Thursday, 23 January 2014

''The Conjuring'' (2013 movie)- Review

Directed by: James Wan
Released: 2013
Country: United States

Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


Having heard a lot about ''The Conjuring'', I had been anticipating to watch it. When I finally watched it a few days ago, I didn't think it was one of the scariest films I have watched. It was scary, yes, but not that terrifying either. But yet, the sudden shocks are worth mentioning, and the film itself is extremely well-made, with atmosphere and strong performance, especially from Vera Farmiga and Lili Taylor. 

Roger and Carolyn Perron, along with their five daughters, move to a house. As soon as they arrive, strange incidences start happening... some strange, scary, unexplainable incidences that makes them convinced that there is indeed a supernatural presence in this house. They ask Ed and Lorraine Warren, well-known paranormal investigators, to investigate. The Warrens come across shocking things about the house's past.

Except the few shocking scenes, including the jump scares (which were very, very scary), I didn't really think that the film was that terrifying. However, it is a really well-made film. It has a great atmosphere and the characters are really well-developed. The film delves into the emotions of the characters, especially those of Carolyn and Lorraine, played by Taylor and Farmiga respectively. Carolyn is worried about her family, about the safety of her daughters, about the strange happenings in her house, and Lorraine is touched by Carolyn's big family. She wants to help her, wants to keep the beautiful family safe. There is also a sweet chemistry between Ed (played by Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine, as Ed wants to protect Lorraine. Every paranormal activity that they investigate leave a bad impact on Lorraine, and Ed wants to protect Lorraine from this.

Another amazing thing about the film is that it doesn't take a LONG time to develop the atmosphere, rather there is an atmosphere from the beginning of the film.

Some people may find ''The Conjuring'' more scary; I don't know why I didn't feel it was that scary! There were some scenes that were extremely terrifying. The jump scares and some of the images kept haunting me for some time (the ghost on the wardrobe and a few other scenes terrified me).  As a movie, ''The Conjuring'' is really good; the background, cinematography, script and performances were really good.

3.5 out of 5


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