Carolyn and Roger Perron move their family into a Rhode Island farm house and soon strange things start happening that cause the family dismay.
In desperation, Carolyn contacts paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, to examine the house.
What the Warrens discover is a demonic haunting that is now targeting the family. To stop this, the Warrens will have to call upon all their skills and strength to defeat this, before it destroys everyone involved.....
Now the trailers for this movie genuinely scared the living daylights out of me, and I thought that this could finally be a decent horror film that could really shock the audience on mood alone, rather than loud noises that cause you to jump.
And the first act does have that sinister feel to it, really gloomy and adequately scary without the additives of gore and loud strings.
But as soon as Wilson and Farmiga are introduced to the narrative proper, the film loses its way, and it just turns into another quiet........quiet.........quiet............Bang!!!! movie, that makes you jump because it's just so blooming loud, and it turns into a chore rather than a horror movie.
But its a shame, because the cast are great, and the first 30 minutes are terrifying and really get under your skin, and it had the potential to be such a great horror, but then it belongs to the family of horror, much like insidious, that relies on strange make up effects, and awkward humour, there's even the comedy sidekicks in this, that lie dormant in the film.
But people have lapped this up, and when they watch it again, without a huge theatre audience, they'll realise that it wasn't that great after all, they just enjoyed the atmosphere of the cinema......