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'The Conjuring' conjures a good-ole fashion scare

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"The Conjuring" movie


Not all horror films has to feature girls being physically tortured to the point that it almost becomes pornographic but rather haunted by mysterious sounds and events surrounding the household.

The Conjuring” manages to scare by appealing to the auditory senses until the visual threat is seen. When the entity is shown, the film becomes a bit off a let down. But until then every creak of the floorboard and the slow-closing or the fast-slamming of the door is enough to make the film suspenseful. Let’s also not forgets a creepy childhood doll named Annabelle.

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as the renowned husband and wife paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, who have been to the sites - real or faux cases of the supernatural.

Mr. Wilson serves as the religious figure while Ms. Farmiga serves as a clairvoyant, a conduit to the spirit world. Her unique ability allows her to see dark entities not seen by the naked eye. However with her talent, it can be draining for her as well.

One case that stands out in their career, as stated in the beginning of the film, will be the haunting of house being occupied by the Perrons: Roger (Ron Livingston) and Carolyn (Lili Taylor) and their five daughters.

The Perrons make the perfect prey to the demonic spirit being newcomers who occupy a home without knowing its extensive background. The girls range in age making them the perfect vessels to communicate through consciously or unknowingly. Each of the members of the family are impacted from the bruising of the skin, noticing of unbearable stenches and the feeling of coldness or other touches. The film also makes uses of an innocent children's game known as Hide and Clap to allow the entity to have fun with the participants playing.

Skepticism and doubts arise as the family make do with their transition of their new home and start anew. They discover boarded up rooms and hidden passages but there's no room safe from the spirit and its doing. However, when events are witnessed, there’s no doubt that things can’t be explained logically and the researchers are called in.

The film focuses on two storylines showing us the Warren’s history in their research archived through video and audio while the unexpected family is introduced before their paths merge.

When the Warrens get involved, the demonic being also invades their personal sphere as it hits too close to their home. They realize that what they have started in digging into the history of the home and its surrounding area that they must complete this not only for their sake and sanity but for the well beings of the Perrons.

Classification: Redbox New Release Blu-Ray

Movie Grade: 4 out of 5 stars

It’s really the sounds that will scare the audience and have their eyes turning away or up in their seats before the film reveals the entity at hand.

Blu-Ray Grade: 0 out of 5 stars:

Rental version only features the film.

Rating: R for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language

Timing: 1 Hour, 52 Minutes

Genre: Horror, Thriller,

  • Director: James Wan
  • Writers: Chad & Carey Hayes

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