The Conjuring is a really effective and scary horror movie. Is it the most original? No, but it’s worth seeing if you like scary movies. If scary movies freak you out, then beware.
This is “based on a true story”, meaning we should take their word that all this supernatural horror actually happened. The names of the paranormal investigators and the family are based in reality. The film is set in 1971 when Roger and Carolyn Perron move into an old farmhouse in Rhode Island with their five daughters. It only takes one night for them to start to worry that something sinister is going on in their home. As things get worse they call the ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren to look into the paranormal activity and see what they can do to rid the house and the family of the awful activity.
The whole time I was watching this I kept thinking of both The Exorcist and Paranormal Activity, and indeed the plot of the movie is essentially a combination of those films. Once again, not a bad thing, because even though this movie isn’t too original, it’s well acted and well constructed.
Watching the paranormal activities slowly unravel and get worse in the house successfully builds the tension, which eases once the supernatural squad starts investigating the house. It’s as if you feel comfortable with the kooks there. By the end, the movie creates one horrific scene after the other with the tension high once again.
I will say that I was quite satisfied with the ending, and the credits make the movie much spookier when you see photos of the real life families involved.
If you’re a fan of horror movies, bring some friends along to see The Conjuring. Who knows, maybe you’ll be able to scare the crap out of them after you see it!