The remake, budgeted at a mere $17 million dollars, uses no Computer Generated Images, everything we see is "real" as a magic trick, illusion or camera angle; that's pretty impressive, and the critics seem to be liking it (it's at a passable 64% on Rotten Tomatoes right now), as well as the fans. So what do we need to be looking for watching this horror-gore fest? There are several things,...
Necronomicon, and they are killed one by one until only one is left to fight for survival. Which of the friends fall, in what order, and by what means will all contribute--not only to characterization--but the plot and sub-message of the film as well. What will really need to hold our attention, however, without a doubt, is the Necronomicon.
|"He'll suck your soul dry," while that seems like a simple statement, there is actually quite a bit contained within this image. We know that "He" refers to a male, so the demon released by the book is male, not female, and that male demon is possessing the young people. "Soul" is not something materialists believe in, so the universe in which this film operates does so in a world where there is immortal beings (by definition, the soul is immortal); this does not necessarily mandate a belief in God, as some actually believe a person can have an immortal part of them without it necessarily coming from God. "Dry" is an interesting choice of words, because that does mandate a specific belief system: Christianity. When Jesus went through His Passion, He told the women, "Weep not for Me, but for your children" because He is the branch full of the sap of Life, and the "dry wood" He references is those who lack the sap of life, Grace, the life-force coming from God. Because Grace comes to us first in the Waters of Baptism, water is usually the symbol of Grace, so "dry" would be the opposite of a soul filled with Grace. How? This will be the task of the film, however, because this statement is written in red, we can pre-deduce something about what will happen. Red is the color of the appetites, because more than anything, we hunger for love (the virtue) because when we truly love someone, we are willing to spill our (red) blood for them; or, red can be the color of anger because being angry is the opposite of loving someone, and we turn red with anger. It is, perhaps, by feeding the appetites, denying the appetites or both--depending on the person involved--that those who die will die, we will have to see. There is at least one more detail on this page, the writing underneath the written message, "He'll suck your soul dry," written in columns; the language of that writing will be important because it denotes the cultural background of this book. On the other page, the right-side, is a figure which reminds me of Geryon, the allegorical figure in Dante's Inferno who symbolized fraud: the pleasant face of a man hides the horrible, deformed body of a winged beast, because fraud always appears as "something nice" (the pleasing face of a man) which hides the animal appetites beneath (the serpentine body). So, we need to be looking for instances of fraud in the film, as well. There is also, in the trailer above, a brief image of a horned goat (did we see a similar image in Sherlock Holmes in 2009? I think we did) but that also references that weird painting in the bedroom in The Cabin In the Woods of the goat and the dog pack.|
The Conjuring was the film scheduled for release in January but, it had such overwhelming responses from the audience, they moved it to a July 19 date instead, so here is trailer 2:
Once more, if you haven't read the book since high school, it's a fab and quick read:
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