The Perrons are a happy family, moving into a new home. Some early signs point to their home being unusual, especially the family dog's refusal to go inside. The day after they move in, the dog is found dead outside, and they proceed to experience events that seem paranormal; odd noises, such as laughing and clapping, are heard in the distance throughout the house, and one of the children is attacked by a strange visitor. After this attack, they call two famous investigators that specialize in the paranormal, Lorraine and Ed Warren. The Warrens dig into the house's history, and they find a series of unnerving stories about murders and suicides perpetrated by the home's former residents. They attempt to gain permission from the proper authorities to exorcise the evil presence from the house, but while they wait, more acts of violence occur in the home. One child is pulled by her hair across the room by an invisible figure, and more strange figures appear and disappear quickly. The mother of the family, in a horrifying turn of events, becomes possessed by the presence in the house, and begins trying to attack her own children. It's up to Ed and Lorraine to figure out how to save the children from their mother, the evil forces in the home, and hopefully themselves, before it's too late.
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Best part of story, including ending:
The movie is full to the brim with jump-scares. Those who hate being scared by sudden noises and movement will hate this, but fans of the genre will be thrilled.
Best scene in story:
Carolyn, the mother, in the dark, lighting matches to try to find her way, when hands suddenly emerge behind her and clap. It's the simplest scare, but it is utterly terrifying.
Opinion about the main character:
The main investigator, Lorraine, seems to genuinely feel for the families she attempts to save, and we feel her empathy, as portrayed by Vera Farmiga in a lovely performance.