The Conjuring

Director James Wan has made his mark on horror by directing the first Saw movie, which sawed its way to an extremely successful series of torture-porn sequels. More recently, he surprised the critics with the success of his old-school demon-haunting flick Insidious, a low-budget flick that made a great deal of bank. Alas, I was …

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From the overly drawn-out opening credits, with the Vincent-Price-styled blood-red font of the title, to the over-the-top horror movie “duh-DUH!” music, Insidious seems to be simultaneously trying too hard and not hard enough. When the audience is already getting impatient during the opening shots of black-and-white scary hallways and spooky faces in mirrors in the …

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Room 237

A few years ago, I went to Glacier National Park, Montana on a vacation. Though, at that point, it was 25+ years after the film had been released, one of the topics that kept coming up was Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror film The Shining. “Did you know this is the hallway that was used in …

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