Rating : 7/10
Release Date : 2nd August, 2013
Time : 96 minutes
Director : James Wan; Writers : Chad & Carey Hayes; Music : Joseph Bishara
Starring : Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston, Shanley Caswell, Hayley McFarland, Joey King, Mackenzie Foy, Kyla Deaver, Shannon Kook, John Brotheron, Sterling Jerins
Infestation. Oppression. Possession.
Horror. Ghosts. Demonic Spirits.
Evil. Malevolent. Satanic.
In 1971, a family comprising Ron, Lili and their five daughters (Shanley, Hayley, Joey, Mackenzie and Kyla) move into their new home. And then things take a nasty turn. A couple, the clairvoyant Vera and the biblical Patrick, specialize in uncovering the truth behind such occurrences. Though this time their daughter, Shannon, may get unfortunately drawn in as well.
The film is tight, so tense that the intermission is huge distraction. Its a tale simply told, without much melodrama, little fuss. There isn’t much time spent building the characters but enough to make us care for them. And the presence of the six children makes sure we are on a knife edge (sorry, couldn’t resist) throughout the movie.
Horror, as a genre, isn’t really my choice of poison. This one doesn't get into slasher mode and works because of its inherent simplicity. It doesn’t try too hard to convince you of what is, why etc, just narrates a story. Its upto us whether to believe or not…Fear, as they say, is a choice we make…