Rated R for sequences of
disturbing violence and terror
Directed by James Wan
Produced by Tony
DeRosa-Grund, Peter Safran, Rob Cowan
Written by Chad Hayes,
Music by Joseph Bishara
Cinematography John R.
Editing by Kirk M. Morri
Studio The Safran
Evergreen Media Group
New Line Cinema
Running time 112 minutes
Country United States
Ed and Lorraine Warren were real life people, probably most famous for
investigating the creepy and, most likely, made up story of the
haunting the we all know as The Amityville Horror. However,
there is one case that they have kept secret for years and it appears
that the best way to reveal that case is to make a major motion
picture production of it!
It's The Conjuring and, to be honest, you
don't have to believe in spooks, ghosts, demons, or ghost-hunters to
have a good time in this movie. The Conjuring could
very well be the best horror movie to come out in years.
After a quick and very creepy prologue with a demonic doll, we are
introduced to the Perron family who are moving out to the country to
their dream home. Soon, however, their dream home turns into a
series of bedwetting night terrors as hell slowly becomes unleashed to
the point that wardrobes betray their promise to take you to snowy
Lion-Jesus land and clapping hands become the stuff of your most
Enter Ed and Lorraine who come to clean the house and end up embroiled
in a demonic possession that not only plays hard, but plays dirty...
eventually going after the ghost hunters themselves.
Its wonderful when horror gets in the hands of someone who knows how
it works. Someone who knows that a darkened hallway and growling
noises can illicit more scares than some CGI abomination. The
conjuring moves slowly and methodically, but never feels like it is
stagnated. The slow build up continues and continues but never
When spooky shit does go down, it is effective and clever and plays on
fears we can all relate to. Mysterious bangs, a darkened
cellar... they are everything that we have been afraid of before and
seeing them unfold on the screen is like reliving them all over again.
More than that, The Conjuring not only works as a supremely
crafted supernatural thriller, but it also works because it presents
us with characters that we care about. The Perron family, with
all of their bitchiness, problems, and togetherness are relatable
people. It's impossible not to like characters that worry about
money, or lovingly escort a sleepwalking child back to bed.
the Warrens, whether you believe that they are saviors or charlatans,
are presented as good people with problems, cares, and a family of
their own. It's an easy way to find something in common with a
duo who make their living fighting Satan.
There may not be anything spit-shine new about the story, but it's
still an effective one with well-timed scares, a superb and creepy
atmosphere, and an overall sense of anticipation and dread.
The Conjuring is horror done right with actual horror, no cheap
jump cuts, gore, or CGI. Just good old-fashioned scary stuff and
a story you can get emotionally vested in. It's the best horror
movie I've seen all year and, quite likely, the best I've seen in
The "based on a true story" thing is most likely bullshit or at least
stretched thin to the point that it is transparent and could be jumped
on for amusement by children, but it doesn't matter... the movie is
unexpectedly great and contains more than enough spookiness for fans