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The Conjuring (2013): Movie Review

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Anyone that knows me knows that supernatural movies scare the daylights out of me. So as you would imagine I wasn’t quite rushing my way to see this movie, but eventually decided to take the plunge anyways. I mean what’s the worst thing that can happen; me losing a few nights sleep right?

The Conjuring is based on a true story and provides an insight into the lives of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren who help out the very troubled Perron family.
Directed by none other than James Wan, who is no stranger to the horror genre, having directed and produced the Saw franchise as well as Insidious.

Actors/ Characters

Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson star as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Lily Tyler and Ron Livingston play mother and father Carolyn and Roger Perron, to their five daughters. Shanley Casswell plays Andrea Perron, Hayley McFarland plays Nancy Perron, Joey King plays Christine Perron, Mackenzie Foy plays Cindy Perron and Kyla Deaver plays April Perron.

Shannon Kook, John Brotherton and Sterling Jerins also star.

Plot

The intro sees paranormal experts Ed and Lorraine Warren investigating the “Annabelle” case, whereby 2 nurses are terrorised by a possessed doll.

Elsewhere, Carolyn and Roger have just moved into their new farmhouse with their 5 daughters, which they had bought from an auction. Their dog, however, refuses to enter the property although the Perrons don’t give it a second thought to this. Whilst messing about, one of the daughters discovers a cellar which had been boarded up. The next day Carolyn wakes up with bruising on her body, and the dog is discovered dead outside their property.

Over the next few nights, paranormal activities start occurring like making their presence felt in the girls’ bedrooms whilst Carolyn’s bruising gets worse but she puts this down to a medical condition.

The last straw seems to be when Carolyn is locked in the cellar whilst a spirit attacks the daughters. She eventually contacts the Warrens. They agree to help the Perron family.

A scene from The Conjuring
Image courtesy of Collider

After thorough investigations, they discover the house to be haunted by Bathsheba, who had previously tried to sacrifice her children to Satan before hanging herself and cursing the land which the property stands on.

The spirit of Bathsheba is intent on destroying the Perron family. It is up to Ed and Lorraine to use all of their paranormal experience if they are too free the Perrons from their nightmare.

Verdict

One of the lines that keep being thrown around is “One of the scariest movies out”, and it was equally thrown at this movie. I have to say that this is not the scariest movie out there, but it is a chilling atmospheric movie none-the-less.

The scares are constant, but less of the surprise element and more of the standard bangs and knocks you see in recent ghost movies. Obviously this is an insight into the world of Ed and Lorraine, so it’s fair to say that there will be more sequels in the pipeline. The Perron case was just one of many that they had investigated.

James Wan has done an excellent job of creating a haunting story which has a 70’s feel to it as if it had actually been made in that era.

The acting in itself was very well done from Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson playing the paranormal investigators to Lily Tyler playing Carolyn looking to save her family.

Overall, it’s a genre that I tend to stay away from as I get easily spooked but I have to say The Conjuring is definitely entertaining for the genre it represents.

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