The Conjuring (2013) Review
The film is good but my hang up comes with the idea of another haunting film that uses the same clichés over and over again. As a horror film it is better than most, the acting is good, it’s well-paced and the story had a clear direction, my only problem is it being another haunted house. I promise I won’t judge it harshly for its stereotypical genre but I will be mentioning it. There is one golden nugget in this film though and it’s the idea of professional Paranormal Investigators, it’s been done before but this felt like a lot of fun and I really wanted to see the stories behind some of the weirder items in their paranormal vault, like that samurai mask (sequel! Or prequel). The film is well made but the film is getting ridiculous hype for nothing more than a polished version of the same haunted house story. I’ll go into much more detail below but for now bookmark this if you are waiting to see the film, leave any comments below, I look forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts. There will be spoilers.
Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. “The Conjuring” tells the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga), world renowned paranormal investigators, who were called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives.
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Story: 70% Acting: 90% Characters: 95% Dialogue: 75%
Horror: 50% Style/Sound: 75% Visuals: 80%
The story is good but it’s hard to get over The Conjuring’s repeat offenses. Ghosts, haunted house, innocent family, house used to belong to a witch, blah blah blah. It had its moments but everything I saw I had seen somewhere else before, not anyone’s fault it is a massively over saturated genre. However the film does do better than most in its genre by having both good actors and good characters to allow a connection to the story and maybe care about what is happening. The dialogue however goes back to haunting clichés and I can’t help sigh.
Ooh I am so scared! *Sarcasm*. I always think if a horror film isn’t scary and isn’t fun then it’s not worth watching and whilst it has some scares the best part is the fun which could actually be better as well. I think if they focused more on the Warrens and their Investigations rather than this haunting story in plain house, they have a lot of potential and I hope that the sequel will bring more fun and originality. And there will be sequel.
The best reviews I found would be these:
“The Conjuring could fall into horror classic, for its great quality and fright factor. Perfectly paced and all out ending will sure keep the fear in you for some time.” The Filmster. Full Review
“A really good ghost tale that ranks right up there with a classic like THE AMITYVILLE HORROR that produces many creepy/scary scenes and great performances from its two female leads. A ho-hum ending put a slight damper on the overall enjoyment of the movie but I still found THE CONJURING to be one of the better entries in the modern horror catelog.” Its Latin For Cookies. Full Review
“The Conjuring” is a movie that chills and frightens from beginning to end, with a clever, suspenseful haunting build up that leads to an explosive finale.” Fogs’ Movie Reviews Full Review
“If all haunted houses are like this, count me out of EVER walking into one. But, if more horror movies were like this then more would earn a score such as the one this film “conjurers” from me. I expect the upcoming sequel (already in the plans) to follow suit.” The Focused Filmographer. Full Review
My favourite scene would have to be when they are setting up all the tech and trying to find clues, I love that stuff in horror films. This film had a few fun ghost finding tricks but nothing I haven’t seen before.