Last night went to the theaters to see “The Conjuring,” and was not disappointed. It’s that kind of film that takes one back to when movies were freaky and weren’t just gore-fests. The film is based on a true story and it has some of the most popular ghost hunters, Lorraine and Ed Warren. During that time one other famous ghost hunter comes to that time and that is Hans Holzer. The film takes place in 1971, a family is being haunted by some malicious spirits and they ask the Warrens for help. The film is literally laced with demonic possession, spirits, and haunted objects.
Lili Taylor and Vera Farmiga stole the show, both actresses gave it their all for their roles. What Taylor goes through the movie is wow! The film is downright creepy, there are some scenes that just bring chills down your back. I don’t want to give away any scenes specifically but I will say, there is one scene that involves a game where you hide and the person who tries to find you is blindfolded, the hider must clap their hands to give hints, well let’s just say the ghosts also take a liking to that game!
If you’re one who loves ghost films and a fan of the Warrens, I recommend it. It’s a classic ghost story that is a mix of “Poltergeist,” and “The Exorcist.” If you want two examples that are modern classics.The possession scene was something else, my arms were tingling from it and that wasn’t just from one scene either. Personally ghost films are a lot scarier than any other horror genres I’ve seen.
I haven’t read the true story behind it but from watching the movie I’m interested into knowing more. I’ve read about the Warrens and it was neat to see them in a current horror film.
I haven’t seen anything this good in the last 5 years, I’ll admit I’m picky with newer horror films. The last ghost film to really frighten me was “The Changeling,” which is ironic because when watching it, there is one scene where a ball falls out of nowhere and while sitting there that movie did come to mind. “The Conjuring,” definitely fits with other ghost films for some scary old Halloween viewing.
“The Conjuring,” is frightening, sad in some parts, and has enough suspense to make you jump out of your seat. The film had me glued to the end mainly because I wanted to know why the house was haunted and wanted the family dead. I give James Wan credit, he knows how to direct a horror film that is actually decent (sorry horror fans but didn’t enjoy “Saw.”). So overall I would give this movie 4 1/2 stars. It did everything that a horror film should do for me: scare me, make me interested, and feel for characters.