Review: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

Director: Michael Chaves Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, John Noble The eighth film to emerge in this franchise since James Wan kicked it off in 2013, the laboriously titled The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It goes hard embracing the hoariest tropes that make popcorn horror movies easy pickings for criticism, and catnip for punters after … Continue reading Review: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

Review: Annabelle Comes Home

Director: Gary Dauberman Stars: Katie Sarife, Madison Iseman, Mckenna Grace  Ah, back again. The franchise offshoot that just won't die. Annabelle is a weird one. A series centred on an evil doll from The Conjuring which is completely inanimate, yet acts as a conduit for a cumbersome demon that wants to suck your soul out. The first … Continue reading Review: Annabelle Comes Home

Review: The Commuter

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Stars: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson It's strange that the Taken films kickstarted this hugely lucrative second phase in Liam Neeson's career seeing as how they're all - all - dreadful, artless, xenophobic slogs. But sometimes the means aren't as interesting as the ends. They've brought us to this point, here and now, … Continue reading Review: The Commuter

Review: The Conjuring 2

Longtime readers may remember that I wasn't overly generous to The Conjuring - James Wan's first venture into the supernatural tales of God-fearing paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren - criticising it for coming across like a shrewd, generic, confused and plagiaristic endeavour. I've rewatched the film since and my opinion has changed very little. It's watchable, … Continue reading Review: The Conjuring 2

Review: The Conjuring

Putting aside for a minute the barrel-scraping title (which sounds like the name of a filler episode of Angel), the new movie from James Wan offers little inspiration up front. From the trailer, which has been doing the rounds rather heavily, it looks like a predictable mix of haunted house scares and stale riffs on The Exorcist. … Continue reading Review: The Conjuring