The Conjuring – Review

Cast: Patrick WilsonVera FarmigaLili TaylorRon Livingston

Director: James Wan

Plot: Carolyn and Roger Perron had just moved with their five daughters to their dream house, when strange things start happening at night. At first, their youngest daughter claims to have met a little boy named Rory that nobody can see and then every night at 3.07am, they experience inexplicable incidents. Carolyn and Roger, desperate and horrified by their late night visits from invisible forces, seek help from Lorraine and Ed Warren, a couple who specialises in sensing demonic presences and destroying them. The night of terror begins, when the Warrens along with the Perron family decide to unveil the malicious witch that haunts their house and destroy her.

Review

The director James Wan has a lot of experience when it comes to horror films and knows how to make the viewer watch his movie only with the lights on. Having previously directed Saw, Insidious and Dead Silence, James Wan successfully brought the evil spirit of a witch back into life, to haunt and scare to death the Perron family. In The Conjuring, the audience can see the very famous fight between good and evil, believing in God and exorcism in the 70’s America and the inner battles that the Perron family faces.

Following quite similar patterns with Insidious, The Conjuring keeps the audience on the edge of their seats with its dark silent scenes and the vicious spectres of the paranormal lurking to possess their next victim. In this case, a child ghost is the first sign of the haunting. But soon enough, the viewer realises that this child-ghost, Rory, is not the biggest problem, as a demonic witch has set the target on the Perron family.

At first, The Conjuring starts in the same way as other similar horror films that narrate a haunting story, like Insidious. There are only a few strange signs that something unusual is happening and only the little girls have experienced paranormal encounters. But as the story progresses the scenes of terror become more frequent and stronger.

What the director successfully does, is to create long-lasting night scenes with suspicious silence and a light music omening that something horrible is about to happen. And something horrible always happens indeed. A door opening by itself, or pictures falling off walls, or an invisible force dragging the girls’ legs while they are sleeping, or even a whispering voice saying “Look what she made me do”, is what makes those scenes satisfyingly scary to make the viewer keep watching.

Just like in Insidious and Dead Silence, the key of success in The Conjuring is the elements of the darkness and the evil apparitions. There is nothing more satisfying than a good haunting scene, in which the viewer can only see a blurry image of the demon but can experience chills that come from watching it standing silently in a dark corner.

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