Welcome to Moviests.com! Start your experience by asking a question , or commenting on a current post.
Welcome to Moviests, where you can ask questions about your favorite movies, actors, and directors! Receive answers from other members of the community, while engaging in thought provoking discussions about film.


Review by Jeff Ames

There are scary movies, scarier movies, and then there's The Conjuring -- a freakish nightmare of a film that crawls under your skin and wiggles around until all sense of comfort seeps out of your body.

I'll be the first to admit I'm not the biggest horror movie fan. Most in the genre are either too gross, too predictable, or just plain cheesy to enjoy.

The Conjuring manages to be intense, creepy, and unerving -- sometimes at the same time -- and only loses focus when director James Wan reverts back to his goofy Saw-isms (look! freaky dolls!). Otherwise, it's a good old fashioned horror flick that carries the same weight (read: demonic) as Richard Donner's The Omen.

Based on true events about a family (headlined by Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston, no less) undergoing a demonic posession of their home, The Conjuring builds its oft-used premise around real life ghostbusters Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), who swoop in to save the family from the clutches of an ancient spirit.

For the first hour, the film moves along like a distant cousin to Paranormal Activity. There are even moments captured on an old 1970's reel-to-reel camera, and subtle scares to be found such as the closing of doors or yanking of a foot that draw close comparisons to the low budget ghost fest.

Luckily, the comparisons stop there.

Rather then reserve himself to specific angles, Wan weaves his camera around the posessed home -- a star in its own right -- and utilizes clever lighting to draw a fair amount of jump scares during the character building moments (read: the boring parts).

Once the demonic beast rears its ugly head, however, all bets are off. The Conjuring climaxes with a whopper of a sequence that won't necessarily make you jump as much as seek shelter in a nearby church. It's freaky stuff, the kind that feels plausible enough to warrant the obligatory "True Story" moniker.  

Wan resists any urges to go over the top -- the hokey green lighting FX are thankfully nowhere to be found -- revealing a much more reserved side to his craft than previously seen in the likes of Saw, Dead Silence, or even the overpraised Insidious. He knows the material on hand is good enough to speak for itself, and lets it do just that.

He gets help in the form of Wilson and Farmiga, two veteran actors who bring a sense of gravitas to tricky roles that might have drifted into hokum in lesser hands.

Taylor is effective as the grief-stricken mom, while Livingston does what he can in a limited role.

I still think Evil Dead takes top dollar as this year's freakiest horror flick, but that's not really a fair comparison. Where Evil Dead utilized over-the-top gore tactics to draw its shrieks, The Conjuring goes for something far more subtle and disturbing. Call it reality horror -- with an emphasis on the reality. Everything on screen feels plausible, and thus scarier.

And that ending hits all the right notes. I'm guessing you'll think twice about walking into a dark room after you've seen it.


"The Conjuring" movie trailer is property of Warner Bros. pictures and is used for promotional purposes only. 

in Top Box Office by (200 points)
edited by

Your answer

Your name to display (optional):
Privacy: Your email address will only be used for sending these notifications.
Anti-spam verification:
To avoid this verification in future, please log in or register.

4 Answers

You're high, this movie sucked!
by (300 points)
this is a good film :)
by (140 points)
this movie is not scary, just the same stuff! the demon didn't even put up much of a fight to stay in control of the womans body at the end! kinda lame!

is film top rated,smiley


Related questions

3 answers 18.9k views
18.9k views asked Jul 27, 2013 in Reviews by moviests.com (200 points)
0 answers 192 views
192 views asked Aug 18, 2013 in Top Box Office by jho
4 answers 1.2k views
1.2k views asked Jul 19, 2013 in Top Box Office by amesjeff12 (1.0k points)
1 answer 573 views
573 views asked Jul 18, 2013 in Top Box Office by anonymous
0 answers 194 views
194 views asked Dec 18, 2013 in Top Box Office by tyron (120 points)
0 answers 199 views
199 views asked Oct 23, 2013 in Past Movies by anonymous
0 answers 262 views
262 views asked Sep 9, 2013 in Horrible Films by anonymous
2 answers 597 views
597 views asked Aug 26, 2013 in Horrible Films by jhennice sag (160 points)
5 answers 3.4k views
3.4k views asked Aug 21, 2013 in Horrible Films by jv rivera (230 points)
7 answers 3.7k views
3.7k views asked Aug 19, 2013 in Horrible Films by daniellamarie valdez (120 points)
54 answers 22.3k views
22.3k views asked Aug 18, 2013 in Upcoming Movies by Malyn
0 answers 7.8k views
7.8k views asked Sep 12, 2013 in Reviews by moviests.com (200 points)
2 answers 35.6k views
35.6k views asked Aug 15, 2013 in Reviews by moviests.com (200 points)
0 answers 2.7k views
2.7k views asked Aug 8, 2013 in Reviews by moviests.com (200 points)
0 answers 115 views
115 views asked May 11, 2014 in Actors and Actresses by Michael Phelps (120 points)
0 answers 189 views
189 views asked Jan 4, 2014 in Past Movies by didy juliardy (120 points)
3 answers 1.4k views
1.4k views asked Dec 2, 2013 in Top Box Office by miera83 (120 points)
0 answers 196 views
196 views asked Jan 10, 2014 in Classics by anonymous
0 answers 266 views
266 views asked Nov 12, 2013 in Past Movies by salima (120 points)
0 answers 250 views
250 views asked Oct 28, 2013 in Horrible Films by farah
1 answer 286 views
286 views asked Sep 18, 2013 in Past Movies by ladylake (120 points)
3 answers 829 views
829 views asked Nov 26, 2013 in Horrible Films by CrystalJane29 (160 points)
0 answers 579 views
579 views asked Aug 24, 2013 in Past Movies by anonymous
1 answer 298 views
298 views asked Apr 13, 2014 in Top Box Office by laeilouise_28 (120 points)
0 answers 367 views
367 views asked Jan 15, 2014 in Top Box Office by ricky kadja (140 points)
0 answers 265 views
265 views asked Jan 15, 2014 in Top Box Office by ricky kadja (140 points)
1 answer 439 views
439 views asked Oct 13, 2013 in Top Box Office by anonymous
0 answers 147 views
147 views asked Aug 5, 2013 in Top Box Office by anonymous
1 answer 284 views
284 views asked Aug 1, 2013 in Top Box Office by Ageng