Star – Patrick Wilson
Genre – Horror
Run Time – 112 minutes
Certificate – 18
Country – USA
Awards – 14 Wins & 21 Nominations
Amazon – £3.52 DVD £ 5.64Blue Ray
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So The Conjuring, based loosely on one of the alleged paranormal experiences/events of real life husband and wife ghosthunter/investigating team of Ed and Lorraine Warren, that of the haunting of an old farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island, similar to the old Amityville horror myth. It was one of 10,000 events they logged or investigated in their long careers from the 1950s. As with all of these so-called ghostbusters operations they have to come up with ‘evidence’ of actually paranormal experience to keep going and getting any sort of funding and so no surprise any little thing that remotely odd happened is classed as paranormal. It’s similar with UFO hunters. The stuff simply doesn’t exist and so you have to pretend it exists. Life after death is a lovely thought for us all but why do ghosts always hang around old houses, pubs and stately homes? If I was a ghost I would be down the local A-Level ladies college straight away! Let’s just say Lorraine Warren, who is still alive today and served as a consultant on the movie, has yet to have a chat with her ten year long dead husband Ed.
The current residents of the haunted house in question, Norma Sutcliffe and Gerald Helfrich, are suing Warner Bros producers, on the ground that their property is being vandalized constantly as a consequence of the film, the family finding numerous objects affiliated with satanic cults on their property. The lawsuit also reveals that the current owners bought the house in 1987 and lived "in peace" until 2012 when the film came out.
• Vera Farmiga as Lorraine Warren
• Patrick Wilson as Ed Warren
• Ron Livingston as Roger Perron
• Lili Taylor as Carolyn Perron
• Joey King as Christine Perron
• Shanley Caswell as Andrea Perron
• Hayley McFarland as Nancy Perron
• Mackenzie Foy as Cindy Perron
• Kyla Deaver as April Perron
• Shannon Kook as Drew Thomas
• John Brotherton as Brad Hamilton
• Sterling Jerins as Judy Warren
• Marion Guyot as Georgiana Moran
• Steve Coulter as Father Gordon
• Joseph Bishara as Bathsheba Sherman
• Morganna May as Debbie
• Amy Tipton as Camilla
• Christof Veillon as Maurice
Roger (Ron Livingstone) and Carolyn Peron (Lili Taylor) move into a dilapidated farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island with their five daughters, Andrea (Shanley Caswell), Nancy (Hayley McFarland), Christine(Joey King), Cindy(Mackenzie Foy), and April(Kyla Deaver). Their dog Sadie refuses to enter the house and one of the children while playing a game of 'hide and clap' finds a boarded-up entrance to a cellar. Dad onboards it and pokes around below. Bad idea.
Paranormal events begin to occur soon after. All the clocks stop at exactly 3:07 AM and the dog is found dead in the backyard. One night in bed, little Christine feels tugging on her leg, which appears to be a spirit only she can see. She screams and says that the spirit wants the family dead. Another night, Carolyn hears clapping in the hallway. When she goes to investigate she gets trapped in the basement by the spirit. At the same moment, Andrea and Cindy are attacked by a terrifying spirit lurking on top of the wardrobe.
It’s all too much for Carolyn and Roger when the kids are at threat and they decides to contact noted demonologists Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farminga), who agree to take on the case. The Warrens conduct an investigation and conclude that the house may require an exorcism and they need to contact the Catholic Church for authorization.
History shows the house once belonged to an accused witch, Bathsheba (a relative of Mary Towne Eastey), who sacrificed her week-old child to the devil and killed herself in 1863 after cursing all who would take her land. They discover reports of numerous murders and suicides in houses that had since been built on the property. Ed and Lorraine and their team place cameras and bells around the house to catch spirit images. This could be their biggest case yet and the family certainly needs them.
It doesn’t matter how formulaic these films are they make great money if made well. It’s one of those oddities that the more sophisticated humans get the more people want to believe in the occult and afterlife, the most popular young female teen scene right now. Twilight did $5 billion dollars all in. They love this horror popcorn stuff on screen and pack the multiplexes out, however many clichés they box tick.
All of those clichés are box ticked neatly here and I can only thinks its appeal is that it is so well made and not over the top and based on a true story. To me it’s the same as any other American hunted house movie yet seemed to fly in the cinema. We have the rocking chair, the scary doll, the spirit on the ceiling and so on and so on. Its $20m budget did an impressive $318m back and made it one of the best selling horror movies in recent years.
Its good fun and you somehow stay with it as young director James Wan refreshes those clichés with an articulate retro touch up. It’s like a good antiques restorer at work. You know how it’s all going to play out in your mind but for some reason you don’t expect it to. Also in the back of your mind you have to deal with the fact its all bunkum. Horror fans will admire its packaging but there is nothing new here folks.
Imdb.com – 7.5/10.0 (3.245votes)
Rottentomatos.com – 86% critic’s approval
Metacritic.com – 68% critic’s approval
Quite a few
-Behind the Scenes-
The cast & crew talk about their movie with glee and we have some back story on the real incidents.
Empire Magazine –‘A strong cast and an atmosphere of real dread mean that despite a catalogue of immediately recognisable ghost devices, The Conjuring amounts to more than the sum of its scary parts’.
Washington Post –‘In The Conjuring, the scary casts out the spirit of the silly, permanently, and with a vengeance’.
Globe & Mail –‘The Conjuring uses every stock scare in the horror movie playbook for a dumb, yet charmingly traditional haunted house picture that manages to feel more retro than rehashed’.
The Film Stage –‘The Conjuring is a memorably spooky event; a campfire tale told with a breathless adamancy that stirs the hackles and attacks the imagination’.
The Mail –‘A movie that exemplifies the golden standards of the haunted house formula and escalates them to something rather rousing’.
Herald & Sun –‘By all means, feel free to initially underrate this finely crafted and genuinely scary production. Making such a mistake will only serve to leave you more impressed (and slightly rattled) than you might have been’.
The Mirror-‘At best, "The Conjuring" is a drop or two of rain in the middle of a decades-long horror drought. It won't tide anyone over for more than a couple hours’.
San Francisco Times –‘[Wan] combines the ambiance of horror's leisure-suit heyday with the more recent brand of well-timed what's-that-in-the-mirror scares’.