‘Annabelle Comes Home’: It’s No ‘Conjuring,’ but You Can’t Go Wrong with the James Wan-iverse

The movie opens, in case we forgot, with Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) collecting the evil Annabelle doll from the two nurses who were in possession of it and bringing it home to lock in the evil-shit-you-never-touch room. If you need a recap of the previous movies, here are synopses from Wikipedia: AnnabelleContinue reading “‘Annabelle Comes Home’: It’s No ‘Conjuring,’ but You Can’t Go Wrong with the James Wan-iverse”

‘The Curse of La Llorona’: The Scariest Thing About it is the Poster Art

America, 1973: mother Patricia (Patricia Velasquez) has issues with alcoholism, which isn’t helped by angry spirit La Llorona targeting her two sons. When her well-meaning social worker Anna (Linda Cardellini) takes the kids away (Patricia had been hiding them in a closet), La Llorona gets them, which makes Patricia less than pleased. In fact, sheContinue reading “‘The Curse of La Llorona’: The Scariest Thing About it is the Poster Art”

James Wan’s ‘Insidious’: Effective Jump Scares and Eerie Sights (review)

Josh (Patrick Wilson) and Renai (Rose Byrne) are a loving couple with three kids who were clearly named by an Australian scriptwriter: baby Cali and older sons Dalton and Foster. Dalton suddenly goes into a coma-like state that doctors can’t explain. The person who can explain it is family friend Elise (Lin Shaye); she saysContinue reading “James Wan’s ‘Insidious’: Effective Jump Scares and Eerie Sights (review)”

‘Dead Silence’: Intense enough for ‘Saw’ Fans, but with Much Less Gore (review)

In the town of Raven’s Fair it’s a good idea not to scream, or one may lose one’s tongue to the ghost of Mary Shaw. Shaw was a ventriloquist who had the nasty habit of murdering local children who heckled her show. So the town rose up and killed her. However, she regularly returns fromContinue reading “‘Dead Silence’: Intense enough for ‘Saw’ Fans, but with Much Less Gore (review)”