watched both conjuring films over the last two nights and i have to say, i was surprised at how well crafted they were, especially for hollywood horror. the director, james wan, makes some really great shot choices and he has a knack for building tension in a scene i haven't seen in mid-/big-budget horror in ages. obviously all horror films are basically manipulation but it's how well you can do it, innit, and i think he's one of the better modern genre directors. there were the obligatory jump scares which can be a bit yawnsome but they're pretty much required by producers and he at least puts a nice spin on them, the jump coming from somewhere unexpected, etc. thought all the performances were great in both films too, which is another welcome surprise since the dialogue at times gets pretty ludicrous and there are so many kids - kid actors are usually shit at everything aren't they, especially conveying fear.
the crooked man ghost in 2 took me out of the film completely for a bit tho, made me think of lemony snicket or one of those edgier kids fantasy films.
i was absorbed until the last 3rd of both, when they sort of sputtered out and went a little OTT on the cgi and levitation. it reminded me of the babadook, another movie i thought worked well for 2/3 until it fell apart. horror movie endings are super hard i guess.
still, really good work.
watched ouija 2 as well. thought it was eerily similar to the conjuring but pretty shit.