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The Conjuring – Quick Review



Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor
Theatrical Release Date: July 19, 2013
Synopsis: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.
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The Good

The Conjuring doesn't need gore, language, sex, or nudity to make it a great film.

The Bad

Not a lot of re-watch value.

Posted August 5, 2013 by

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The Conjuring

Creepy dolls? Check. Haunted house? Check. Demonic music box? Check. The Conjuring will definitely have you sleeping with the lights on.

The current crop of movies playing in theaters has really been surprising me. First, I was disappointed with 2 Guns. Now, I’m unexpectedly impressed with The Conjuring.

The Conjuring is the true story of the most malevolent case of Ed and Lorraine Warren‘s careers as paranormal investigators; the terrorizing of the Perron family in 1971. Yes, I said “true story.” As a bible-believing Christian, I accept that there are unseen forces for both good and evil. And that is exactly why The Conjuring is so terrifying; it is a jarring reminder of the need for respect and extreme caution when it comes to these forces.

I’m not a big fan of horror movies. I dislike nearly everything that makes the average horror movie so popular: blood and gore, corny dialogue spouted by naive teenagers and/or unsuspecting townsfolk, deformed monsters that serve no purpose but to provide cheap scares, and the obligatory sex scene that inevitably leads to gruesome deaths for the participants.

The Conjuring has none of these things. The film earns its R rating for “sequences of disturbing violence and terror.” Not gore. Not language. Not sex and nudity. Straight-up terror. And it does the terror really well. Throughout the movie, there is a growing sense of dread, punctuated by some truly terrific writing, dialogue, and performances. There is no overacting to be seen in The Conjuring. Every character is believable and valuable to the story as it unfolds.

I mentioned to my friend, Josh, that I was torn on whether to award The Conjuring 4 stars or 4 1/2 stars. In the end, I decided to go with 4 stars because I don’t see myself re-watching the film on a regular basis. So, if you’re prone to re-watching horror/thrillers, you can add an extra 1/2 star to my 4 star rating. Either way, The Conjuring is the best horror film I’ve seen in years, and one of the best films currently in theaters.

Tim Wells

Dad, husband, gamer, blogger, geek. Not necessarily in that order.