Wednesday, November 16, 2016

THE CONJURING

The Conjuring Movie Review

After experiencing strange happenings in their recently purchased house, the Perron family calls upon Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Insidious and Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel), two experienced paranormal investigators, to check things out. Modern day horror legend James Wan (Saw, Insidious) directs this nightmare-inducing film, and does a wonderful job at it. There is an impressive balance between focus on the Perron family (headed by Ron Livingston from Office Space and Lili Taylor from High Fidelity) and the Warrens leading up to the two families meeting. The scares in this movie are genuine and start early on.

If you want to scare Mrs. Perron and you know it clap your hands

Wan does a fantastic job setting an uneasy mood throughout the film, and, being based in 1971, he brings a look to the movie that makes it seem as though it could have actually been released in 1971. The acting is very good here--all four of the above named actors bring their A-game to the table here. Back to the scares--this movie has very little profanity (no F bombs are dropped), little blood, no gore, no sex--yet it received an R rating based on just how frightening the movie is. Forget jump scares--they go for pure terror in this movie, and everybody involved pulls it off nicely.

Witch scene is your favorite?

The back story is very layered and impressive, opening up numerous doors and directions for the movie to go in. Speaking of the story--it is very strongly based on actual events, up to and including using the real names of the actual people involved in the case, as well as having some of said actual people on set to assist. There are a couple setbacks to the movie, however--while the acting is strong throughout, it seems to fall apart at the worst time--the end. I read the movie was shot in chronological order, and perhaps the actors were worn out by then, I don't know, but when the ultimate time to step it up came, the cast, particularly Wilson and Livingston, drops the ball. A couple of the kids (there are six total) struggle, but mercifully the weaker ones have minimal roles. My main complaint, however, is the involvement of the police officer and the audio/video guy brought in for the investigation--this is done approximately two thirds of the way into the movie, and these two bring a bumbling comedy element that is way out of place in this film. These complaints, however, are not enough to ruin the movie. The Conjuring is not a perfect horror film, but it is a very good one, and one of the scariest movies you will see.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 8

The Conjuring Movie Trailer

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