Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing horror films from the 1990’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?
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The Conjuring wastes no time crafting a peculiar ambiance and gets creepy early on. Keen photo, "next-door" protagonists and a rigorous script keep us away from the reveal of a terrifying creature that barely manifests itself. The first act is tense, yet almost exclusively generates suspense by foreshadowing the supernatural; a calculated illusion that the camera brilliantly imposes on us.
The production isn’t flawless. It innovates on a cinematographic level but the story ventures nowhere new. It is your quintessential horror drama about hauntings and possession, yet it never fully reveals or justifies its multiple threats. Subplots and monsters are injected and not given a consequential purpose or arc. This is a work of atmosphere; logic and answers are secondary.
The thick and stagnant drama leaves little room for fun and humor. Director James Wan offers refreshing visual updates on famous clichés that should please both the nostalgic crowd and horror newcomers who like to shiver. It’s a delicious and deliberate mix of Poltergeist, The Exorcist and The Amityville Horror sexied up with scenes right out of The Shining, The Evil Dead and Child’s Play.