cast : Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston
Director: : James Wan
Genre : Thriller,Horror
Story : The Conjuring tells the story of a family terrorised by an evil presence in their new house. The Perrons move into a run-down farmhouse in the countryside of Harrisville in Rhode Island, and soon the mother Carolyn and five daughters start witnessing dark paranormal activity in the house, and like all others, this one too starts from the attic. All the clocks of the house mysteriously stop at 3.07am, the girls either start seeing or feeling a ghostly presence in the house, while the mother starts discovering inexplicable bruises on her body every morning. They start feeling the chilling presence and soon become victims of its violence. When it becomes unbearable, they decide to approach the Warrens, Ed the demonologist and Lorraine the clairvoyant.
Plot : Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story, “The Conjuring” tells the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
what’s good : The direction is one of its stronger points, the film is effective primarily due to its sudden sound transitions combined with the A-tonal music, kudos to Joseph Bishara and Mark Crozer for that. Other than that, the film feeds on the audience’s fear of the unknown. It is at these carefully crafted moments that the viewers either clench their companion’s palms, utter involuntary sighs and swishes or break into nervous laughter.
what’s bad : The graphic scenes do exist but they are minimal and don’t feature till the end of the film.
Overall : Go for the film, if you like an occasional dose of chilling thrills but if you’re one of those who tends to dwell on the scenes even after the film is over, you may want to stay away from this one.