still surprised (though still patting ourselves on the back) we were right, because Ryan Murphy is almost impossible to second-guess; almost all our predictions on how story-lines would wrap up on American Horror StoryAsylum were wildly off-base. More updates from the TCA announcement/presentation coming very soon!

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AUG 3rd UPDATE: Holy shit! We actually called it! Back in March!  During FX’s presentation at the Television Critics Association today, Tim Minear announced some major casting–including the official news that Kathy Bates WILL indeed play Delphine LaLaurie!  Yay Mr. White Horror Boom. This character will put the Horror into American Horror Story: Coven. Read on for more gory, disturbing details (after the self-congratulatory logo we inserted) in the original piece!

 

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So. Have you heard the very, very, VERY horrifying historical facts about her? Newspapers at the time called her, “a demon in the shape of a woman”. You know, the wealthy New Orléans socialite and notorious part-time torturer and murderess of slaves in her ‘employ’ in the 1830s who went by the name of Madame Delphine LaLaurie? No?

Are you SURE you want to?

Even if this ends up not happening, I doubt I’m alone in imagining…

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