The Conjuring was hyped up to be a very frightening horror picture weeks before it graced the Philippine theaters. And you know what? It was worth the hype. Filled with jolting scenes and scary antics, The Conjuring is a good horror movie that deserves to be watched on theaters.
The Conjuring is not that simple of a movie yet not that complicated not to understand, too. You just need to have an open mind to things you thought are not possible to happen. The movie is based on the true story of demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren as they help the Perron family overcome the haunting they are experiencing after moving into a new house. Demonologists are paranormal investigators and they help people who experience paranormal activities. The movie’s able to show what they usually do: research, investigate, gather evidences and perform procedures appropriate to the event or situation. In the case of the Perron family, what they needed is exorcism.
This horror movie joins the roster of great American horror movies in recent years: Insidious, Cabin in the Woods, Sinister and the first Paranormal Activity. The suspense here is undoubtedly real. Simple haunting and scary tricks make their way early in the movie, setting the pace of what is to come. You will then feel several jolts in the middle part until you feel the intensity of the terrifying climax. The Conjuring’s director, James Wan, is surely becoming an important personality in the horror genre. (FYI: he’s also the director of Insidious and Saw).
The music and sound used are very effective in setting the mood and the period of the film. They carry with them that haunting atmosphere all throughout the film while reminding the audience the story happened back in the 70’s. The visual effects are so solid you’d believe what you are seeing onscreen. The people behind these effects should also be commended because of the good dose of terrifying scenes they helped realize in the film.
Vera Farmiga is outstanding as Lorraine Warren, whose clairvoyance is believed to take emotional and spiritual toll on her. Her acting showed her character’s genuine personality: caring and empathic to people who are being disturbed by other-worldly beings. Patrick Wilson is quickly becoming a staple of horror movies as he proves once again how effective he is in this movie genre no matter what character he portrays. He is very good as Ed Warren, the other half of Lorraine. Lily Taylor is brilliant as Carolyn Perron, the person possessed in the story. Believe me, she has the nastiest and most horrifying scenes in the movie and yet she’s able to pull them all through. The rest of the cast is good, and they are able to do what they had to do to pull off what I would like to call being scary or being scared performances.
There’s news that The Conjuring is going to have a sequel. After knowing the hype was worth it for this film, I am actually excited for what’s to come next.
The Conjuring’s movie rating by the pondering movie fan: 4.5 out of 5.