The Conjuring

The Conjuring

(2013)

Based on the true case files of the Warrens.

From the director of Saw and Insidious comes this paranormal horror based on the true story of married demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). Called upon to help a family terrorised by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse, the Warrens confront a powerful entity and the most terrifying case of their lives.

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Flicks Review

Boy James Wan sure does have a thing for dolls. And it's a good thing, as some stuff with a doll is the only really interesting thing that happens in The Conjuring.... More

It's a well-crafted film to be sure, with a finely honed sense of its '70s setting, four reliably solid performers in the lead roles and child actors who can hold their own.

But it's just all so darn familiar – The Conjuring feels like someone chucked Poltergeist, Paranormal Activity, The Orphanage, Insidious (Wan's previous film) and especially The Amityville Horror into a blender, then added a bit with a doll. It's pretty much entirely constructed of pieces of other films, and not always good ones.

Wan knows how to construct tension, so if all you're looking for is a few solid jolts then The Conjuring will suffice, but he fails to bring anything original to the table – even the doll stuff is borrowed from his own Dead Silence (which is actually quite good).

The Conjuring is gathering good buzz ahead of its release, and less demanding fans of the horror genre should find much to enjoy. But while effectively-executed tension and an ominous tone are all well and good, horror films have to surprise on some level, and in this regard The Conjuring struggles.

An argument could be made that this film's point of difference is how it focuses on the real-life 'paranormal investigators' Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), but even their story feels punishingly familiar.

The Conjuring is not a bad film, it's just not a great one either.Hide


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BY OscarSM superstar

This is an enjoyable ghost flick that definitely packs in some good scares. Whilst it didn't genuinely frighten me it did keep me on the edge often and I was constantly engaged fully.


BY Dan-Thompson superstar

A real throwback to the old-school horrors of the 70s. Properly creepy - I had to tape cushions on the ceiling to protect my wife's head - and that's all you could want from a ghost tale.


BY Rhys-Rushton superstar

It's been a while. But finally there is a horror movie that lives up to the title.
I remember the time of genuine horrors. The exorcists and the Damien the Omens of the 70s. A time when cinema seats where made of brown leather for a reason.
Sure, senseless murders achieved in new and creative ways by the bucket load perpetrated by dark and evil entities has a gruesome novelty to it, but where is the genuine fear that a true horror movie use to instil in viewers. What happened to the WTF... More factor, the fright, the anxiety? Well look no further. The conjuring has conjured up these old cinematic feelings, snuck them up behind you and let them tingle their way up your spine again.
A 4/5 from me.Hide


BY Lucy-Power superstar

I really enjoyed The Conjuring. Acting was a little bit shaky in some places, but overall the story-line was good and there were a few decent scares.


BY aoc1 nobody

Its about time they went back to the good old days for horror movies. All the gore, blood and guts stuff these days has put me off them. Really enjoyed it and would defiantly see it again.


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The Press Reviews

86% of critics recommend.
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  • The handsomely shot, expertly button-pushing scare-fest has the polish and the cast to draw older audiences who grew up on shockers built from performances rather than CGI. Full Review

  • A sensationally entertaining old-school freakout and one of the smartest, most viscerally effective thrillers in recent memory. Full Review

  • As an exercise in classical scare tactics, delivered through an escalating series of primo setpieces, The Conjuring is often supremely effective. Full Review

  • The Conjuring manages to place individuals in one isolated situation after another, where the editing and music are perfectly timed to capitalize on the payoff scare moment. Full Review

  • With The Conjuring, [Wan] once more turns the familiar terrifying, making it easy to fear what’s behind that closed door, or under the bed, or just around the corner, making a creaking noise that doesn’t sound quite right. Full Review

  • Like the wood-grained farmhouse itself — a beautiful piece of production design by Julie Berghoff — The Conjuring has an analog solidity that makes the terror to come almost unbearable. Full Review

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