The Spoiler Free Review Presents: The Conjuring

The-Conjuring

Recently I was able to take some time and go to the movies all the way out in Jersey. Its been a long time since I was actually scared in a movie theater and I’d heard good things so I figured what the Hay, lets check it out.

Plot

The year is 1970 something as they are wearing bell bottoms and saying things like “groovy” and “far-out”. The place is a farmhouse in Rhode Island. A family moves into the farmhouse and almost immediately begins experiencing paranormal activities. After a while they call on the famous Demonologist Ed Warren and his clairvoyant wife Lorraine to help cleanse their house.

Execution

All in all this movie was pretty well executed. Its different from today’s horror films in that the gore isn’t the main focus(I actually put overly gory horror films in their own category: Gore Fest). The scares are actually legitimate and well thought out. Even when you know somethings coming you’ll still jump because of how they present it to you. Having grown up reading just about everything Stephen King could crank out I don’t scare easily these days, but even I jumped a few times.

Music

The use of music in this film was pretty effective. I loved the use of ┬áthe song Time of Season. It didn’t fit, but it did…its just one of those great choices that are made in films from time to time.

Rating

4 starsFour stars! It was a solid storyline, great acting, great direction, and interesting characters. The atmosphere was creepy and the ending was pretty cool too. The only thing keeping this from a 5 star rating is that I wanted to be scared MORE. Less “Gotcha” scares and more legitimately freaked out scares. Overall though I’d say go see this movie in theaters!

If you’ve seen this movie and you have anything to add feel free to comment below!

I know its been more time between posts but hey I’ve been writing a screenplay! I’ll be uploading the logline and the first 15 or 20 pages (yes its WGA registered) tomorrow if anyone wants to take a peek. It’s a sci-fi/action called Kingdom, Come. I hope you’ll check it out and leave feedback!

Thanks for reading!

Sincerely,

Brian Bell-Wiseguy Industires

The 3 most promising Survival Horror console games 2013

I haven’t always been a fan of the survival horror genre…but that was only because when I was younger my parents wouldn’t allow certain games in the house. So yes I missed out on the first resident evil, silent hill, ok and the second resident evil. However eventually I was exposed to a little known game called “The Suffering” and my life changed. Resident evil 4 came after that and solidified my love for the genre so much so that I went back and played catch up with some of the other games. Since then my affair with these games has been a strained one. Many games claiming to be survival horror are at best action games with a few cheap jumps thrown in there. A few stand above the rest like Dead Space (oh how I love that game) Alan Wake, and Siren 3(I was lucky enough to play on a friends ps3). Now it seems with the critical failure of RE6 people realize they need to get back to their roots with this thing and now we are seeing a few games with some really good promise on the consoles and on the PC they are REALLY exploding(but we’ll cover those later). So without further ado let’s get into the list with…

#3 Until Dawn

This game takes the age-old tale of promiscuous teenagers in a cabin and a killer and puts you in control. Seems straight forward enough, the thing is they’ve made this game 2 player and it looks pretty interesting. You use a flashlight and a torch via the Playstation’s move controller which seems like a newer take on the Alan Wake formula. The thing about that is it can be tricky. If you had told me before Alan Wake was teased(forever ago I know) that a flashlight would be my only weapon, I don’t think I would’ve had too much hope for that title. I mean variety is one of the best parts of any game but Alan Wake pulled it off with various upgrades and a few choice other weapons. So with this one I’m holding a little torch of hope.

inSANE

Ok you got me…so not much is known about this game but from what we DO know, it looks like it will be amazing. See its a game by none other than academy award winning and freaky creature creator, Guillermo del Toro.

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That’s correct Del Toro is getting into the video game field and the first game he’s making is a survival horror game. With his track record I’m sure at the very least the story will be compelling. The gameplay however is still up in the air as I’m not sure who the developer will be. Its still in production but he’s looking for a developer. The game is rumored to be based off the writings of H.P Lovecraft. Lets hope this one makes it!

#1 The Evil Within

Created by the originator of the Resident Evil series, this games trailer alone got me excited. I randomly clicked on the video while browsing facebook and was extremely impressed with what I saw. The game looks extremely dark, the trailer itself is scary and doesn’t look like the thrills will get old either. Everything looks eerie and the atmosphere is really what gives you the most scare in any horror venue be it a Stephen King novel or a haunted house. Here’s the plot of the story I found

When Detective Sebastian and his partner rush to the scene of a gruesome mass murder, a mysterious, powerful force is lying in wait for them. Witnessing the killing of fellow police officers one after another, Sebastian is then attacked and loses consciousness. Waking up in a land where monsters are wandering about, he has to fight his way through a world of death and his close friend’s madness in order to understand what’s going on. Sebastian has to face his fears in order to survive on a journey to discover what lies in the shadows of that mysterious force.

The plot seems like it will put you right back into the ORIGINAL survival horror driver’s seat. This means low ammo, hard times, and extreme scares. I can’t wait for this one to terrify me!

That’s my list for now I’ll keep you updated! Thanks for reading!

Sincerely,

Brian Bell-Wiseguy Industries