Films involving possession freak me out, and The Conjuring was no exception. Atmospheric and Chilling. I’d recommend it in a heartbeat to anyone who enjoys a spooky haunted house story.
I didn’t get to see The Conjuring on the big screen. Similar to the Ethan Hawke horror film, Sinister, family and friends refused point blank after seeing the trailer, and there was no way in hell I was going alone. After watching it on the small screen, I am glad I never got to see it in the cinema.
Carolyn and Roger Perron (Lily Taylor and Ron Livingston) move with their five daughters to a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. It’s 1971, times are tough for the family and they’ve put all their investments into the house. When things start to go wrong, there’s nowhere for them to go.
Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson play real life paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren. The Warrens do their best to help the Perron family deal with the malevolent spirit in their house, despite the fact that Lorraine is still recovering from a demonic attack. Before we get to the Perron’s story, we see the Warrens at work, helping a couple of young women who have been targeted by a demonic force. The doll, “Annabelle”, with its wide smile and evil eyes gave me the chills. The fact that the Warrens keep every item touched by demonic energy or spirits in their basement, in the house they share with their young daughter, horrified me. Surely that’s asking for trouble, I thought. Surely they’re going to pay for that sooner or later…
What sets this apart from other haunted house stories are the performances from all actors, both the adults and the children. As a viewer I liked this family and wanted them to be safe. The parents are deeply disturbed and fearful for the safety of their kids. The paranormal investigators also come across as sincere and genuine. I found myself grateful that they were helping this family. One of the daughters wakes up nightly to find the sheets being pulled off her bed. She sees a terrifying presence standing behind the bedroom door, but her sister can’t see anything. What happened later kept me from sleep the night I watched this. When the investigators arrive, they see glass picture frames broken. Carolyn explains she gave up hanging them on the walls as something would just throw them off. Her husband, Roger, talks about the knocking, always coming in sets of three, a demonic sign.
The costumes, the house, the music, all add an authenticity. The tension is palpable. If you’re a fan of haunted house movies that genuinely provide scares, then go watch this. To sum up, The Conjuring = Delicious Spookiness. *****
Has anyone seen this one?