The Conjuring (2013)

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The Conjuring (2013)
  • Time: 112 min
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Director: James Wan
  • Cast: Mackenzie Foy, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

Storyline:

In 1971, Carolyn and Roger Perron move their family into a dilapidated Rhode Island farm house and soon strange things start happening around it with escalating nightmarish terror. In desperation, Carolyn contacts the noted paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, to examine the house. What the Warrens discover is a whole area steeped in a satanic haunting that is now targeting the Perron family wherever they go. To stop this evil, the Warrens will have to call upon all their skills and spiritual strength to defeat this spectral menace at its source that threatens to destroy everyone involved.

7 reviews

  • “The Conjuring” is the craziest scary movie I’ve ever seen in my life. Director James Wan brings great tension and atmosphere to the scary scenes, though he also deserves credit for guiding us through a very moving story about what has to be one of the coolest on-screen married couples ever. Patrick Wilson just gets better with every role, and Vera Farmiga brings her usual intensity and haunting beauty to her part. The film is great because there is no delay to the story of film, it pretty much gets right into the creepiness from the beginning of the film and the events of the families story pretty much happen right at the beginning of the film too. I think if people have given up on the horror genre, then they should try giving this film some of their time. The best part is … It’s a true story! Good luck sleeping at night :)!

  • A CLOSED MY EYES WHEN I WAS WATCHING ”THE CONJURING”

  • The Conjuring

    My Rating: 7.8/10

    Patrick Wilson and Vera Famiga play Ed and Lorraine Warren in James Wan’s ‘The Conjuring’. This is a film that is definitely not recommended for the light hearted as it is, in my opinion, the most frightening horror film of the decade. Ed and Lorraine who are paranormal investigators by profession, find themselves in the middle of a horrifying situation like never before. The film circles around the Perron Family consisting of Ron Livingston (Roger Perron), Carolyn Perron (Lilli Taylor) and their 5 girl children.Image

    The Perron family move into a farm house at Rhode Island, not knowing that the house is already occupied by very dark spirits. The Perron family move into the unholy house expecting to start a new bright life but all their dreams fall into the darkness as Bathsheba, the dead witch, gets into contact with them. The cold winds around the house and the activities that happen in and around at night will make several chills run down your spine.

    The children play a game of hide and clap, which gets them in contact with the spirits in the house. The clocks stop ticking every night at 3:07, the doors start slamming, photo frames start breaking and evil takes center stage. The family is terrorized by these activities and seeks the help of Ed and Lorraine to save their lives.

    Ed and Lorraine arrive at the Perrons’ house and within a short span of time, they detect the evil that exists within it. The basement where Bathsheba practiced her witchcraft is shown to be the prime location of all the dark activities. Bathsheba latches herself onto Carolyn Perron, and tries to carry on her witchcraft by controlling Carolyn. The possessed Carolyn hurts her own family unknowingly while Ed and Lorraine attempt to put an end to all of Bathsheba’s cruel intentions.

    A doll named Annabelle is often shown as a symbol of evil in the film and is very gruesome in appearance. Scenes such as the woman on the wardrobe, the woman in the basement and the corpse hanging on the tree branch can make you jump out of your seats in fear. The final scene of the film when the exorcism of Carolyn takes place is nerve-racking.

    This film is not one to be taken lightly by viewers because this film is based on a real-life story. Most events are mirror reflections of what actually happened to the Perron family between 1970 and 1980. I’m a big fan of horror films and this film is my personal favourite horror film yet. The film from the start till the end is like a roller coaster ride. Or maybe even more fearful.

    Now, want to play a game of hide and clap?

  • James Wan is probably the most famous young horror director. He was involved in the Saw saga, directing two and producing all of the movies. He’s also famous for including a specific trademark in all of his horror movies – that trademark being creepy evil dolls. But The Conjuring is supposed to differ from his previous works, since it’s based on the true story of the Perron family and Ed and Lorraine Warren, the latter being famous paranormal investigators who worked on the Amytiville Horror case, among many others. The Conjuring was extremely well received, which is kind of a surprise, as new horror movies are not generally known for being good.

    In 1971, the Perron family – Roger, Carolyn and their five daughters – moves into an old farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island. On their first night there, they discover a secret cellar, and while sleeping, an invisible force pulls one of the daughters’ leg. In the morning, they find their dog – who didn’t want to enter the house – dead. The next days, more strange things happen: doors open on their own, clapping can be heard when there’s nobody there etc. Frightened, Carolyn (Lily Taylor) convinces Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) to come and inspect the house. The couple discovers a malevolent spirit attached to the Perron family and decide to look for evidence in order to request an exorcism from the Church.

