Like many of my generation we have been desensitized to the scares and thrills of modern day horror films. We know if someone says they’ll be right back, they won’t and we know when someones in the bathroom that has a mirror cabinet, something scary is about to go down. However, in recent years (thank god) James Wan has been able to breath fresh air into the rotting corpse known as the horror genre. He has with precision been able to scare audience members to tears with his refreshing take on what is scary, he did it in Insidious and in The Conjuring he does it once more. The Conjuring centers around the Perron family who move into what seems to be their dream home (a nice farmhouse in Rhode Island), but quickly realize it manifests a dark presence. Before long creepy, eerie thing begin to happen, (building the tension of the film brilliantly) to the 5 daughters that will have you clenching onto your seats and breathing heavily. Constant banging, mysterious bruises and an basement that you couldn’t pay me enough money to set foot into, all play into the genre alongside non conventional scares, that once set in motion, brings the terror in this film. Having nowhere to turn Mrs Perron (Lili Taylor), stalks out Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators (played strongly by Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson) to help her family. Once the Warren’s take a look at the house they quickly realize that the house is a buffet of spirits from a Salem witch all they way down to a 19th century little boy named Rory. Sometimes as a viewer you look for where the scare is going to be, but James Wan’s frights are not typical, you are constantly startled, but impressed by his originality. What elevates the film as well is the acting, if the terror in the actors eyes is played with conviction I believe it alongside them. I get horror films are not for everyone, but if you had to spend money on one, it should be this one, hands down. Whether you watch scary movies to be entertained or to be scared shitless, the Conjuring will satisfy its audience and by satisfy I mean leave you jumpy well after you have screened this film.
Rating - 98%
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston, Joey King