The Conjuring Reviews
A modern horror classic. It's not that frightening for experienced horror fans, but it's a structurally exceptional film thanks to great pacing and devoted direction from James Wan. Based on the true story of a haunted farmhouse in 1971 Rhode Island, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren document the haunting of the Perron family through their experience and trust within the Catholic Church. The Conjuring is unique because it revolves around real people, The Warren's, and the telling of their story and the story of this haunting. It's a slow-building thriller at first, with brilliant use of audio to conjure up scares, see what I did there? No, but seriously, Wan uses sound to create creepy scares throughout his films, and it's used so effectively in The Conjuring. The scares come often towards the second and third acts, mostly due to Wan's creative direction and strong acting. As one of the highest grossing horror films of all time, it could be compared to this generations, The Exorcist. James Wan has been an excellent contributor in bringing the horror genre back to life. A-
The Perron family, consisting of a father, mother, and five daughters, sink all of their money into a new home, only to discover that it is haunted by a demonic presence, a witch that, after being caught trying to sacrifice her newborn child in the name of Satan, hung herself out of love for him instead. Needless to say, family time quickly becomes fright night.
The daughters aren't given a whole lot of background or personalization, except for April, who connects to one of the more docile spirits. It would seem the reasoning for this is because the witch targeted April from the beginning, as we find out towards the end of the film.
All things considered, the reason that "The Conjuring" is such a good horror film isn't because of its jump-scares, its hellish images, or the diabolical behavior of the demon-witch. The horror in this movie comes from the concept of spiritualism, how both the forces of good and evil can be overwhelmingly compelling...even enough to cause a mother to murder her own child, a horror most parents cannot fathom. What makes all of this so frightening is the possibility of it becoming a reality for the viewer, and how it makes one wonder, just what the hell is out there.