Director: David F. Sandberg
Starring: Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia, Billy Burke, Maria Bello
You were right to be afraid of the dark
Director: James Wan
Starring: Ryan Kwanten, Amber Valletta, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Fairman, Joan Heney
You scream. You die.
Jamie and Lisa Ashen receives a mysterious package containing a creepy ventriloquist doll named “Billy”. Later that night, while Jamie is out to get dinner for the loving couple, Lisa plays around with the doll. When Jamie comes home he finds her dead, with her tongue ripped out and the doll lying next to her tormented body.
Detective Jim Lipton is handling the case and he is sure that Jamie is responsible for Lisa’s death. Jamie however is sure that the blame is to be put on a local legend about a ventriloquist named Mary Shaw back in his hometown, even though Mary Shaw died a long time ago…
Dead Silence was the follow up movie to Saw by the filmmaking duo James Wan and Leigh Whannell. It was a high budget horror film with a production budget around 20 million dollars. It was also, as usual, a film that saw problems with studio interference and would ultimately suffer from it and barely made back its budget during its initial theatrical run.
Director: John R. Leonetti
Starring: Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Tony Amendola, Alfre Woodard, Kerry O’Malley
Before The Conjuring there was Annabelle
The Conjuring was the biggest horror film of 2013, praised by critics and moviegoers alike all over the world. The opening to that film contained a small story about a doll that had great evil within it, the doll was called Annabelle and the evil was fought by the paranormal investigator couple named Warrens. The doll is now safely (?) kept in their museum.
This opening got quite the response by people and it came to no one’s surprise that the doll would get its own movie, a spinoff of The Conjuring to feed us horror fans while we await the “real” sequel titled The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist (don’t be surprised if the story and title changes before release) – a film slated for a release October 2015.
Annabelle, just like The Conjuring, is also set in the past. This one is set in 1969 and revolves around the young couple John and Mia Gordon, who are expecting their first child together. Mia collects porcelain dolls and one day John gives her a special one that she has been looking for a long time.
aka: Insidious 2
Director: James Wan
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey
It will take what you love most.
The Lambert family has been through hell after having to fight against a ghost entity that had taken an interest in one of the sons of the family, wanting to possess his body so the entity can cross back over into life again.
During this fight, it becomes clear that the ghost and Josh, the father of the family, has had some history together and when ghostly events start to yet again happen with the family, the key to survival lies in the childhood of Josh Lambert.
I consider the first Insidious to be one of the best horror films from the last ten years and would also add James Wan’s other recent horror film The Conjuring to the same list. So needless to say I was anticipating the sequel to Insidious and made sure to see it on the big screen and I can happily say that I was not disappointed.
Director: James Wan
Starring: Leigh Whannell, Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Ken Leung, Dina Meyer
Death is a shortcut
Two chained up men wakes up in an old bathroom, while a third man is lying in a pile of blood in the middle of the room. They have no idea how or why they are there, but one of them is familiar with a psychopath that has been kidnapping people and killing them by putting them into terrible traps that no normal human can get out of.
The reason why he knows about this maniac is because he was the prime suspect of the police. Now the maniac is holding his wife and young daughter captive and he is instructed to kill the other young male in the room, a guy that has been spying on him for the several last weeks. They cannot trust each other, but at the same time they have no one else who is able to help them.
Before Saw became one of the most successful horror franchises of all time, it was only a small nearly 10-minute short film done by the young filmmakers James Wan and Leigh Whannell. The short film was enough to convince Lions Gate that the duo had enough talent and secured them a 1,2 million dollar full feature film based on their short.
Director: James Wan
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, Leigh Wannell
What’s in that picture?
Josh and Renai Lambert are moving in to a new house with their three children. One day, their son Dalton is exploring the attic and falls down from a ladder after being frightened by something. The next day he does not wake up from his sleep and falls into a coma.
Renai starts to experience disturbing stuff in their house and believes that it is haunted by an evil spirit. She is able to convince Josh that they need to get out of their house and shortly after they move to a new place to get a fresh start. However, shortly after they find out that it was not their old house that the spirits were hanging on to, it is their son Dalton!
Director: James Wan
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston, Shanley Caswell
Based on the true case files of the Warrens
It’s 1971 and the Perron family is starting a new life out on Harrisville, Rhode Island. They have gotten a great deal on a big house and their family of seven can’t wait to move in and make the place into their new family home.
It doesn’t take long before they find out that something is very wrong with this house. There is an evil entity within it and it is set on terrorizing the family, even wanting to hurt them badly. The only hope the family has is to get help from the well-known paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.
I will be honest, even if I consider myself to be a lover of cinema, I rarely go to the local cinema. The reason is split in that it is first of all expensive to go to the cinema in Norway. 20 US dollars to see a film is a bit too steep for me considering I can buy the film on DVD for the same amount a few months later and also the fact that our local cinema usually only show the biggest Hollywood movies, which I have little interest in, especially at that price.
Shocktilyoudrop.com is reporting that James Wan is now starting to work on the sequel to his excellent ghost story from 2010 – Insidious.
The key actors from the first one has signed up to do the sequel, so it’s safe to say that it will continue the story of the Lambert family. The screenplay has been written by Wan’s regular collaborator Leigh Whannell and the shoot will start on January 15, 2013.
The first one is one of the most enjoyable horror movies of the last years and made nearly 100 million dollars in the box office with a small budget of only 1,5 million dollars. I have a positive review ready for it and will post it in the near future, but if you haven’t seen it yet then make sure you pick it up. Despite its flaws, it is a great horror film.
Speaking of James Wan, he has just finished the work on The Conjuring, which also deals with the paranormal and follows two paranormal investigators who are trying to help out a family out on a secluded farmhouse. The Conjuring is listed with a release date on July 19, 2013 and you can see exclusive photo’s from the set on Shocktilyoudrop.
Wan is perhaps the most promising young director in our genre these days and I’m very happy to see him continue working within it and I am very excited about these two new movies from him in 2013.