Movie Review-The Conjuring


Review-The Conjuring is the film that Paranormal Activity told people it was and also failed to be. That film that when you watch it, you have to have the lights on and after the credits you are freaking out at every noise around you. James Wan has created a modern day masterpiece that I feel the upcoming horror fans 20 years from now will look at this film as today’s horror fans do The Omen, The Shining and The Exorcist now. The film opens with Ed and Lorraine Warren who are real life paranormal investigators, we learn that they have had handled all these paranormal investigations. Roger and Carolyn Perron who with their daughters move into this new home which from the second they move in, unexplained things start happening. Carolyn Perron when she realizes all that is happening seek out the Warrens to help them. The Conjuring is so creepy and has some of the most effective jump scares in a long time. This film seeks out to give you a ghost story that is effective and it works and then some. My biggest fear watching this film is that the second act would not live up to the first, but the film does not let up and delivers all the way to the creepy ending. The biggest shocker to this film is that Lili Taylor really delivered a role that I feel is Oscar worthy. This is clearly her best work since Dogfight. If she does not get your attention in the first hour, she will definitely have it in the second one. This film just succeeds as a period piece and does not try to Hollywood the reality of the story. This is the part of the review, where I tell you what was wrong it or negative, but to be honest this film is perfect. From scene one to ending credits this film had me on the edge of my seat freaking out in total fear. I have not been this frightened since I was a kid and watched The Shining for the first time. James Wan really makes up for Dead Silence in a huge way, where I feel now that even though he is moving on to the next Fast and Furious film, horror fans are going to want him back. This film has to be seen by every horror fan at least once in your lifetime. This film will be in my top ten of the year for sure. I am so impressed with how scary this film is, and how effective it was. It was smart, it played into the reality of this story and the characters, and feels like it did not do like most of these based on true story films, and stuck to the reality. That is what worked most for this film, is that this is that boogeyman in your closet and that monster under your bed. This film makes you think and question if this could really happen to you. And after all, isn’t that what we watch horror films for?

10 out of 10