The Conjuring

Conjuring

When I saw this movie on the screen, The Conjuring is scaring up the box office and the gross sales are pretty good for a R-rated movie. The Conjuring is in the top 5, not bad for a horror movie during the summer months.

In 1971, a couple, Carolyn and Roger Perron, move into a dilapidated, old farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island with their five daughters. The move goes smoothly except for the dog, who refuses to come into the house, that will tell that something is not right with the dog. It probably ate something bad.  The children play a game called Hide & Clap; while playing, one of the daughters finds the boarded up entrance to a cellar. Roger enters the basement with a match to look around. Afterward, the family go to bed. What goes bump into the night will get you scare when your house started to creek in the middle of the night. Well it’s creepy.

James Wan, the director of the movie, from the Saw and Insidious, has made his best film to date with this solid horror film that hearkens back to the ones best remembered from his childhood. He remembers watching horrors such as The Amityville Horror, The Exorcist, The Haunting, and Poltergeist. These films are the scariest movies ever made and they were big box office hits on the movie screens.

vera-farmigaVera Farmiga gained critical acclaim following her work in the 2009 comedy-drama Up in the Air, with George Clooney. She was nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She also starred as Kate Coleman in Orphan in 2009.  As of 2013, she stars as Norma Louise Bates in the A&E TV series, Bates Motel. She plays Lorraine Warren. The real Lorraine Warren made cameo in the film. She was one of the students listening to Patrick Wilson explaining demons.

Patrick WEdward “Ed” Warren Miney (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Rita Warren, were American paranormal investigators and authors associated with prominent cases of haunting. Edward was a World War II US Navy veteran and former police officer who became a noted demonologist, author, and lecturer. His wife Lorraine was a professed clairvoyant and a light trance medium who worked closely with her husband. She documented the case when the hauntings happen back Rhode Island in 1971.

Patrick Joseph Wilson is an American actor and singer. Wilson has spent years singing lead roles in major Broadway musicals, beginning in 1996. In 2003, he appeared in the HBO mini-series Angels in America. Wilson has appeared in feature films such as, Watchmen, The A-Team, The Ledge, and Insidious. He starred in the CBS drama A Gifted Man, which premiered in 2011. Wilson was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He is the son of Mary Kay Wilson, a voice teacher and professional singer, and John Wilson, a news anchor for WTVT in Tampa, Florida. Wilson’s brother, Mark, also works as a news anchor and reporter for WTVT.

Lill Anee TaylorLili Anne Taylor, actress notable for her appearances in such award-winning indie films as Mystic Pizza, Say Anything…, Short Cuts and I Shot Andy Warhol,  The Haunting and the acclaimed TV show Six Feet Under.

ron-livingstonRonald Joseph “Ron” Livingston  is an American film and television actor. His roles include disaffected corporate employee Peter Gibbons in the film Office Space, sardonic writer Jack Berger in a short-term relationship with Carrie Bradshaw in the TV show Sex and the City.  Captain Lewis Nixon in the miniseries Band of Brothers.  In 2006, he starred as FBI negotiator Matt Flannery in the Fox series Standoff, co-starring Rosemarie DeWitt also his wife.  He also starred in The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)

 

Production notes

The story happened in Rhode Island, but it was filmed around in Willington, NC. Filming also took place at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in March 2012 while the campus was on its spring break.  Most of filming concluded in Screen Gems studios in Wilmington, NC.

Cast and crew experienced strange events during filming, such as scratches appearing on Farmiga’s computer after signing on for the film, people inexplicably waking up between 3 and 4 AM (the “witching hour”), and the real-life Carolyn Perron falling and breaking her hip while her family was visiting the set. Is the set haunted by spirits?

Notes:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Livingston

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lili_Taylor

http://collider.com/the-conjuring-set-visit/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Conjuring_(film)#Sequel

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White House Down

White House Down

This is  a highly anticipation  movie of the summer, maybe a summer blockbuster movies already started, maybe Channing Tatum will take off his shirt like when he did on Magic Mike.  I had two women sitting besides me when I was watching the movie, they did not care about the plot, and all they wanted to see is Channing Tatum. One of them women looked at me and ask if this was Magic Mike the sequel.

“No, it’s White House Down” I said.

“Ohh, I don’t have a TV” said the attractive women.

That explains it.

Anyway, Channing Tatum plays Cale, an earnest, overachievement D.C. cop who saves President Sawyer – Jamie Fox, wielding heavy weapons with more energy than conviction – and foils the terrorist. This movie reminds of Bruce Willis ‘Die hard in a White House’ and Channing Tatum is much younger, stronger, muscles, and smarter, and he saves the day. The supporting cast Richard Jenkins as the top congressional official and James Wood as a turncoat Secret Service agent.  Channing Tatum daughter in the movie is played by the young and talented Joey King. You may recognize her from TV and Movies such as from TV:  Suite of Life of Zack and Cody, and Bent.  Movies: Ramona and Beezus with Selena Gomez,  Oz the Great and Powerful, and Dark Knight Rises (she shave her hair off).  This summer she will be featuring in ‘The Conjuring’ coming out this summer.  It’s a true and scary movie.  I will do a review and background of the movie with no spoilers.

Roland Emmerich, was the executive producer of “Independence Day”  and directed “White House Down.”  He used primarily the same scene from “Independence Day” instead of Aliens attacking, terrorists.  He also produced such hits such “The Day After Tomorrow”, “2012” and “Godzilla”

The story  and writer was James Vanderbilt  from “The Amazing Spider Man.”

So please check out this movie. You will not be disappointed. It will keep you awake through out the movie. Overall, this movie is good, the movie is 2 hours and 20 minutes long. So please wear diapers so you will not missed a second of the action. (No caffeine drinks)