The Conjuring (2013) – It’s scary because it actually happened!
Actors: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston
Duration: 111 min
You might like this movie if you enjoyed:
The Amityville Horror (1979/2005), The Shining (1980), Insidious (2010)
Long Story Short: In this movie based on true events we get to know the Perron Family, that moves in a new home and experiences horrific events due to spirits living in their house. They seek the help of Ed and Lorraine Warren, so called demonologist specializing in ghosts and spiritual activities.
Review: For weeks I have been so obsessed about this movie that I actually read plenty of reviews and watched interviews, which built up my expectations too high I guess. Judging by what everyone else has said, I was expecting to be at the edge of my seat, biting on my finger nails, occasionally covering my eyes, maybe even scream out loud. But that was not the case. Nonetheless I did enjoy The Conjuring, because it doesn’t rely on over-the top gore effects or people jumping out of a dark corner, as a matter of fact certain scenes actually make your heart beat faster just because you think something is going to happen, and then… nothing. But then you don’t expect it, and it happens. The cast was terrific. Vera Fermiga is a very charismatic actress, I would almost say like a young Meryl Streep, and she brought life into this movie, but so did Patrick Wilson. And let’s not forget about Lily Taylor, who definitely needs more roles.
If you have seen Insidious you will definitely find similarities as far as the shock moments go. James Wan is a great director, who knows how to create an atmospheric horror thriller with great cinematography. His secret is to use his own fears to create the mood of the movie (see interview below).
Here are A few questions that came up while watching the movie:
Why do mostly Christians/Catholics get attacked by evil spirits? Are they easy targets?
In a scene they mention that the Church might refuse to perform an exorcism if a person is not baptized? Was that a hidden message that people who are not baptized aren’t worth to be saved?