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Film Review – The Conjuring

Director: James Wan
Screenplay: Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes,
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Kyla Deaver                        
Genre: Horror Thriller
Rating: ***
Venue: Ster Kinekor Maerua Mall Cine 2

Rating Score
* – Poor
** – Average
*** – Good
**** – Very Good
***** – Excellent

I have always been a fan of horror films, there is just something about them that leaves one wanting more. Something about them drives you off the edge, makes you watch them with only one eye open but with so much curiosity to see what will happen next. Some even leave you feeling haunted. ‘The Conjuring’ fits perfectly into the description of an awesome horror movie. In The Conjuring, the Perrons are a close-knit family of seven who move into a beautiful lake house in the serenity of the woods. Unbeknown to them the pretty house is haunted by the worst ghosts that the human mind can imagine.
They move into the house and then strange things start to happen. First their dog Sadie, that had somewhat of a sixth sense about the house refuses to enter the house. Head of the house Roger (Ron Livingston) sees it as a failure of adjustment to new surroundings for the dog, but begins to suspect something when his last born, April (Kyla Deaver) finds the family pet lying in a pool of blood with its throat slit the morning after the family moved into their new home. Birds that fly over the house fall to the ground and break their necks, picture frames begin falling off the wall and then all the watches and clocks in the house stop at 03.07 am.
One of the children then discovers a hidden cellar door which leads to a discovery of even more haunting things. The mother, Carolyn (Lili Taylor) wakes up with bruises on her body. All these bizarre events prompt the couple to enlist the services of paranormal investigating couple Lorraine, a clairvoyant played by Vera Farmiga and Warren, a demonologistplayed by Patrick Wilson to help them get to the root of the strange events occurring in their home.
It starts off slow and somewhat gets confusing in some of the scenes where it looks like the Warrens and the Perrons are in two different eras but then builds up to become quite an adrenalin rush film. It has just the right amount of scares at the right moment when you least expect them. I take my hat off to Director James Wan for getting it right on that part, because its not often that one watches a scary movie that is not predictable. The actors are very convincing, the dialogue is excellent and the scary scenes are actually very scary. Frightening music boxes, dead bodies floating in lakes, closets with zombies and scary dolls, all make The Conjuring an awesome movie. However it will make you think twice about buying property on auction or property which you don’t know the history of. It’s so scary I could not even watch the credits at the end of the film. All I wanted to do was get out of the cinema hall in case Annabell the doll comes after me. The adrenalin rushes in most scenes of the movie leave you imagining ghosts and even screaming out of the blue. Trust me if you do not believe in ghosts or in haunting dolls you surely will after this.


About The Author

Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia


20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.