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Perri’s Top 10 Movies of 2013

Top_Ten_of_2013-176x3002013 marks my fifth year working as a film critic and reporter and I’m proud and very thankful to say it was the best yet. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work alongside some fiercely talented friends and colleagues, interview some of the most esteemed talent in the industry, attend events like SXSW, San Diego Comic Con and Cinema Con, and, perhaps most importantly, see a number of films that I’ll carry with me well beyond 2013.

I am endlessly grateful to spend each and every day doing what I love and am thrilled to celebrate cinematic achievements like these …

10. VHS 2

VHS” put the horror anthology format back on the map, but “VHS 2” solidifies it as a feature structure that can rival traditional narratives. The wraparound component still isn’t quite there, but all four shorts in the sequel are highly creative, entertaining and memorable. Adam Wingard delivers a typical haunted house scenario but within a new, intriguing framework, Gregg Hale and Eduardo Sanchez put an entirely fresh spin on the zombie genre and Jason Eisener offers up a stunningly stylized alien invasion that rocks some of the feature’s most unforgettable sounds and visuals, but the best of the bunch is definitely Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto’s “Safe Haven.” You think you’ve seen it all? Evans and Tjahjanto put the large majority of third act massacres to shame. “Safe Haven” is the one that will blow your mind, but all four short films are impeccably structured and loaded with remarkably unique plot points, turning the full feature into a beautifully sick and twisted film that’ll give you a good scare and/or having you shouting something to the effect of, “No way!,” the entire way through.

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Top Horror of 2013

best_horror_2013_mainAfter scoring $41.9 million opening weekend for The Conjuring and then $40.3 million for Insidious Chapter 2, James Wan clearly dominated the genre box office, but with innovative heavy hitters like You’re NextThe PurgeMama and more in the mix, there was some serious competition climbing to the top of this chart. Check out which 2013 horror reboots, remakes, sequels, adaptations, and original content earned the right to call themselves the best of the year.

10. The Purge

Even after pointing a finger at The Purge for being little more than a gimmicky high concept, there’s no denying that the scenario of a 12-hour period during which all criminal activity is legal is highly cinematic, because when it came down to The PurgeDark Skies and The ABCs of Death, it’s The Purge that earned the #10 spot for being the thrill I’d most like to experience again.

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3 Freaky Real-Life Warren Files That Should Be Considered for ‘The Conjuring 2’

The_Real_Ed_and_Lorraine_WarrenBack when The Conjuring was in production, the film was titled The Warren Files, and it made sense. Should The Warren Files go on to be a hit, we could have The Warren Files: Case A, The Warren Files: Case B, and so on. Even though the title was ultimately changed to The Conjuring, now that the film is a sequel-worthy success, there’s always a chance Warner Bros. could revert back to The Warren Files and create an entire film franchise chronicling the best of Ed and Lorraine Warren.

There’s no passing judgment on the Conjuring sequel until details of the new plot surface, but there’s also no denying that there’s some major potential due to the fact that the Warrens have loads of fascinatingly creepy stories and are just two admirable, interesting, and highly likable people.

Should The Conjuring 2 follow in the footsteps of many other horror hits that return for a second go-around, the sequel won’t be too far off and details could surface soon. But while we wait, let’s consider the possibilities. There’s an endless stream of information on the Warrens and their work circulating the Web and then there’s even more in books like The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren, so this is only scratching the surface, but based on some preliminary research, here are three Warren-centric tales that could be worth a big-screen adaptation of their own.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Creepy Real-Life Story Behind ‘The Conjuring’

Lorainne_Warren_Vera_FarmigaThe Conjuring is an excellent film, period, but the effects of this are undeniably elevated due to the fact that it’s based on true events. As someone with a firm handle on delivering stellar scares without resorting to tacky tactics and overly grotesque imagery, director James Wan loads his latest with moments that’ll have you jumping out of your seat and/or covering your eyes. But the film’s true roots lets the material truly seep in, leaving you with much more than the thrill of a good jolt. Taking horror one step further, it has the power to make you believe.

The Conjuring’s Ed and Lorraine Warren

In the film, Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga portray Ed and Lorraine Warren, a husband-and-wife team of paranormal investigators. They make house calls and usually pinpoint logical reasons for even the eeriest of bumps in the night, but every now and then they come face-to-face with something not of this world. After exorcising a demon or locking away haunted artifacts in their personal archival room, the Warrens offer lectures on their work at a local university. And that’s where Carolyn Perron (Lili Taylor) tracks them down.

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Review: The Conjuring

The-Conjuring-PosterNot only is “The Conjuring” loaded with nightmarish scenarios, but it boasts an exceptional amount of character development, making the experience far more than just a good scare, rather a truly thoughtful and all-consuming experience.

Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) are a husband-wife team of demonologists. When they’re not giving lectures on their work, they’re making house calls. While the majority result in totally logical explanations for seemingly unnatural bumps in the night, occasionally they do encounter the real deal. One such case occurs when they visit the Perron family in the 1970s.

Right as they walk through the door of their new Harrisville, Rhode Island home, Carolyn and Roger Perron (Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston) and their five daughters immediately notice something isn’t quite right. Their dog acts up and they catch whiffs of a strange smell here and there, but it’s nothing they can’t blame on the mildly deteriorating condition of their new abode. However, when things turn violent and the safety of their children is clearly at risk, Carolyn tracks down Ed and Lorraine and insists they come over to assess their situation.

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From the Set of James Wan’s The Conjuring

Lili-Taylor-The-ConjuringI’d like to bet a number of you at least wonder whether or not paranormal activities really go down. No? Are you a total nonbeliever? Perhaps you should look into the work of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a husband-wife team of paranormal investigators who’ve logged some incredible, out-of-this-world happenings including the infamous Amityville Horror.

With loads of supposedly true experiences ripe for a big screen adaptation, the Warrens’ files are a Hollywood goldmine and Warner Bros. knows it. The studio now has The Conjuring on the way, a film that tells the true story of the Perrons, a family of seven living in Rhode Island that suffers at the hands of sinister spirits in their own home in the 1970s. Lili Taylor stars as the matriarch, Carolyn Perron, and Ron Livingston as her husband, Roger. Desperate to keep their children safe, Carolyn and Ron call in Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) to investigate.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

The-ConjuringThe new trailer for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones makes strides, presenting the supernatural scenario in a slightly more believable fashion than the last, but it’s the trailer for Tribeca Film Festival entry Raze that came closer to cracking the top three. However, as fun as it is to watch Zoe Bell kick the crap out of her opponents, there’s three other trailers more worthy of this week’s top honors.

The Best Stuff

1. The ConjuringBased on the film’s new trailer, it’s clear that The Conjuring is packed with every bump-in-the-night scare imaginable, but also something that puts a fresher spin on the whole haunted-house scenario – Ed and Lorraine Warren. The fact that these are two very real people who apparently experienced what most relegate to scary movies is endlessly fascinating and, for the sake of this trailer, seeing them, out of all people, unravel makes the situation feel more controllable and, therefore, all the more horrifying.

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