The Crooked Man Is Terrifying!

Hi Internet People,

Over the weekend I decided to take the plunge and watch The Conjuring 2. I had recently watched the first one and the spin-off movie Annabelle. I didn’t think either of them was remarkably scary, I actually got really bored watching Annabelle and was let down by how not scared I was. The Conjuring 2 though was way creepier than I was anticipating.

Not only was the main plot making me jump, but the side plot with Lorraine’s vision of Ed was also super creepy. There were so many more jump scares and the little girl channeling the spirit of the man who died was made more and more frightening throughout. There were a number of times that they shifted between her body and the dead man’s while she was channeling his spirit. Not only was that really clever, but it made it even scarier.

I was jumping a lot while I was watching it and I even had to watch part of it with my hand in front of my face. The nun that Lorraine was seeing kept making me think of a moment from my childhood. I wrote about it ages ago on The Nerdy Girl Express when we did a series of Halloween articles. If you haven’t read that article, when I was very young in the middle of the night I thought I heard someone calling my name. I walked to the top of my stairs and quietly said hello, then I thought I heard a woman scream my name from the downstairs. In my mind the person who screamed was a woman in a long black dress with a deathly pale face. That image was remarkably similar to the nun in The Conjuring 2.

The scariest part of the movie was the use of The Crooked Man. I knew once those kids started playing with that toy that the image would be used later on. That toy was just way to creepy not to be used later. The Crooked Man that appeared within the movie was introduced in such a frightening way. It morphed out of a dog! Then it turned into a massively tall man who was just horrific. When it attacked Ed I had to watch through my fingers because I did not want that image in my mind all night. Even though it was scary I really enjoyed this sequel, it was just so much more frightening than the other two movies in the Conjuring Universe.

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Talk to ya tomorrow,

Katherine

Should I Watch Annabelle?

Hi Internet People,

This is more a poll I guess than a regular post, but I need your help. On Friday I watched The Conjuring because my friend loaned it to me and based on the amount of Annabelle in it I keep thinking I should attempt to watch it. Now I’m saying attempt for a reason there. I’m actually terrified of the idea of that movie.

A little over a year ago on The Nerdy Girl Express I mentioned that I hate two thing in this world more than anything else, ventriloquist dummies and creepy looking dolls. I’m giving the dolls aspect a bit of a preface because I have owned/do own a couple of dolls still. One is an American Girl doll that I am totally never getting rid of because I desperately wanted one for so long as a kid and the other is a cloth doll I got in middle school at Hot Topic. Neither of them weird me out, but porcelain dolls, those things just seem menacing.

Annabelle in the movie seems like a combination of these two terrible things, which just seems unfair. I mean they’ve literally birthed a thing that is like the spawn of my two least favorite things and given it a movie. The real Annabelle isn’t even that creepy looking, she’s just a Raggedy Ann doll with a different name. They showed the doll on Mysteries at the Museum, seriously still creepy, but at least mildly more cuddly looking in real life. The Conjuring actually had way more of her in it than I was anticipating and since I already had to put up with her once, I’m thinking I should just go full hog and watch the movie specifically devoted to her.

If you’ve seen it can you let me now what you thought so I have an idea of what to expect? If I watch it I’m totally going to live tweet it because I can’t suffer that panic inducing mess alone. I would loss my mind if I did. Okay, probably not, but I would still be super freaked out. Let me know what you think here in the comments or on Twitter, @kleffnotes.

Find me on my kleffnotes YouTube channel, I write for The Nerdy Girl Express and run their Snapchat, thenerdygirlexp, and I post recipes on the iZombie Support Group site.

Talk to ya tomorrow,

Katherine