The Conjuring: Movie Review

"The Conjuring" is fast-becoming the most hyped up film this year. People are proclaiming that this is one disturbing film that will leave anyone sleepless for days. So does it live up to the hype? We could say a definite yes. "The Conjuring" is extremely scary but if you assume that this is the be-all, end-all horror film then you are going to be disappointed. In fact, "The Conjuring" offers nothing new in terms of plot and overall story but Wan is so effective in eliciting fear that you will forget how the film is actually threading familiar ground.

Roger (Ron Livingston) and Carolyn Perron (Lili Taylor), along with their five daughters, move into an old farmhouse. At first, everything seems well especially with the Perrons finally having a house they could definitely call home. Soon though, weird things start to happen. Their dog Sadie never wants to go inside the house, the kids always complain of an awful smell, the clocks always stops at 3:07 in the morning and Carolyn in particular starts to get bruises all around her body. One night, the weird occurrences start to get violent and Carolyn decides to contact paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga). The Warrens must confront a powerful demonic entity, the most terrifying case of their lives, to help the Perrons escape the entity that has latched itself unto them or else.

Until now, we are still shaken with "The Conjuring". Truly, it is an experience to behold. We are not shaking in fear though but more so with how marvelous James Wan's direction and skill is. Mind you, "The Conjuring" delivers nothing new. It will thread familiar ground. A family moves into a new house, strange things happen, things get violent and a climactic exorcism needs to take place. It's the same old formula we have seen countless times. But what makes this different is the film's direction. James Wan knows how to stretch a scene and he knows the perfect timing for that shout-inducing scare. The acting was as superb as the direction as well. Lili Taylor stands out with everyone else doing a solid job. The only thing we didn't like about the film is that it had a tendency to skimp on the details. For example, numerous ghosts appear swiftly but they have little or no purpose on the overall arc. All in all though, "The Conjuring" is one heck of an experience. It may not be as disturbing as some may say it is but it is one film that has stood out out of all the horror films we have seen in recent times.

Rating: 4 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- extremely scary and effective
- superb acting

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- not for the weak hearted and ones with hyper active imaginations
- the film delivers nothing new
- we had trouble believing some events in the film actually happened

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