The Conjuring Review


Release Date: July 19, 2013

Watched: July 21, 2013

Review: July 22, 2013

Director: James Wan

Starring: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor

The Filmster Rating:

Grand Rating

James Wan showcases that he is one of the young and best horror directors in Hollywood. The Conjuring brings one of the scariest and best horror movie in 2013.

The Conjuring is “based on a true story”, about the Perron family that moves into a house in Harrisville, Rhode Island to move away from the city. Everything seems normal until their first night, they start experience some supernatural activities. At first, small things as rotten smells and the house being cold are the first signs but the family doesn’t notice that an evil spirit is lurking. It is not until the spirit begins violent acts, that it starts to scare the family. Things are becoming out of control, so the family seeks out for help. They seek help from famous paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.

The Conjuring is a well written and paced film that brings just enough scares at the right times, to make it one of the best horror films to come out of mainstream Hollywood in a while. James Wan kept things subtle with the jump scares, he built up the tension perfectly, to give you the fear you look for in a horror film. Most ghost horror movies give you a lot of “jump scares” to get the fear out of you, but Wan keeps it at a minimal, so every time one happens, it truly gives you a scare. Instances, where the ghost is pulling a girl’s leg while she sleeps or tossing one of them across the room, and when the spirit begins to play the “clapping game”, it all delivers a creepy feeling and fear factor. The first half is built up perfectly to the ending where the full-out exorcism occurs, and reminds you of films like The Exorcist.

The entire cast did a great job playing their respective roles. All five girls were good and the parents played by Lily Tyler and Ron Livingston did a great job playing the humbled couple. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga were the standouts but everyone were on the same level, there were no “hero” standouts, that made the film that much better and kept the film grounded. There was a part of story that dealt with the Warren’s daughter and it just felt shoehorned in, I don’t know if that came from the source material. But overall, it does not take away from the film too much and it won’t affect your experience.

The Conjuring could fall into horror classic, for its great quality and fright factor. Perfectly paced and all out ending will sure keep the fear in you for some time.

Blogger’s Thoughts

“This film recalled some of the chronology of William Friedkin’s masterpiece as it continued to build in suspense and drama to a point where fainting might be an acceptable audience response” – digitalshortbread

“You won’t be seeing anything new or ground-breaking with the Conjuring, but what you will see is a movie that’s surprisingly scary, will make you jump, will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand straight-up, and most of all, will make you think twice about going down that long, dark hallway to get a glass of water from the tap.” – Dan The Man’s Movie Reviews

Comments are much appreciated. Thanks for reading.

19 responses to “The Conjuring Review

  1. Nice review Issy. It was a fun time that I won’t see forget. However, it’s a horror movie in the year 2013, they usually aren’t as memorable as some of the best and greatest, and that’s very sure with this one.

  2. I like and don’t like horror flicks, ya know? While I like to be scared silly I don’t like to be scared silly. I can see a horror flick and for days later I am still thinking about what happened in the film. I heard through online other online reviews that this was a good one and your review just confirmed what others have stated. I just need to muster up enough courage to see this flick. Thanks for the review.

  3. I dunno, I can’t help but feel like the “classic” label is being used a bit prematurely for this movie. It was okay, and it had its creepy moments, but it was still pretty hokey overall. I guarantee I’ll forget it by the end of the week, after everyone’s stopped talking about it.

    • I think overtime it can become a classic. As far as being hokey, I totally disagree, this has the perfect balance that other haunted house flicks just fail doing.

  4. Nice, Issy, yeah, I totally agree with you. The cast was great and the pacing was superb. I guess I hadn’t thought about the Warren’s daughter bit not being necessary, but I guess you’re right. I was buying everything this movie was selling as I watched it, LOL

    • Yea, the Warren’s daughter part really felt unnecessary, but just like you I too was buying everything they were selling, so it didn’t bother me to much.

  5. I totally agree with you for the most part here – except I definitely think it was Lili Taylor who was the standout of the movie; everyone’s acting was excellent, children included, but Lili Taylor’s performance shined the brightest. :)

  6. Nice review man — glad it was a hit with you too! Horror movies are greatly affected by the quality of acting, and in this case, the acting’s very very good and it helps make the film that much more intense and believable, IMO. never thought i’d say this about a horror/thriller, but i loved it.

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  10. Better than most horror films that I have seen recently. I was actually pretty surprised how well acted this was. On the other hand while this was spooky it would be quite a stretch to call this film frightening.

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