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Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. The Conjuring tells the horrifying true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren, world renowned paranormal investigators, who were called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives. Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (The Departed) and Golden Globe nominee Patrick Wilson (Insidious) play the investigators while Golden Globe nominee Ron Livingston (Band of Brothers) and Emmy nominee Lili Taylor (Six Feet Under) play the Perron family plagued by sinister spirits in this dark chiller from the writers of The Reaping and the creator of the Saw films.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 196
- Fresh: 168
- Rotten: 28
- Average Rating: 7.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Wan ... builds the many bumps in the night into a small Hitchcockian symphony of terror by way of long, eerie tracking shots, dramatic silences, and sudden scares that are frighteningly immersive.
Fresh: The horror movie is artfully crafted from the first scares to the closing credits, with a bold retro vibe.
Fresh: In The Conjuring, the scary casts out the spirit of the silly, permanently, and with a vengeance.
Fresh: The Conjuring uses every stock scare in the horror movie playbook for a dumb, yet charmingly traditional haunted house picture that manages to feel more retro than rehashed.
ONE OF THE BEST HORROR MOVIES MADE IN YEARS!
Every once in a while, a fright flick comes along that reminds us why we love the intense rush of getting scared out of our minds in the first place. Of course, the great film I'm talking about here is none other than "The Conjuring," a masterfully crafted picture that depends more on its excellent cast and atmospheric direction to raise the hairs on the back of viewers' necks than just a mere series of cheaply formulaic gimmicks. Directed by horror aficionado James Wan ("Saw," "Insidious"), this film, as you may or may not know, has actually been issued an R rating not for sex, drugs, violence, or even language, but for sheer, white-knuckle scariness. That's a hugely impressive skill that should be commended all its own, but it's only one of many things worth enjoying about this fun fright flick. The story dives into the real-life case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), married paranormal investigators whose biggest claim to fame was the Amityville incident. So we follow the pair in 1971 as they're called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded Rhode Island farmhouse. But it isn't long before they truly find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their entire lives. This all sounds familiar, right? Well, that's certainly understandable, since similar premises have been used in several other horror films over the years. But what makes this one different than the rest is Wan's subtle and gripping execution. He knows where and when to find the most effective scares, and he uses that gift to his advantage in practically every scene, staging a series of simple yet elaborate set pieces for maximum heart-in-throat suspense. From the way he tracks the camera to even the level of tension that rises when the score reaches its highest possible decibel, Wan's direction gets under your skin from start to finish. And it only intensifies once the film arrives at its thrilling climax, an intense sequence that, despite its familiarity and over-the-top tone, grabs hold of your senses and doesn't let go (even after the end credits have stopped rolling). Adding to the effectiveness of this film's chillingly old-fashioned execution is its terrific cast, which may just be the best set of actors I've ever seen in any recent horror movie. Farmiga and Wilson are just fantastic as the Warrens, the couple we follow throughout this haunted story. They play their characters dramatically and often right to the point, never truly taking too much focus away from this plot while still remaining strong, emotionally believable protagonists. Also worthy of praise in the film are Taylor and Livingston, who play the loving yet helpless parents of five girls living in fear of the evil demonic spirits terrorizing them in their new house. Taylor's performance is especially riveting near the end (although I can't say what exactly happens to her since I'd be spoiling some giant details). For the most part, though, the acting is just terrific all around. But the thing is, just about everything in this whole flick is close to perfect: the authentic set designs, the consistently spooky atmosphere, the effectively mounted staging, and the ultimately unpredictable story. With its greatly assembled cast, well-crafted screenplay, and wonderfully inventive jump scares that seem to come from right out of thin air, "The Conjuring" is much more than an effective exercise in masterful horror filmmaking; it's a film that'll leave you thrillingly satisfied and hungry for more. So if you haven't seen it yet, I can't recommend it enough. It's an experience you won't soon forget!
BEST HORROR MOVIE OF 2013
Just watching the teaser trailer for this movie scared me and knowing it was coming from the director of "Insidious" I got to say I had pretty high hopes for "The Conjuring". Needless to say I was not disappointed. This movie was indeed scary not very scary, but scary enough for me and I never get scared at movies ever. The story wasn't nothing new just a family experiencing some paranormal activity at their home ( although this happens to be based off of a true story) it's not original at all. However it is creepy and scary throughout. Overall I enjoyed "The Conjuring". My only complaint was that the movie runs a little longer than it should and the second half didn't live up to the first half, but that's just my opinion. Overall great movie definitely worth checking out! 👍👍
Rinse & Repeat
As a horror genre fan, there is nothing new to see here.
- Genre: Horror
- Released: 2013
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