The Conjuring, Creepy, Shocking and Terrifying. Movie Review
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse, in horror The Conjuring.
Based on a true story and of Carolyn (Lili Taylor) and Roger Perron (Ron Livingston) who move their family in to a dilapidated Rhode Island farm-house only to find that strange things start to happen.
Carolyn contacts paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) to investigate why the nightmarish horrors are happening to the family.
The Warrens soon discover that the area is steeped in a satanic haunting that is now targeting the Parren family wherever they go. To stop this evil, the Warrens have to call upon all their skills and spiritual strength to defeat this spectral menace at its source that threatens to destroy everyone in the household and those involved.
Directed by James Wan (Insidious), the film isn’t another one of those atrocious, hand-held camera, Paranormal Activity style movies, it has more style than those, it’s a “real” film with actors rather than cheap bit part players. It also has a filmed style to make it feel like it is in the late 60?s early 70s.
Now with most films of this genre these days, we expect the gore to flow in a way to shock and scare the audience, the difference with The Conjuring is the lack of over the top gore and instead, the use of atmosphere of the house and the darkness is used to scare the living daylights out of the audience and it works.
Although most shocks are quite predictable, they are used to full effect with the audience screaming, jumping and generally watching the film behind their hands or from their partner’s shoulder!
Using a psychological side of the film to scare people is brilliant and this, in all honesty, is how a horror should be, we have gotten so used to all the gory horrors, that we have all almost forgot that the sheer effect of something that isn’t there or could just be lurking in the shadows is so much more scary than a gore-fest filled movie.
Overall Thoughts for The Conjuring
A great line up of cast for the film, nicely directed by James Wan, shocks where needed, nice use of sound to pull in the audience to make them feel at unease. Making $140 Million already the news that The Conjuring 2 may already be in the pipeline.