The Conjuring (2013)



Critic Consensus: Well-crafted and gleefully creepy, The Conjuring ratchets up dread through a series of effective old-school scares.

Movie Info

Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. "The Conjuring" tells the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga), 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 horrifying case of their lives. -- (C) WB

Rating: R (for sequences of disturbing violence and terror)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Carey W. Hayes, Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 22, 2013
Box Office: $137.4M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


as Lorraine Warren

as Ed Warren

as Roger Perron

as Carolyn Perron

as Christine

as Judy Warren

as Georgiana

as Camilla

as Student #1

as Student #2

as Female Student

as Reporter

as Bathsheba

as Catholic Priest

as Mrs. Walker

as Father Gordon

as Suicide Maid

as Sadie the Dog
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Critic Reviews for The Conjuring

All Critics (197) | Top Critics (42)

Every hand that reaches into a wardrobe, every nervous trip into that basement just gets on your nerves. Satan needs to get over himself.

Full Review… | January 6, 2014
Top Critic

An old-fashioned haunted house horror story made by people who love them. Classy, creepy, fun.

Full Review… | August 24, 2015

The sound design of the movie is oppressive beyond belief -- this damn thing is louder than "Pacific Rim."

Full Review… | July 15, 2015

The Conjuring's use of tension, atmosphere, and suggestion prove that the scariest thing to an audience has nothing to do with what you see, but what you don't.

Full Review… | April 23, 2015

Wan uses every horror cliche with blithe confidence. He knows no one is immune if the effects are sturdily built, and not too literal.

Full Review… | October 14, 2014
Sydney Morning Herald

Sometimes it all comes down to craftsmanship. There's probably nothing you haven't seen before in director James Wan's The Conjuring, but rarely have you seen it done so well.

Full Review… | October 14, 2014

Audience Reviews for The Conjuring


While "The Conjuring" definitely isn't an original concept, and for sure isn't as scary as it tries to claim to be, it's quite entertaining. Taking the best aspects of "The Exorcist" and "Paranormal Activity," this narrative is supposedly based on a true story. This was made apparent by the way the facts of the film were presented. The actual family who is harassed by these demons are all flat characters who we really don't get to know all that well, while the husband/wife paranormal investigators get their own backstories and continual narrative, centering them in the film. There are also many Christian overtones to the storyline, probably insisted upon by the people the film is based on. I thought the scares were pretty great, and rose in tension over time, though they were obvious. The action of the film seemed in keeping with traditional myths about how ghosts haunt houses, including the strange noises, the pictures dropping off the wall, and the door creaking open, all of which have been seen in other horror film narratives. The actual backstory though, was too convoluted. Are we really supposed to believe that a Satanic witch did all those things, and then drove generations of families to do the same? This seems drastically evil, even for a story about a demonic presence. Even though many aspects of the story were assuredly contrived, there is now iconic imagery linked to this film, which is what makes the best horror movies. We now have the Annabelle doll, the hanging noose on the crooked tree, and the whirling toy music box in the horror canon. While there are many problems with the story, "The Conjuring" feels fresh and feverishly frightening.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


The Conjuring is a testament to all non-believers that creaking doors, dead silences, noises coming from other rooms, and dark cellars can still be creepy when done well. Director James Wan has always been very technically proficient, especially with creating tension. Here he's been given a great script that explores its characters, and exceptionally strong actors who not only have great chemistry together, they actually look terrified (this goes a long way for the audience).
This well told little horror film does not do anything particularly new. It's got ghost elements, a doll, and even an exorcism, but what it lacks in originality, it makes up for in being the most effectively scary film in recent memory. I had a blast watching it. There are images so expertly crafted, I actually gripped my theatre chair a few times. Plus, that Annabelle doll.....freaky! Great job all around. Finally a studio horror film that shows real ingenuity, craft, and respect for the horror genre.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer


It is certainly frightening at moments, but the Conjuring plays it safe. Nothing here is new. Nothing here hasn't been done better by someone else. It delivers on an atmospheric level, and satisfies as far as the story goes. But the Conjuring still fails to do something which I desperately want from a horror film. A good horror movie will scare you for a few hours. The Conjuring is a good horror movie. But a great horror movie will last forever in the darkest corners of the mind. See Se7en (Seven), a movie that isn't even characterized under the horror genre, if you want to watch a movie that will truly horrify you.

Nikhil N.
Nikhil Nandu

Super Reviewer

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