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The first Conjuring movie descended with one of the great marketing hooks: That the MPAA had slapped it was an R rating for simply being too scary. And, for once, the movie itself lived up to the marketing hype: With nary any blood or boobs, The Conjuring jammed audiences into a non-stop claustrophobic horror thrill ride, as Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated paranormal activity in the ’70s. A Certified Fresh rating (a first for director James Wan) helps in securing a sequel, a $300 million worldwide box office haul all but guarantees it – and the Conjuring 2 was almost as scary as the original.
Years later, the Conjuring Universe is in full-swing, having now expanded into one direct sequel and many spinoffs that have whisked audiences to locales like London, Rome, and Mexico. A second direct sequel is currently filming, more from The Nun is in the works, and this Friday, the franchise’s central creepy doll, Annabelle, Comes Home. This all prompts a play date with the Conjuring Universe movies, all ranked by Tomatometer below!
Adjusted Score: 33.222%
Critics Consensus: The Nun boasts strong performances, spooky atmospherics, and a couple decent set-pieces, but its sins include inconsistent logic and narrative slackness.
Adjusted Score: 33.729%
Critics Consensus: Annabelle borrows unabashedly from better horror films, content to leave viewers with a string of cheap jolts that fail to build on the far more effective The Conjuring.
Adjusted Score: 36.684%
Critics Consensus: Content to coast on jump scares rather than tap into its story’s creepy potential, The Curse of La Llorona arrives in theaters already broken.
Adjusted Score: 73.591%
Critics Consensus: Fun for fans even if it isn’t as frightening as some of its predecessors, Annabelle Comes Home suggests there’s still some life left in the Conjuring franchise.
Adjusted Score: 78.499%
Critics Consensus: Annabelle: Creation adds another strong chapter to the Conjuring franchise – and offers further proof that freaky-looking dolls remain reliably terrifying.
Adjusted Score: 89.691%
Critics Consensus: The Conjuring 2 can’t help but lose a bit of its predecessor’s chilly sting through familiarity, but what remains is still a superior ghost story told with spine-tingling skill.
Adjusted Score: 94.464%
Critics Consensus: Well-crafted and gleefully creepy, The Conjuring ratchets up dread through a series of effective old-school scares.
Charlie Confronts Elizabeth Potthast: I Won’t Let You STEAL Dad’s Money!
This last episode of 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? left us all wondering if Andrei was going to beat up Charlie.
As you can see in this video, things are looking more complicated than that … because Charlie is just as mad at his sister right now.
In this sneak peek clip of 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? Season 5, Episode 15, Chuck narrates the apparent aftermath of Andrei and Charlie’s confrontation.
“Him and Charlie confronted each other,” he explains to his concerned daughter, Elizabeth.
“He didn’t want to get in a fight with Charlie,” Chuck continues, “so he was like, ‘no, not now. And he walked away.”
“And so,” Chuck explains to Libby, “right now, he was the bigger man.”
It sounds as though he is speaking up in defense of his layabout of a son-in-law. That, folks, we did not see coming.
Charlie … is not doing himself any favors, here.
Poking his father in the chest but addressing Elizabeth, Charlie says “He’s soft! He’s soft!”
“He, like, f–king, like, bends over backwards for you guys,” he accuses.
Keep in mind that Elizabeth’s brother has been drinking all evening.
“This is my daughter’s wedding!” Chuck points out, explaining why he wants things to go well.
“I don’t give a f–k!” Charlie retorts. “I don’t give a f–k!”
Oh, Charlie, this is not a good look. And it gets worse.
“Going forward,” Charlie slurs, “I am going to protect him.”
Still referring to his father, he declares: “And y’all aren’t stealing any of his money.”
A perplexed Elizabeth replies: “Nobody’s stealing anybody’s money.”
“This is my night, like, this is my night,” Elizabeth emphasizes to her inebriated brother.
She implores him: “Please, don’t ruin it.”
Charlie then walks away, vanishing into the crowd.
“They don’t pick the right place or the right time to do any of their bullsh–t,” Elizabeth expresses to her father.
“They have zero regard,” she laments.
“And,” Libby continues, “I just want to dance and have a good time.”
“I don’t want to do this right now,” Elizabeth says.
“Forget about it,” Chuck stresses to her. “Forget about it.”
It is his turn to plead: “Don’t let it ruin your evening.”
Reassured to some degree by her father’s words, she walks off and joins her husband, Andrei.
“A part of me worries that, what if my family never gets along with my husband?” Libby tells the confessional camera.
“Like, what if they always have this constant tension and drama and negativity?” she openly fears. “Like, what if it doesn’t end? I just … I don’t know.”
On the one hand, we can more than understand the root of her fears.
Andrei’s piss-poor attitude and his refusal to take generous job offers from her family have rubbed everyone the wrong way.
But her fears in this moment may be misplaced.
It sounds like Charlie’s conflict isn’t just about Andrei, but about Elizabeth herself, too.
He sounds insecure about his role in his family’s finances and resentful of what Chuck has spent on Elizabeth.
He is also, well, drunk. He’s not going to be drunk at every family gathering for the rest of time. At least, we assume not.
As for Chuck, he is actually Team Andrei at the moment, an almost unbelievable prospect.
He was praising Andrei’s behavior to his daughter and is clearly embarrassed by Charlie’s behavior.
This is all seemingly in the aftermath of Charlie’s confrontation with Andrei, so we take it from this that nobody got beaten up. That’s good.
SALEM – “Starfall”
Earlier this week, SALEM popped back into all of our lives when they used their official channels to post their recent STAY DOWN mixtape, which originally aired on NTS Radio back in May. The mix contained new material from the group, including an isolated track called “CAPULETS,” and it marked the first new proper SALEM material since their 2011 I’m Still In The Night EP.
Now, just a couple weeks before their debut album King Night turns 10, they’ve returned with a proper single called “Starfall.” It’s booming and syrupy slow, and it comes attached with footage taken from an excursion the duo took with a group of storm trackers during tornado season. Check it out below.
Halsey & Sydney Sweeney Are Jaw-Dropping ‘Dream Girls’ In Skimpy Swimsuits
Halsey, who just announced her acting debut, will appear with Sydney Sweeny in the TV show, “The Player’s Table,” and if this is any inclination as to what viewers will be in for, consider us IN! Just when you think they couldn’t get any better individually, the two joined forces and have left fans speechless.
Halsey dropped a number of swimsuit shots showing her alongside Sydney Sweeney and before you even scroll, know these should come with a NSFW warning!
Scroll to see their bikini shots!
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