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Media Update 5/20/21

May 20, 2021

Annabelle Comes Home

This is kind of the culmination of the Conjuring movies that I admittedly have not watched yet. This is the equivalent of the Conjuring Avengers. The plot follows the eponymous doll being brought back to be stored at the Warren’s house and interacting with their collection of haunted items. I thought it was actually a pretty interesting movie especially if you like things like Warehouse 13 or SCP. The movie stars Madison Iseman as a babysitter who works for the Warrens, she is earnest and immediately easy to like. McKenna Grace plays the Warren’s daughter and is good at playing a put upon, depressed, yet very clever young girl. Katie Sarife plays the impetuous best friend who crashes the party and provides comic relief and moves the plot along. I really liked the acting and the story of magic items being far too concentrated together. I recommend this movie even though, as I will continue to point out, the Warrens were parasites.

Annabelle: Creation

No Warrens in this one. This flashes back and gives a bit of Annabelle’s origin story (sort of). The movie follows a group of orphans and their nun caretaker who are taken in by a couple. It turns out the couple has a terrible secret and that causes the orphans to be terrorized by the titular demon. I actually liked this one a lot better as it felt tighter and it was easier to get to know and care about the characters. The special effects are brilliant and there were a lot of surprising moments for me. Talitha Batema stars as the one girl who is more of a misfit than the others because of her handicap. Her best friend is played by Lulu Wilson, a somewhat flippant but likable kid. Stephanie Sigman plays the nun who is their caretaker, a no- nonsense, tough woman who is also very loving. Anthony LaPaglia and Miranda Otto play the couple who let the children into their house and do very well at playing vaguely sinister but also very sad. The rest of the cast is spot on as well. I recommend this movie as well.

Insidious

This movie follows a family who moves into a house and are suddenly haunted by all sorts of weird spooks and demons. It causes a rift in the family and everybody is at their wit’s end before they call a medium. I felt like this movie could have been done better. It is definitely creative but messy and paced weirdly. I have read that director James Wan was already thinking of the Conjuring movies while he made this movie and it shows. They could be a shared universe if the stars aligned. It is a shame because the movie is written by Leigh Whannell who has written some good movies in Upgrade and The Invisible Man. The movie stars Rose Byrne who plays a mother who is a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown even before the spooky stuff starts. Patrick Wilson plays her inconsistent and standoffish husband. Lin Shaye eventually comes in as a kindly and wisecracking medium who immediately made the movie better. I abandoned this movie about 3/4s through and I do not know if I will watch the sequels/prequels. I do not recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

Bowling For Soup – Getting Old Sucks (But Everybody’s Doing It)

Evanescence – Feeding The Dark

Witch – Good Girl

Mungo’s Hi Fi, Eva Lazarus Ft. Max Romeo – Babylon Raid

Mashup of the Week:

Bronze is Bored – The Kid’s Don’t Lie

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is James Wan does Possessions
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
i watched more Elementary Season 4
I watched more Prodigal Son Season 2
I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 11
I watched more Conspiracies
I started watching The Sons of Sam

Possession

September 23, 2019

“Don’t do it,” a little voice in Renna head said but Karen was not really listening. Her eyes looked unfocused as she finished tying the gnome to a table. She swayed a bit and her unnatural movements might have scared the gnome if the guy was awake. She finished securing his wrists and ankles and then she walked toward where the knife was.

“Please don’t do this,” the little voice said. “You don’t want to do this. This isn’t you!” Once again, Renna disregarded the voice and picked up the knife. Something made her mouth smile but it was not her. This was not like her at all. She was a healer, not a butcher. All of her oaths and faith seemed to be lost in a fog. She raised the knife and prepared to cut. It had to be precise.

“Do not do this!” the voice screamed. “You can stop. You can stop now.” Renna shook her head and started to lower the blade. The gnome, Calba Halfstone started to wake up. He saw the knife and started to try and scream and squirm. He could not get away and all he managed to do was slide the knife’s blade against his skin, marking it. It was not precise. Renna frowned. This would not do. She tried to refocus on making the correct mark. That internal voice was screaming wordlessly in fear and frustration. It was kind of annoying.

She drove her elbow into Halfstone’s face, trying to subdue him. The blow made a sickening noise but Halfstone did not stop moving. So frustrating. She briefly contemplated using the knife but that was not what the plan was. It was at this point that Renna heard and then felt music surrounding her. Such pleasant music. She felt herself begin to fade, dropping to her knees. The voice inside was elated, cheering wildly. As she unwillingly laid down on the floor, she heard the gnome yelling something about a necklace. Renna was wearing a necklace. Was there a connection there? Then she fell asleep.

She had no idea how much time passed but when she woke up Renna was tied to a chair. She squirmed, trying to get out but the ropes were too tight. She flashed back to Calba squirming against his restraints on the table and she was horrified. What had she done? Somebody removed her blindfold and Renna blinked as the harsh light stung her eyes. It was a little like a hangover. Standing in front of her was Nika Beltloud and Calba Halfstone. They were her friends but she felt guilt stabbing deep to the core of her being.

“Oh gods,” Renna said. “are you alright, Calba?”

Calba crossed his arms across his chest. He was bandaged cleanly. “I’ll survive,” he said. “It got pretty close there, though.”

“I didn’t want to hurt you,” Renna said. “I don’t know what happened. I remember being taken captive by the Drow. Then I kind of remember being stuck down in a well and then I could see myself trying to hurt you.”

“It was the necklace they put on you,” Calba said. “It charmed you, filled you with a dark presence.”

“We’d release you but we’re waiting to see if it has fully left your system,” Nika said. “We don’t want to have to put you down again.”

Renna nodded. “I’m alright with that,” she said. “Keep me tied up. I’d be fine with staying this way forever.” A tear slid down her cheek.

“It wasn’t you, Renna,” Nika said. “We know it wasn’t you. We’ll make sure you’re better and then we’ll solve this Drow problem.”

“I hope this teaches you not to go off on your own,” Calba said with a smile.

Renna almost laughed but it came out half sob, half happy noise. “I was doing it to keep you two safe. The Drow are dangerous,” she said.

“See how that worked out?” Calba asked.

“We’re a team, Ren,” Nika said. “You can’t ditch us and we can’t ditch you. We’re stronger together.” She stroked Renna’s hair and Renna was grateful for the comfort.

“Where do we go from here?” Renna asked. She felt hopeful for the first time since she had been captured.

“We go to war,” Calba said. “We burn them down.”


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