Movie Plot – The Conjuring: Paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family that is terrorized by a dark presence in their house.
Director: James Wan
Writers: Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston
James Wan, the first Saw and Insidious director was responsible for two of the most profitable and well-received horror films. At the time of writing, The Conjuring also spent a lot of his budget.
Wan can safely be called one of the masters of modern horror and a very talented filmmaker. These talents haven’t gone unnoticed at the big studios either. It’s not for nothing that he was awarded the prestigious directorial job of Fast & Furious 7 and Aquaman.
A Haunted House
Moving with your family to a distant country house where murders have been committed is asking for trouble. That is exactly what the Perron family does. And, of course, strange things soon happen. All the clocks stop at the same time, it’s cold everywhere in the house, a sudden smell sometimes looms up, the dog doesn’t want to go inside, and mother Carolyn Perron gets unexplained bruises. When the house’s events become more and more creepy and intense, the family calls in the help of the famous paranormal researchers, Ed and Lorraine Warren.
The Conjuring is based on one of these Ed and Lorraine Warren cases, two of the best-known ghost hunters/paranormal researchers. Whether or not the Warrens were a bunch of impostors is, of course, a subject of discussion. Still, their work has already yielded several films, such as The Amityville Horror and The Haunting in Connecticut. I honestly want to believe their stories are fake because I don’t want to believe in those things. I mean, I’m terrified of these, so watching a film like this is like torture for me.
If you are looking for a fanatical horror that can make great movie reviews about this genre, then you have come to the wrong place. Horror is one of the genres that I have a hard time reviewing. I notice that I am more afraid than the rest. Sometimes when I come out of a movie theatre and hear everyone say it wasn’t that scary, while I’m all like, ” I’m going to turn on the lights everywhere for the next few days.”
The demons are near
First of all, I think it’s a scary movie. However, some people believe that the “dark force” in the house doesn’t want to get off the ground very soon. It takes a while for something actually to happen, but I thought it was pretty well built up. Others think it’s a sloppy script.
Did I expect it to be scarier? Actually, yes. And that’s because the film takes some time before something happens. I was actually ok with that, but yes, everyone is different on that level.
There are also quite a lot of characters in this movie, which makes it focus on different people. Besides the focus that is not always correctly divided, The Conjuring leaves too many things unanswered, and you can almost call the ending Wan unworthy. What terrible things did Lorraine Warren see during an earlier exorcism that drove her to lock herself in her room for eight days? And what exactly is the role of the doll Annabelle? These things are deliberately given a stage that is then not used, however, apart from the fact that an Annabelle came out years later.
At the beginning of the film, they show the family who will live in the house and the couple Ed and Lorraine separately. As if these two were separate storylines. I found this a pleasant surprise because you don’t see this much in horror movies. It also felt like it was more about Ed and Lorraine than the original victims. That’s why I longed for their other stories as well because you know they experienced other things. So in terms of tension, surprise and originality, the film is very well put together.
The Conjuring is quite entertaining and has some very impressive, scary moments which show Wan at his best.