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The Conjuring

WREN   (34 reviews)

Posted: 07/22/2013 | Comments: 19 | Rate:

Actors: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor

Synopsis: Based on a true story. A demonic presence haunts a family after moving into a new home. It's up to the help of a renowned demonologist couple to rid them of the evil before it's too late.

Based on the notes of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the same demonologists that investigated the Amityville haunting, The Conjuring follows Carolyn and Roger Perron (Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston) and their 5 daughters. Shortly after moving into new home in the middle of nowhere, the family begins to experience supernatural occurrences that seem to be evil in nature. Seeking the help of the Warren’s, it is determined that what they are dealing with is demonic in nature and the spirits true intentions are quickly revealed.

As a horror purist, I tend to yearn for the days of old when it comes to my films. The vast majority of films that have come out in recent years are mostly created to cater to the mainstream audience and don’t take half the chances that the old films took. Horror releases have always been based on what is the current craze but in the 70’s and early 80’s it was across the board so film makers had to create something special for their film to stand out and get the attention of the audience. Atmosphere became equally as important as the story itself. Scares were incredibly timed and the greats had the ability to build the anxiety until a climax that would have you feeling that weird heated sensation and heart beat in your ears like when you become incredibly nervous. With the exception of films like .REC and The Descent, there haven’t been many films to really strike a nerve like the film from decades past. Nothing has been able to capture that general feeling of horror the movies are meant too.

Now with all that said, I’m not going to foolishly make the claim that The Conjuring is the 2nd coming of the Exorcist but it’s definitely a film that leans in the right direction. Taking nods from the Amityville Horror and The Changeling, The Conjuring is a mood setting ghost story like we want. In its homage to the greats, it does come off a bit predictable but sometimes that familiar route is something very welcomed. If we’re going to go down a road traveled before I’d rather it is something with substance than another Saw clone (funny this is by the guys who created Saw). The Conjuring doesn’t rely on a visceral gore fest, cheap nudity, or an abundance of profanity. It simply relies on being scary.

With every mainstream horror movie coming out recently essentially being a clone of the last one, it’s a breath of fresh air to see a time piece. The setting, the music, the dialogue…this film is like it was made in 1971 and dropped in 2013 and I, for one, appreciate that. I highly recommend this for horror fans that want to just sit back and watch a fun, old school ghost flick. This is close as you are getting to what was delivered in the 70’s, albeit a bit predictable at times.

dogfood meatballs
6,458 Posts
have heard only good things about this.
im gay
45,241 Posts
Gonna check it out this week
62,973 Posts
I intend on seeing this. First time in awhile I've wanted to see a new horror movie.
I have no legs!
43 Posts
We were thinking about catching this this weekend, but noticed the huge line for it, We will probably catch it during the middle of the week, but not sure if I can wait. I've heard it is one of the best movies of the year.
26,685 Posts
very good. a welcome surprise.
still oh so ill
8,438 Posts
Saw it last night. It was very good and I pretty much agree with everything Wren said.

It isn't nearly as scary as some people are making it out to be, but the scares it has do hit hard.
im gay
45,241 Posts
It was a nice homage to the exorcist, changeling, and amityville. The delivery was very anti modern for the most part and while it did t scare me at all, I still left satisfied.
Pulp Free
52,194 Posts
I've come to accept the fact that most horror movies are no longer going to scare me.
16,066 Posts
Viewer 666.
66,463 Posts
I really enjoy a packed theater for movies like this. Being freaked out with a bunch of random people has always been a good time to me.
The last time I enjoyed that was for the midnight showing of paranormal activity.
get low
12,901 Posts
This was the first horror movie to actually scare me in a long time. And while there were plenty of jump scares, they didn't rely on them entirely to make the movie scarey. The scene when one of the younger daughters sees someone behind the door but her sister doesn't was fucking terrifying.
19,190 Posts
Anybody have a solid torrent of this?
14,017 Posts
No because everyone who saw it saw it in the movie theater you cheap bastard.
im gay
45,241 Posts
I wipe my ass with 10 dollars you double mc Monday with cheese
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Originally posted by: Brett Weir

double mc Monday with cheese


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