    The Conjuring isn’t entirely faithful to the true story – for example, the Perrons lived in the haunted house 10 years, while the movie makes it look like just a couple of weeks, and they have reported the presence of good spirits, too. But that’s not really relevant, especially because most people will find it much more interesting to speculate whether the spirits/demons are real at all (it happens with every movie of this kind). And also because The Conjuring is a great movie. It’s not a typical jump scare plus murderous demon kind of horror, which is excellent because it really works hard to scare you, mainly by creating atmosphere (unlike the jump scares that just abuse human instincts). In the end, you find you were mostly afraid of nothing, because you expected something to appear but it never did. This is the movie’s best feature, since all the other scares, featuring visible spirits, aren’t quite as scary. I also appreciated the fact that the movie’s following two timelines – the Warrens’ and the Perrons’. The Warrens’ especially adds a lot of drama to the movie, which makes it very relaxing from time to time, but also lets you connect with the characters a lot. Too many times do we see a horror movie in which people die before we’ve even learned their names.

    The acting is very good, too, especially the children’s – who all look genuinely afraid when they have to – and even though there are no famous actors in the movie. Finally, the use of soundtrack was amazing, as a dramatically loud sound was rarely heard when something scary occurred: again, the makers of the movie didn’t focus on humans’ natural, instinctive responses in order to create fear. Now, about the things I didn’t quite like. The movie starts out with the Annabelle doll story: a doll inhabited by a demon was taken by the Warrens to their home after they had performed an exorcism on it. There is absolutely no reason to start the movie off with that story, since it isn’t linked in any way to the Perron family, either in the movie or in real life. Still, this start is interesting and creepy, and I admit it seems reasonable to use that story to explain what the Warrens do for a living. Moreover, the beginning is not as bad as the ending of the movie. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll just say that all the build-up during the movie doesn’t quite pay off and everything is kind of underwhelming. Nevertheless, The Conjuring is a very good horror movie that will intrigue and scare – and maybe even make you keep the lights on at night.

    Rating: 7/10

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  • “Sometimes it’s better to keep the genie in the bottle.”

    After reading a lot about it and hearing the rave reviews, I finally sat in my cosy sofa to watch this, according to sources, extreme creepy horror and enjoy every second of it. I was very curious if this film would tickle my nerves and let a scary and eerie feeling descend all over me.
    Ultimately it wasn’t so …

    Throw “The Exorcist”, “The Changeling”, “The Amityville Horror”, “Poltergeist” and “Paranormal Activity” together, shake it well and finish it with masterly camera work, and you get this horror gem as a result. Only “Drag me to hell” also got my appreciation and I judged this one as being a decent horror film since they don’t make them so well anymore recent years. Nowadays it’s more teen-horror like Twilight and paranormal nonsense like Paranormal Activity and crappy footage horror.

    Wan however has the talent to make a sizzling movie using the tension and an image-building that fascinates you and makes sure you keep on watching. It’s again full of cliches and situations that are used countless times in other films. And yet it’s all subtly intertwined and transcends the other horror crap that I have been presented with before.

    So, an outstanding horror with a somewhat disappointing ending. It gave me a feeling as if it needed to be finished in a rush. Most films would still end up with an appearance in the music box. This movie is at that point masterfully,because here it doesn’t happen.

    The fact that this film is based on a true story (which I doubt) gives this film an extra dimension.

    http://opinion-as-a-moviefreak.blogspot.be/2013/10/the-conjuring-2013.html

  • Demonic possessions and hauntings are real and happen all the time – at least that’s what the Warren family says. Here’s the strange thing, it’s not clear to whether the purpose of this movie was to terrify / entertain us or to make us believe that ghosts are real. Majority would say that the intention was for both reasons but that depends on one’s experiences now doesn’t it? Bring in someone who’s not used to the horror genre and they’ll believe anything you say,….but bring in regular gore hounds and nothing will phase them. I guess the whole concept is what you (the viewer) make it out to be.

    Anyway, this is the story of two famous paranormal investigators of the last quarter of the 20th century, Lorraine and Ed Warren. When a family named the Perrons’ move into a farmhouse, they begin to experience some very strange things about the house. Once noticed, they become terrified and call on the Warrens to help them find out if there really are ghosts in their house. That’s where things become high strung. And in some cases too much for even the Warrens. Unfortunately that’s because they took on a case they didn’t see coming. Yes, even ghost hunters have their off days.

    Acting wise, all the characterizations are believable; even for the no name actors who play the Perron family. But the two actors who do show that they were the right actors for the job was Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as the Warren couple respectively. It’s not that they gave their characters charm, but more on a human characteristic level. Although they could communicate with spirits, audiences will be able to feel that even with their special abilities, the risk is still high. That’s the scary part that’s what makes it dangerous. Both of their performances were the most memorable.

    What may surprise viewers and fans alike is how little the violence appears throughout the running time. And although it’s directed by James Wan, the guy behind the brutal Saw (2004) franchise, the basis of this movie’s horror is in the suspense – not gore. That’s the goal; suspense equals terror. This is how one makes a scary horror film. But, that doesn’t mean the scenes that were set up to be terrifying, were as terrifying as it was said to be. A lot the scare scenes involve the derivative action of sudden loud noises and long pauses of silence that lead up to the sudden loud noises. The typical scream tactic. It does work in some areas though but most events are predictable. I only jumped twice and I honestly was expecting a much stronger, scarier presentation.

