Ghost Stories IV: The Conjuring 🕰

In movie news: A Best Picture contender emerges as '1917' gets its first trailer

Happy Thursday!

It’s dark and stormy here in New York tonight, so let’s talk about a truly terrifying (and often underrated) ghost story.

Okay, here’s day 4️⃣.

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Today’s movie: The Conjuring


What it’s about: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) help a family being terrorized by spirits — some more human than others — in their new farmhouse.

Why it’s great: I will fight anyone who says that The Conjuring isn’t good. First of all, it’s one of the movies to usher in the new golden age of horror we’re in. Second, it’s so much more than a mainstream horror movie. James Wan is a master of tension. He’s more patient than many of his counterparts and allows time for the movie to build an atmosphere of darkness and dread before going for the easy scare — the “hide and clap” scene is one of the best horror scenes of the decade.

While the franchise has certainly lost its luster over the years, this original entry is still a classic in the making.

The key players:

  • 🎬 James Wan

  • 🖋 Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes

  • 🎭 Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor

The details: ⏳ 112 minutes // 🗓 2013 // 📺 Trailer

Fun fact: Even though the movie has limited profanities, no sex or nudity, and little violence, it was given an R-rating solely because it was so scary.

Don’t have Netflix? The Conjuring is available to buy or rent on Prime Video, iTunes, and YouTube.

In movie news: Sam Mendes’ World War I film 1917 has a trailer

💥 This year, we haven’t quite found our Oscar frontrunner. Well, 1917 might be it. The movie, which is directed by Oscar-winning American Beauty director Sam Mendes, follows two young British soldiers are given the seemingly impossible mission of warning the troops of an impending German ambush at the height of World War I. Here’s the trailer:

Have a great night! 🌌
Karl (@karl_delo)