MOVIE REVIEW: THE CONJURING (2013)Posted: July 22, 2013
Running time: 1 hour, 52 minutes
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor
Director: James Wan
The Conjuring is based on actual events. In 1971, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called to the Perron family’s farmhouse to look into some recent ghostly shenanigans. In 1976, years after their work with the Perron farmhouse was completed, the Warrens became involved in their most famous case- the Amityville haunting.
Back to this movie. It’s pretty darn creepy, and the movie constantly amps up your anxiety level as it prepares you for the thrills. It’s probably not the best idea to watch it alone, so grab a friend.
Take a close look at the poster below and you’ll see a treat.
1971. Harrisville, Rhode Island. Roger and Carolyn Perron (Livingston and Taylor, respectively) move into a huge and creaky old home with their 5 daughters and their dog Sadie. Sadie wants no part of this house, but of course no one listens to a dog.
There’s the smell of rotting flesh that drifts between the rooms of the house, there’s a hidden stairwell that the family accidentally stumbles across, and Mom and a couple of the daughters have their own face to face experiences with whatever is haunting their home.
And that’s just the beginning. It gets even better (or worse, for all of you scaredy cats) from there.
Slow and steady wins the race.
There’s no gore or cheap thrills in this movie. Director James Wan deliberately takes his time setting up the pieces of the puzzle, and he does this primarily through Ed and Lorraine Warren (Wilson and Farmiga respectively). Ed is a self described demonologist and Lorraine is a clairvoyant, and Wan uses these characters to amp up the anxiety levels and keep you gripping the armrests until the end of the movie.
Have you seen this before?
Some critics have slammed the movie because they believe it’s reminiscent of The Exorcist, Poltergeist, and The Amityville Horror. I’ll admit this movie isn’t incredibly original and it hasn’t added anything new to the horror genre. However, it is a fresh departure from the gore-fests that studios are pumping out now. This is a solid movie, and I recommend it to all fans of the genre.
Should you go see it?
If you avoid scary movies go ahead and skip this one. Otherwise feel free to catch this at the theater! Gotta watch this one on the big screen!