    However, the scenes although typical in scares, did manage to pull off some very creepy imagery. Some of the sounds are really skin crawling – like old rickety wood cracking because it hasn’t been moved in years. Or a door slowly opening with a very light creaking noise – oooh boy. The makeup looked good too. It some ways it resembled that of the Evil Dead (2013) possessed victims. The location of filming also helped with the imagery element. The house looked worn and petrified of dead souls to begin with. And lastly, Joseph Bishara’s score to the film has a middling to effective listening experience. He definitely creates a dreaded theme with elongated counter string chords but it lacks the polish of other accomplished horror scores. Bishara’s score is more bare bones than it is filling. It is an effective horror film but it’s not as terrifying as it is said to be.

    The musical score and scares lack the terrifying trait that fans may want, but the acting by the main leads are solid and the imagery is downright cringe worthy.

    Points Earned –> 7:10

  • Let me start this review off by saying that The Conjuring is only moderately scary. This film is expertly plotted (for the first half), well cast, and provides a few jolts here and there. It’s an American horror yarn that takes place in the early 1970’s. To make things even more authentic, it also feels like 70’s film making in general. Director James Wan loves to show off with the camera by harboring a large amount of zoom ins and zoom outs (if I’m not mistaken, these are prevalent techniques used in the aforementioned decade). He seems to want to do this instead of actually frightening the audience. Heck, he even films a long tracking shot (ala Goodfellas) at the beginning. This is done as the terrorized family portrayed, is first moving in. So with all the fun that Wan is having with these shots, it still feels like he’s holding back. In just under two hours, The Conjuring is mostly build up. And when the scares come, they just doesn’t feel potent enough. But to be honest, that’s not the only problem. This is an exercise that pretty much borrows from almost every horror movie ever made. It’s basically The Exorcist meets The Amityville Horror (the houses from The Conjuring and “horror” are eerily similar) with tidbits from The Evil Dead, The Sixth Sense, The Changeling, and Paranormal Activity all thrown into the mix. Now most of what I’ve just mentioned is pretty scary stuff. It’s just too bad that a movie based on a true story such as this one, has to be so darn unoriginal by copying everything that came before it (yes the events in The Conjuring take place circa 1971, but it still was released this year. Just wanted to make that clear).

    Set in a small town in Rhode Island and taking place in the fall season (fall is inclined to include heavy rainfall like so many horror flicks do), The Conjuring tells the story of the Perron family (five girls plus Ron Livingston as Roger Perron and Lili Taylor as Carolyn Perron) buying a farmhouse and encountering demonic forces in it that are beyond their control. They buy this place not knowing the history of it or its tantalizing structure (apparently unbeknownst to them, there is a cellar below, how original). After things go bump bump in the night (naturally), they call on a husband and wife team of paranormal investigators (Patrick Wilson as Ed Warren and Vera Farmiga as Lorraine Warren) to drive out from Connecticut and rid the dwelling of all things supernatural. With all the painful familiarity going on, the best scene for me however, happens when this happily married, ghost hunting couple enters the house, scopes everything out, and delivers the bad news about what’s going on. This all happens toward the middle section of the running time and I figured things could maybe go uphill from here. Unfortunately I was wrong. In the past I’ve recommended recycled movies of all genres. With this one, I finally had to break the streak.

    You don’t have to take my word for it, but if you plan on viewing The Conjuring, just know that it almost loses its way in the second half. I’m not sure why, but this picture actually adds a comedic element with all the chaos that’s going on (it’s in the form of a police officer who tags along and looks completely out of place). It’s totally unnecessary. To be honest, I thought this vehicle was supposed to be terrifying. I guess I was wrong. Truth be told, there’s no need for some goofy side character (a sort of deadpan version of Deputy Dewey for Scream) taking part in the happenings at the Perron house. Added to that awkwardness, there’s also sort of a level of contradiction that occupies the haunted family that was just mentioned. For instance, when the investigators sit the heads of the Perron household down and tell them that they can’t escape the evil entity trying to possess them (basically they say that no one can leave the house), cut to a half hour later and the whole family being hunted, is told to go to a hotel. Furthermore, I was curious about a lot of the happenings that went on in particular, that weren’t fully explained. I mean why did random species of birds run into the wall of the house (breaking their necks I might add) and what’s up with Carolyn Perron’s voice not being heard on the tape recorder (during the initial interviews)? She’s not a dead person so it doesn’t make a lot of sense, or does it. Aw heck, if you’re gonna pull the audience in, at least let them know what they’re supposed to be frightened about.

    All in all, if you’ve never seen the countless films this bad boy imitates, The Conjuring might scare the living daylights out of you. If this flick somehow affects you, there’s a chance you might be frightened by laying on a bed, opening a closet door, clapping twice, or looking in a mirror. But if you’ve been around the block like I have when it comes to scary movies, you probably will consider it disposable to the nth degree. As familiar as an old shoe and as tired as your average college student pulling an all nighter, this take on old fashioned horror fare, is nothing to “conjure” about.

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