It’s rare for a horror movie to strike gold, but James Wan does it successfully. This was a genuinely good horror film for me.
Poltergeist Insidious (also directed by James Wan) was a fan favourite for a lot of people, but it let me down in comparison to the brilliance that Dead Silence produced. Plus, dummies scare the shit out of me, so it was already a winner there….
The Conjuring is about a family of 7 that experiences supernatural events when they move into a new home. The family asks for the help of Ed and Lorraine Warren; played by the handsome Patrick Wilson, and the captivating Vera Farmiga, to cleanse their house and rid their lives of the strange occurences.
The ’70s vibe was a very ‘refreshing’ scene, and it was really cool to be immersed into that time period. The costumes and the sets were retro ’70s and added to the chill factor of the movie. The transitions to certain scenes were seamless, and the camera would flip upside down, and change the perspective to a completely different scene effortlessly. It was very cool to watch from an artistic view.
The cool thing about the movie is that Ed and Lorraine Warren were real people, and this was a true story. They talk about Annabelle (a possessed doll) in the beginning of the movie, and before I saw the Conjuring I remembered reading about Annabelle the doll in high school, and it scared the crap out of me. That’s probably where my fear of dolls started… Then I remembered why the names of Ed and Lorraine Warren were so familiar to me. The book I read is entitled The Demonologist and it follows the career of Ed and Lorraine. A big part of the book talks about Annabelle the doll, and the story behind Annabelle portrayed in the movie is how it’s explained in the book. James Wan consulted the real Lorraine Warren as well as the real Carolyn Perron (the mother of the family) and both women validate the true events that are portrayed in this film. Having read about the multiple supernatural cases that were mentioned in the film, before script was even written for The Conjuring, make me believe that there is complete truth to this.
The film is genuinely creepy, and one of the better horror movies I’ve seen recently, along with the film Sinister. Here’s a comparison of the actors and the real life people they play in the movie. This source also goes into the real story of The Perron Family. *Warning, this source contains spoilers for the movie*. See it here.