The Conjuring, a Refreshing Scare

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The whole family went to the theatre to see The Conjuring today. It had been getting good reviews. My husband was curious and my daughters’ appetite for scary movies has been insatiable. This was my daughters’ first experience of a horror film outside our home. It was a sparsely populated theatre, which is the way I like it.

This movie is part Exorcist, part Poltergeist, part Woman in Black. It is certainly as scary as those films, put together. The film is apparently based on a true story from the archives of famous demonologists, Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). The year is 1971 and Carolyn and Roger Perron (Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston) are grateful to have the Warren’s investigate their haunted house. We quickly learn of a malevolent spirit associated with their newly purchased country home. This spirit quickly attaches itself to the family and nothing short of an exorcism will give this family peace.

This movie is well paced and well acted. There is not much new ground covered but the material is deftly handled. The tone is predominantly serious, interupted by one well-timed laugh out loud moment. The climax of the film is dramatic and refreshingly satisfying. This film even has reasonably fleshed out characters, considering the genre. Nobody does anything glaringly stupid, which is one of many shockers served up to the audience. We gain insight into the dynamics of the Warrens, as a couple, as parents and as professionals. We are convinced of their commitment; they put themselves in peril for their belief in God and the greater good. We get to know the Perrons as a loving family with 5 lively daughters who become terrorized in an escalating fashion.

There were many spooky noises, bumps in the night, creepy images in the corner of your eye and a few that jumped out at you. I was the only one to shriek out loud when startled, which sent my family (myself included) and those patrons within earshot into fits of giggles. This added to an enjoyable yet tense outing. The ghostly images were no worse than what we had seen in prior films. Nothing too gruesome here. We really enjoyed The Conjuring and thought it a fine addition to the horror genre.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. CMrok93
    Jul 27, 2013 @ 16:11:10

    Nice review Ann. Even though I wouldn’t consider it terribly scary, I would still say it’s a bunch of fun, especially if the horror genre is one of, if not your favorites.

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