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The Conjuring (2013)

July 26, 2013

the conjuring

After hearing just a little about this film & that Vera Farmiga was starring in it, I decided not wait before watching it. I talked my friend into going with me last Friday & we rolled up to the theater only to find out the early showing of it was already sold out. So we got tickets for a later show and grabbed a drink anticipating the next showing. Even in the later showing, we ended up having to sit near the front row.  After watching the previews scrunched down in our chairs, we finally were able to get adjusted to the close seats in time for the movie.

The movie starts out showing you a creepy possessed doll that a couple of dimwitted nurses decide to keep in their apartment. Great idea! Dolls are creepy. Especially this ugly doll. Director James Wan knows that & often uses dolls in his films. [Saw (2004) & Dead Silence (2007)] Then you meet the Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, played by Patrick Wilson & Vera Farmiga. From there you get to the real story of The Conjuring & meet the Perron family. They just moved into a new home in 1971 & immediately start having problems.

Right away I was noticing how this story was very similar to The Amityville Horror. (1979) By the time you get into the possession phase of the film, you will notice the similarities to The Exorcist. (1973) I have no problem with the overt similarities to either of these films. The Exorcist, (1973) is one of my favorite horror films. I’m also a huge fan of “old school” horror films. Today, more often then not, directors will try & use gore to scare you instead of creating a haunting atmosphere. I always prefer the latter. So while the story of The Conjuring isn’t really anything new, I enjoyed it all the same.

Watching any film in today’s society is always going to be labeled by one or many as, “The scariest film ever.” Did I find it scary? No. Do I find any movie scary? Not really. I’ve never been able to figure out a good reason to tell people just why I enjoy horror films. They really never scare me at all, but I still have always enjoyed them nonetheless.

I will say the ending of the film, was not ideal. You can read Kalyn’s review on this matter via Unlike her, I went in with no expectations. I often find that is the best way to go. After reading & hearing how scary Paranormal Activity (2007) was going to be, I left the theater feeling a tad let down. I wasn’t scared in the least, but I still appreciated the film they made with that tiny budget. But, as Kalyn points out, director James Wan [outside of Saw (2004)] has had trouble wrapping up his films. Dead Silence (2007) had one of the worst endings I can remember in recent years & I wasn’t a fan of the way he ended Insidious (2010) either.

Overall, I enjoyed the film. It is refreshing to watch a film with the older style of horror in it’s DNA. Is it Wan’s best? I don’t think so, but some great performances by Patrick Wilson & Vera Farmiga helped the film shine. Don’t let me keep you from seeing it, but also don’t go in expecting to be so scared you won’t sleep at night.

Sorry if I rambled on a bit, this is my 1st stab at a film review.




4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 26, 2013 2:46 pm

    Pretty freaky, and also a bunch of fun to watch and be scared by. Good review.

  2. July 26, 2013 4:06 pm

    Good review! But… what are you smoking?! The ending to Dead Silence was the best part of the whole movie! It was the twist that you wait for the entire movie, although it was rather predictable, but then again, so was the whole film.

    • July 26, 2013 8:45 pm

      I just remember laughing/being angry at the way Dead Silence ended. I really hated it after that point.

  3. killerkalyn permalink
    July 26, 2013 8:11 pm

    I like how you pointed out that The Conjuring is very similar to The Amityville Horror and The Exorcist, because I noticed that too. It didn’t really bother me, but it made the movie kinda predictable. Great review!! Thanks again for the mention.

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