When you think of The Conjuring, James Wan's horror hit from last summer, most people probably think of the Annabelle doll, a terrifying doll who haunts a pair of young women.
The thrill of a good horror movie is feeling immersed in the intensity of a dangerous situation, all the while knowing that it’s all just a work of fiction. But what happens when that rush of cinematic fear is prefaced with “based on a true story?” You no longer have the comfort of calming your nerves with “it’s all just make-believe.” For movie studios, the hype that surrounds a horror film that claims to be based on a true story results in box office gold.
Real, palpable dread. In THE CONJURING, it is thick and ever present, and takes on many forms. It is a doll, it is a door. It is a hand clap, it is a spirit.