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The Conjuring Is It Worth Your Money?

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Directed by James Wan Vera Farmiga as Lorraine Warren Patrick Wilson as Ed Warren Lili Taylor as Carolyn Perron Ron Livingston as Roger Perron

Directed by James Wan
Starring: Vera Farmiga as Lorraine Warren, Patrick Wilson as Ed Warren, Lili Taylor as Carolyn Perron, and Ron Livingston as Roger Perron

What do The Amityville Horror, The Haunting in Connecticut, and The Conjuring all have in common? Well a lot obviously. They’re all set in northeastern states, they’re about all american families dealing with haunted houses, they all have ominous titles, but most of all they’re all supposed to be true stories that involve paranormal investigator Ed and Lorraine Warren. While I could write articles all day calling into question the integrity of all the families from the movies listed above, including the Warrens, I really should just stick to the review of this movie. I will say this though, families that seek book deals and media attention for supposed haunted houses, probably aren’t very good people. Do some research. The truth is out there.

The Conjuring is Directed by the very talented James Wan. Besides being the mastermind behind the “Saw” saga (directed the first, produced the rest, helped write the first and third). He also directed Insidious, Dead Silence, and the amazingly underrated Death Sentence. This movie is going to be quite successful, and it should be. Despite my lack of belief in ghosts and my general apathy towards supposedly true ghost stories, I found The Conjuring entertaining.

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The movie starts out with an unrelated story about a possessed doll named Annabelle. While the doll was pretty creepy it was vaguely familiar to the Dead Silence Ventriloquist dummy. As you can see the real life Annabelle was far less creepy looking.

The majority of the movie focuses on the Perron family and the Warren’s investigation of their alleged paranormal activity, and possession. Just remember while watching this that the movie is loosely based on these people. The true story of the Perron family’s experiences, while also most likely fiction are considerably less entertaining.

The scare scenes in this movie were quite effective; people were screaming, jumping, and one lady was even crying. The acting was pretty solid, and the plot wasn’t half bad. All in all a decent watch. I’m not saying this movie didn’t have flaws. There were a few campy scenes (and not in a good way) not to mention some lack luster make-up effects.

Go see this in the theater if you’re looking for a night out. If not, it can wait till it comes out on DVD. It will be just as effective, if not more, at home.

Overall Rating 6.5 out of 10

I went to the screening with horror author Rebecca Hansen. Here is her view of The Conjuring.

You know what happens when you put way too many females into a creepy old house for an extended period of time? (Cue bad menses jokes)

A demonic haunting…who knew.

So I wasn’t blown away by this one, in fact I was somewhat let down. Mainly by the dated exorcist style special effects makeup and the confusion and carryover between one family’s possession and a demonic doll. I felt as if they were using other events that the Warren’s had experienced as fillers in a generally boring story line. Granted I would be pretty freaked if something unseen started tugging at my leg in bed at nighttime or children in bad eyeliner started appearing in mirrors behind me but there really isn’t much else to get excited about. With the cost of going to the movies on the rise these days I would suggest waiting till this one makes it to DVD to waste two hours of your time.

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