Director James Wan is back with another horror movie, The Conjuring. He uses the people’s fear of the unknown to elicit scares from them. It feels like the combination of The Exorcist and Paranormal Activity. If you’re looking for something scary, then go watch this one.
The Conjuring is said to be based on a true story of the Perron family who purchased a house in Harrisville, Rhode Island in the early 1970s. They live with the dead for ten years. Andrea Perron, eldest daughter of the family, wrote about their ordeal and the story is adapted into The Conjuring.
In charging of bringing the story to the big screen are screenwriters Chad and Carey W. Hayes. Roger and Carolyn Perron (Ron Lvingston and Lili Taylor) move into a farmland that smells of death with their five daughters, Hayley McFarland, Mackenzie Foy, Joey King, Kyla Deaver, and Shanley Caswell).
The family dog doesn’t want to enter the house. Birds usually crash into the windows and break their necks. The family finds a hidden cellar while playing Hide and Clap, which is similar to the game the kids played in The Orphanage.
The Conjuring is like a mixture of elements that have worked in horror movies. Most of them have been used in the genre for a long them but they have seamlessly used to come up with a very scary movie. It can scare even those who have watched a lot of horror movies.
The cast members deliver performances that work for The Conjuring. They make the movie more believable.
There are now talks about making The Conjuring into a franchise and yet the movie’s ending is too clean for a horror movie. It makes you wonder how they will start the second movie of the supposed franchise. But as a standalone movie, The Conjuring is a horror flick worth watching.