The Conjuring

2013

The Conjuring

Critics Consensus

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

85%

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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

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Cast

Vera Farmiga
as Lorraine Warren
Patrick Wilson
as Ed Warren
Ron Livingston
as Roger Perron
Lili Taylor
as Carolyn Perron
Joey King
as Christine
Sterling Jerins
as Judy Warren
Marion Guyot
as Georgiana
Amy Tipton
as Camilla
Kymoura Kennedy
as Student #1
Sean Flynn
as Student #2
Ashley White
as Female Student
Arnell Powell
as Reporter
Joseph Bishara
as Bathsheba
George T. Zervos
as Catholic Priest
Carmella Gioio
as Mrs. Walker
Steve Coulter
as Father Gordon
Desi Domo
as Suicide Maid
Dusty
as Sadie the Dog
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Critic Reviews for The Conjuring

All Critics (217) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (185) | Rotten (32)

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

    Oct 14, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The trailer for The Conjuring is scarier than most horror features of recent vintage, and the feature makes good on the promise.

    Oct 14, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Every hand that reaches into a wardrobe, every nervous trip into that basement just gets on your nerves. Satan needs to get over himself.

    Jan 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • In The Conjuring, the scary casts out the spirit of the silly, permanently, and with a vengeance.

    Oct 7, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 7, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The film may flaunt its true-story credentials for the sake of lurid immediacy but, like the best of its variety, it has a healthy understanding of its own silliness.

    Aug 2, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Conjuring

  • Jul 15, 2017
    I had heard so much about based on true story film, " the Conjuring " from word of mouth that I finally decided to check it out. And I had to admit that I enjoyed myself and thought it was well worth seeing. Everyone may have their own view as to what is considered really " scary" to themselves. But I have to at least say that I found the Conjuring definitely to be " creepy" enough to enjoy. With the Conjuring - which I tip my hat to the director James Wan and writers - because not only did I think this film had some creepy and jittery "jump-scare" moments in the film, but I also liked the way the dark areas of the house, the rooms, the corners, basement, stairs dark areas were displayed , they made it look eerie and macabre ( that's been an missing element in horror films for decades, IMO) Much like the room the possessed girl Regan was tied up in the Exorcist. Speaking of which, in terms of it being a demon-possession flick, it ( nor any other "entity" movie will ever be in that class) Slowly creaking opening doors,.. bouncing objects, ..strange vibrations,.. shadows in the corner, ..dark- creepy hallways, ..powerful stench odors, ..unexplained physical yanking and bruises, ..dead animals, etc. And I thought the whole haunting demonic origin was well told. The way the film started out did remind me very much of the Amityville Horror, but unlike that film and it's ghostly encounters, it was well explained in this film why the terrified family group could not just pack up and leave. I liked that the Conjuring more centered on atmosphere than with a lot of excess blood and gore and superficial CGI effects. There was only a couple of instants where director James Wan let that slip, primarily at the end. I also liked that it had a very brief documentary-like atmosphere where you felt part of the investigating ghost-crew with the rolling camera. The creepy sounding and wide screen camera angles were terrific and the cast and characters were well scripted and portrayed admirably. Particularly Lily Taylor and Vera Farmiga. I didn't really get into the " Annabelle " doll, which was supposed to be one of the " gateway" tools to which demon spirits emerged into the lives of the living humans, I thought that the ending which one gets possessed to murder,- could have been a lot more intense and dramatic. While the credits rolled at the end, you get to see the pictures of the real couple who the film was based that actually investigates Occult like haunting back In the 60's and 70's. Overall I thought this film was a solid film that gives some spooky chills and thrills in periods of the movie, and although I was initially concerned that this would be one of those films where the trailer itself ends up being much better, exciting that the actual movie itself- I can say that's not the case here, and I was very much put at ease on that note after I finished watching the film. This should easily be one of the scariest movies of the year. Too add I think it's an greater advantage and enjoyable thrill to see this at the movie theaters with the much greater sights and surrounding sounds vs at home on DVD or streaming. On a Scale of 1 to 10, I'd give The Conjuring a 8.0
    earl c Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2017
    Basically and updating of the exorcistic, complete with the 1970s setting. A few good scares and some effective visual effects, but I have a hard time buying into these haunted house/demonic possession premises. Doesn't help that they rather pointlessly throw in an evil doll for bad measure. OK for the genre but I won't be bothering with the sequel.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2016
    I've been pretty weary of watching The Conjuring for a few years now. I'm not fond of horror films in general, and I wasn't particularly interested in a horror film that was dubbed "the scariest movie of the last decade." But as an avid film fan, I owed it to myself to give it a shot. I was not disappointed. A horror film in the theaters is definitely different than viewing it in the comfort of your own home in the middle of the day, but The Conjuring still had a significant impact on me. James Wan brilliantly directs this supernatural flick about a family of 7 dealing with a relentless dark presence in their newly purchased home. It wasn't even so much the demon itself or the endless number of terrifying jumps, but the fact that this was based on a true story. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga play Ed and Lorraine Warren, two paranormal investigators who take on the case after the events escalate. I'm sure there were plenty of liberties taken, but The Conjuring is a far more grounded horror film than I expected. Wan does a nice job of building the characters out in full before we get overwhelmed with thrills in the second half. At its core, this is a character piece. And even to a certain extent, a love story between Ed and Lorraine Warren. This wasn't a horror film built around scares and gore, it was built around characters. Wan and his writers, Chad and Carey Hayes, deserve a ton of credit for that. Part of the creepiness to this film comes from what you don't see. There isn't a ton of scares early on, and the stuff in camera does a lot to set the mood. But the final 30 minutes is about as thrilling of a finale in a horror film than I can remember. I felt a combination of not being able to take my eyes off the film whilst being absolutely terrified to what was on screen. It's certainly well-acted, but Wan and the Hayes brothers are absolutely the stars of this film. +Thrilling finale +Grounded and well thought out +Takes its time with characters 8.7/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2016
    The Conjuring is a signification that James Wan is the daddy of horror genre. Not much to blabber about this film other than the fact that it's indeed an effective movie that is possibly gonna haunt the f*ck out of anyone's wits through the passing generations.
    John Ross D Super Reviewer

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