Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story, "The Conjuring" tells the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the W...more
Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story, "The Conjuring" tells the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives. less
“The Conjuring is well-crafted, abundantly spooky with eerie performances. Don't miss one of the most effective horror films in recent times.”
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This film does not reinvent the horror genre, it does not up the ante of gore or slashing or killing, it does not give a new prosthetic set for ghosts to follow in scores of dilms here on, neither will it spawn a series of sequels like the directors earlier Saw. Yet, The Conjuring will you thoroughly scared with some seriously spine chilling moments; old school.
Recording the "real life " events of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, the film is a story of the Parrons- a family of five daughters and a couple who move into a new house ifested by a battery of spirits, one of whom is really really evil. The story follows the process of discovering the haunting and the eventual remedy through good old exorcism. Set in the 1970's the film is delightfully periodic not only in its tenor and pace but also in the tools it uses to scare you.
Very unlike for new age horror films, the director steers clear of any kind of gore. The sotry is told through two perspectives, The Warrens giving an account through their investigations, while the Parrons telling us the same story from a "lived in" point of view. The house is haunted you know from the very beginning, but the way the proceedings unravel, you are taken on a discovery of the haunting and the extent of the evil along with the films characters. Long dark patient camera work adds to the mood of fear, as you sit on the edge of the seat learning more about the evil at hand.
A Lot is left out from the actual chronicled events in the story. There are may detials that could have made the story richer and given it depth, like the angle of hte oyungest daughter seeing the small kid ghost, then the back story of Lorraine and her loosing a part of her self through an earlier exorcism, or why Ed was not allowed to perform one. The director exchanges all these details for setting up an environment where one does not question the logic of the story for we as audience are also equally understanding the haunting as are the Warrens and the Parrrons on the screen. A Sense of codiscovery enhances the believablity of the whole enterprise, creating a brilliant sense of fear that has rarely been created in horror films of late.
The director also excels in the choice of actors. Vera brings to her part a know all authotiry coupled with the vulnerability of someone who knows what she is up against. Lily Taylor as the mother is also pitch perfect in her transition from a happy housewife to, well, you go find out yourself.
The conjuring reminds you of that other brilliant horror film in the last decade, The Orphanato, moving, nuanced and shit scary. This one will send shocks and chills down the spine with increasing frequency as the movie reaches its brilliant climax. Alos, be sure to complete playing hide and seek as much as you want to, post the film you wouldnt dare to play the game for a long long time.