As you know, I am a huge horror fan, especially story and character based ones. Having seen THE CONJURING now twice, I can earnestly tell you that it is by far one of the best horror movies I have seen in years if not ever.
The film follows Ed and Lorraine Warren, real-life ghostbusters who have sought to prove, but mainly debunk, reports of paranormal activity. They take a very clinical approach even when dealing with some fairly freaky stuff.
The CONJURING dramatizes one of their most notorious cases; One that they themselves have suppressed over the years.
Roger and Carolyn Perron (Patrick Wilson and Lili Taylor) moved into a new home with their five daughters to be almost immediately terrorized by malevolent spirits bent on more than going bump in the night. Ed and Lorraine (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) come to check out their claims only to be faced by spirits far more relentless than they could have imagined.
As the evil entities attempt to possess the living, the chances of surviving this ordeal look more and more hopeless.
It may sound like standard haunted house fair but THE CONJURING is made with real skill and a true understanding of what raises the hairs on the back of your neck. For one thing, you actually care about the characters in the film. They are well developed and act realistically given the unusual circumstances. It’s because of this that when danger lurks in the shadows, you experience the terror with them.
Even though the film is rated R, it doesn’t revel in blood. As a matter of fact there’s very little bodily harm. The movie is just extremely mature in its machinations and even a little too intense for the likes of me. THE CONJURING is a MUST SEE HORROR movie.