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Are you in the mood for an awesome ghost story?
How could a haunted house story still be considered scary and better yet, how could a haunted house story attract people to the theater? Well, believe it or not, The Conjuring was scary and raked in a ton of money during its run in theaters. This is fairly unusual, because the horror film was released during the summer months, which is a very unpopular time for horror flicks. Instead, most production companies will try to get their film in theaters around Halloween. Obviously, more people are in a mood to watch a scary movie around that time.
James Wan is the director of The Conjuring and he has some very popular films under his belt. For instance, he was the director of the popular SAW franchise and Insidious, which is yet another haunted house flick. Either way, this movie is not your typical James Wan flick that features a ton of torture and blood splatter at an amazingly fact pace. Instead, this is a slow burner and James Wan proves that he can definitely build suspense.
The Conjuring is a paranormal film that’s actually based on true events. The film follows the lives of Ed Warren and Lorraine Warren, which are the most famous paranormal investigators of all time. These investigators are called in by the Perron family after they purchased an extravagant house in Rhode Island for a price that no one would complain about. Before you know it, the couple and their five daughters begin to hear noises in the house, all the clocks in the house stop at a certain time in the morning, the dog refuses to actually enter the home and birds start flying into the house, breaking their own necks.
In other words, it doesn’t take long before the Perron family realizes that there’s something wrong with their newly acquired dream home. So, they call in Ed and Lorraine Warren to come in and take a look at their home. Speaking of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the couple is most famous for investigating the Amityville house. Yes, there actually is a real Amityville house that was said to be truly haunted and a real life tragedy took place in the home. It’s not all just a bunch of fictionalized movies, books, etc… The movie follows both the Warren couple and the Perron family, so you get both viewpoints through-out the flick.
This film works on so many levels. Of course, it follows the basic set-up and storyline of any other haunted house movie, but James Wan did wonders with the formula. You have all the same emotions you would expect a haunted house film to evoke, such as claustrophobia, terror and panic, but there’s also a documentary feel to the film, as well, which adds to the realism aspect. Great acting also helps add to the realism of the film. Let us not forget that Vera Farmiga was an Oscar nominated actress for her role in “Up In The Air.”
Was the Conjuring an excellent movie? Yes, in my opinion this movie was a great paranormal horror film. The story is great, the pacing is great, suspense is excellent and it’s very scary. Just when you think everything is okay, James Wan does a great job at making you jump out of your seat. Seriously, this guy needs to direct more movies like this one, because you didn’t have a single second to relax in your theater seat. You never knew what was going to happen or when it was going to happen.
In short, is The Conjuring a revolutionary horror film that will have a lasting effect on the genre? No, it won’t. Also, don’t see this film if you’re expecting non-stop action with tons of blood thrown into the mix, because you’re not going to get it. However, The Conjuring does deliver a truly terrifying experience. This movie will ruin at least one good night’s sleep for you.