Time for another round of Halloween related Thursday Movie Picks! I feel like this weeks theme could go a number of ways. There are tons of movies out there that claim to be based on a true story, but really just take something and twist it and mold it into something that barely resembles the actual events. Looking at you “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” I’m very curious to see how the lists go this week!
1. The Conjuring 2
This film in the franchise is based on the case of the Enfield poltergeist. The events took place between 1977 and 1979 in London. You can learn more about it here. I have to say, The Crooked Man in this film freaked me out. I have a thing with monsters/spooks that walk in weird ways. My brain just hates it and can’t handle it. I was a little late to The Conjuring franchise and I think this might have been the first one I saw in theaters. I really enjoyed it and recommend checking it out if you’re looking for something spooky this October.
2. The Exorcism of Emily Rose
I remember trying to watch this in bed one night and just being 100% freaked out. It’s a bit of a slow burn and a mix of supernatural and court room drama. Jennifer Carpenter plays Emily Rose and just killed the role. She was even able to contort her body for the role. The real life story is about a girl named Anneliese Michel who was forced to deal with 67 various exorcisms, which ended up causing her death. Michel’s parents and the two priests were found guilty of negligent homicide and were sentenced to six months in jail but their sentence was reduced to three years of probation. They were also issued a fine.
I feel like this one might lean more thriller but it does carry a certain feeling of dread. The movie is based on the book of the same title by Robert Graysmith. It has such a star studded cast including Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Jake Gyllenhaal, and John Carroll Lynch. It’s not an action packed film and I think that’s what makes it stand out. Plus the case was never actually solved. It just has a natural cliffhanger which I enjoy. They didn’t try and change it and force a fake ending. I know I’ve seen people complain about the fact that it just ends but that’s real life bro. I’m very much into true crime and this movie is one of my favorites.
That’s it for this week. I thought about doing a 4th movie but again, don’t want to end up needing a certain movie for other lists! Thanks in advance for any comments!