The Conjuring is one of the scariest movies you will ever try to watch in your life. It makes Paranormal Activity look as scary as My Little Pony.
Set in 1971 and based on a true story, Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor star as Roger and Carolyn Perron – parents moving their 5 little girls to a rural farmhouse in Rhode Island.
In the middle of nowhere.
Next to a creepy lake.
Of course, right from the start, you know this is going to be bad news.
The dog won’t go through the front door. The clocks are always stopping at 3:07 AM, birds are crashing into the house every day, and what the heck is all of that clapping they keep hearing from the boarded up basement?
When things get really crazy they call in Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), who, if you know a little something about the history of the paranormal, are the people who investigated the Amityville Horror.
And, THAT is when things get interesting.
Whether or not you believe in ghosts, goblins and demonic entities, The Conjuring will scare you out of your underpants because director James Wan delivers a classic horror movie with all of the tension, anticipation and outright frights that have you hiding your eyes. It could be one of the best horror movies of the last ten years.
You can credit a fantastic cast as well. Farmiga brings such an eerie coolness and calm to Lorraine at all of the right moments, but also the warmth this character needs to be our heroine. She makes the character central to the premise and the action of the movie, when maybe the writing doesn’t always accomplish that.
Then, so many classic horror movie moments are included in The Conjuring that you might start thinking it is predictable, but that is when you realize Wan has lured you in to shock you with some outrageously fantastic twists and surprises to get you hiding behind your popcorn a few more times.
Yes, you know they can’t go in there, but knowing something horrifying is beyond the door is what makes it so fun.
The Conjuring is rated R for sequences of disturbing violence and terror