“We prefer to be known simply as Ed and Lorraine Warren”
Going into The Conjuring was a bit of an off-the-cuff decision, but one that really paid off. I’d seen the trailer for the creepy (what I thought was doll-based) movie a couple of times before other films but had never really had a real urge like I have with other horrors this year to go and see it. This decision paid off big-time and was quite possibly one of my favourite films, and certainly the best horror (I have seen) this year. A thrill ride from start to finish full with genuine frights and mystery to delight all film-goers.
What I enjoyed most about the production is that it knew exactly where it was going. It knew the story it had to tell and never strayed or gave up until the very end, the clues were there and the doll seen in the trailers and posters was only an opening to the characters and a delightful decoy from what was to come but also become a sub-story in itself and one that surely eggs the studio into creating some sequel formula… I mean surely if the lost cause that is Paranormal Activity can still be running The Conjuring (or it’s characters should I say) have more stories to tell, especially as it is based on real events and characters.
The shocks and jump-cuts may well border on the predictable but the awesome thing about them is they are bloody scary nonetheless. Director James Wan magics up mounting dread with silence and suspense, but also with the lingering unsettled camera shots that you can never be quite sure if they will lead anywhere.
The terror that lurks in the story of a demon not just haunting a house but haunting the occupants inside it creates a no-escape feel to this hugely enjoyable, genuinely scary horror picture that leaves scents that will throw you back to 70’s classics of the same genre. Not only cool but slick, The Conjuring has to be in the running for my own ‘surprise of the year’ and is certainly a film I will be looking into taking second helpings from upon the Blu-Ray release.