Movie Review: THE CONJURING

PrintE-mail Written by Whitney Scott Bain

Review: The Conjuring / Cert: 15 / Director: James Wan / Screenplay: Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes / Starring: Patrick Wilson, Vera Famiga, Ron Livingston, Lilli Taylor / Release Date: August 2nd

If there’s a movie that must be seen this year, it’s The Conjuring. James Wan, writer/director of the original  Saw, a movie that went on to spawn a successful, worldwide franchise, and 2010's highly acclaimed Insidious, has struck lightening once again with this haunted house/demonic possession horror film.

Hard-working Roger Perron (Livingston), his wife, Carolyn (Taylor), and their five daughters move into what seems to be a nice, rural home, only to accidentally discover a hidden cellar unleashing an inhuman, malevolent spirit that wreaks havoc on them. All the clocks stop at 3:07 AM, creaking doors and closets open and close for no apparent reason, one of the daughters displays bizarre sleepwalking behaviour, there are unnerving moments of being touched or followed by an unseen force and unexplained bruises on Carolyn’s body. Enlisting the aid of demonologist/parapsychologist couple, Ed and Lorraine Warren (brilliantly played by Wilson and Farmiga) and their team, they discover that the three main staples of demonic forces are at work; infestation, oppression and possession are real in this house and it becomes a race against time to banish the evil force before it destroys the entire family, including the Warrens.

Casting in this film is perfect. Each actor plays their part with solid believability, echoing the tone of The Exorcist and Robert Wise’s The Haunting. The viewer is completely absorbed in a story peppered with genuine, unexpected, bump in the night scares that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Composer Joseph Bishara’s moody score complements the evil tone, giving a delicious, unnerving flavour of horror, while Julie Berghoff’s production design creates an innocent Norman Rockwell/Americana look that shifts intensely dark. All in all, bravo, Mr Wan.

Expected Rating: 7 out of 10

Actual Rating:


Suggested Articles:
Written and directed by John Williams, The Slayers follows two cultists, Nigel and Job.  Accord
When it comes to cinema, it is always good to see a film that either blows away expectations or show
‘The one with the vampire girl’ may not be the best of the short stories from the V/H/S series,
Imagine the following conversation: Friend One: “What should we do today?” Friend Two: “Dunn
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Movie Reviews

THE SLAYERS 02 December 2016

ARRIVAL 02 December 2016

SIREN 24 November 2016

CREEPY 22 November 2016

RWD 21 November 2016

ALLIED 19 November 2016

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM 18 November 2016

WOLF MOTHER 13 November 2016

CREEPY (CELLULOID SCREAMS FILM FESTIVAL) 12 November 2016

JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK 04 November 2016

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner

      
      
 
...