The Conjuring

Based on true events, this spine-chiller tells the story of a New England family who begins having encounters with spirits in their farmhouse.

Year: 2013
Certificate: 15
Runtime: 1hr 51m
Director: James Wan
Starring: Vera FarmigaPatrick WilsonLili TaylorRon LivingstonShanley CaswellHayley McFarlandJoey KingMackenzie FoyKyla DeaverShannon Kook

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The Conjuring tells the story of the Perron family who have just moved into their new home. With a mass of land and enough rooms for everybody, this is hopefully a forever home. Sadly nothing it seems lasts forever and shortly after the family have moved in, strange things begin to happen, sounds are heard and discoveries are made. Scared for her family’s safety, the mother Carolyn (Lili Taylor) tracks down Ed and Lorraine.

The husband and wife team of Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) are Paranormal Investigators who have seen it all and helped people all over America. While on tour delivering talks to universities, Carolyn finds them and begs them to visit the Perron home and take a look for themselves. Lorraine, who has the ability the feel and see things others can’t immediately senses the danger within the house. They explain that there are two types of spirits, those that have lived and those that haven’t and it’s those that haven’t you need to be worried about. Yep you guessed it, The Perrons moved in with the worst kind.

“The Conjuring” delivers where many similar movies fall short. Yes, there are jump scares, but most of “The Conjuring” that will have you hiding behind your cushions relies on atmosphere and great direction. The film is directed by James Wan who brought us films such as the original “Saw” movie,  “Dead Silence“, “Insidious” and “Insidious Chapter 2“, it’s clear he has a flair for directing horror and it shows. With a creepy atmosphere in almost every scene and a soundtrack that adds to it, it may not be the best film to watch in the dark, alone… like I did!

As well as stellar direction, the cast don’t let the film down either. Both Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson play the real life ghostbusting couple Ed and Lorraine. Lili Taylor is great as the matriarchal Carolyn Perron and the young ones playing the Perron children also do a great job.

The script is done well, helped I am sure with the knowledge that the story is in fact a true one. The conjuring is based on a real family that were helped by the Warrens. Although I am sure that Hollywood took a little artistic privilege, it’s amazing to believe that this family went through the events of the movie.

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