In the same way that Insidious ripped off "Poltergeist, this plunders "The Amityville Horror" for the first two thirds and "The Exorcist" for the ending, along with any other films it feels like; one shot is lifted straight from "Drag Me To Hell". It feels really regressive, like a story that could have come out of the 70s period in which it is set, except updated with ear-splitting jump scares.
Many of the supernatural occurrences were over-the-top, and the effects and parameters of the hauntings were vague and undefined, with new effects appearing only to drive the plot.
Despite these, there were quite a few things to like about the film: the acting was good, the camerawork was well-done, achieving interesting shots despite a limited location, some of the jumps work, though not enough, and occasionally it achieves a modicum of atmosphere.
Finally, the claim that this tale, of multiple ghosts, psychic powers and demon witches, is even remotely a true story is insulting, and rather offensive in its suggestion that at least one Salem witch was genuinely a child-murdering satanist. 5 years 6 months ago
I'm not sure how anyone can say this is a bad horror movie. Is it untruthful? Yes. So was the Amityville Horror, which is an often boring sometimes even insulting film by comparison.
As far as I'm concerned, this is just further proof that James Wan is one of the best genre directors working today, if not THE best. With Insidious he practically redefined the haunted house genre, and here he shows he's just as adept at playing the classics. 5 years 6 months ago
very scary moments, fantastic score, good editing.
BUT: poor ending and utter stupid script decisions.
nevertheless: a good, decent horror movie. 5 years 5 months ago
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