You move into an old farmhouse in Rhode Island. You know it's going to be a challenge putting the place back together. Well, in 1971, Carolyn (Lili Taylor) and Roger Perron (Ron Livingston) and their five children make the move to rural America. The first couple of days on the farm are a little weird. Carolyn wakes up to bruises on her leg. Their dog comes up dead. He had been barking loudly the night before but thought it was just because of the new place. Doors open and close on their own and a clapping noise can be heard. The one daughter goes sleepwalking and ends up banging her head on a wall unit in her sisters room. Finally, they call in some paranormal investigators to check out what is going on with this house. Ed (Patrick Wilson) and his wife Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) Warren are called to come out and look at the house. Their findings are that there is a spirit living in the house. The suggestion is an exorcism needs to be performed.
The Warrens do some background on the house and they found a woman who had been accused of being a witch. It seems the woman called Bathsheba (Joseph Bishara) was in the process of sacrificing her child when she was caught. She climbed a tree and cursed everyone on the ground. It seems since then women have killed their children or suicides had occurred in everything that was ever built on the property. Bathsheba eventually proclaimed her love for Satan and then committed suicide. They knew they needed more evidence before they could go to the church for the exorcism.
They brought cameras and sensors to try and catch the culprit who was haunting the farm. More paranormal activities occur and they eventually would take their evidence to Father Gordan (Steve Coulter) for the purpose of having an exorcism. This movie sounds more and more like the Amityville Horror or Poltergeist. It has it's moments but it is not what we were promised by all the hype. Director James Wan has given us a dark horror movie but the story sounds like too many we have seen before.