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:
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.
“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