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The Conjuring

(DVD - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Conjuring
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"Based on true events, The Conjuring tells the thrilling story of ghost hunters Lorraine and Ed Warren..., who help a family terrorized by an evil spirit in their mysterious farmhouse"--Container.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2013]
ISBN: 9781622242245
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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Dec 05, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Ed and Lorraine Warren, the dynamic ghostbusting duo whose real life experiences at a New England farmhouse gave rise to the Amityville Horror franchise, tear yet another page out of their demonic scrapbook in order to tell the tale of Roger and Carolyn Perron. When the Perrons and their five daughters moved to a new home in rural Rhode Island they had no idea the place had a macabre history involving witchcraft and murder, nor were they aware that a dark presence still resided in the dusty nooks and crannies. No sooner had they settled in then the spooky hijinks began with banging walls and foul odours quickly giving way to eerie visitations and spectral assaults. By the time the Warrens were consulted the Perrons were living out of the downstairs parlour, the only relatively safe place in the entire house. Setting up shop with various paranormal detectors scattered throughout the building and a small team of demon watchers manning the controls, the Warrens and their hosts prepared for a series of spooky all-night vigils—but no one was prepared for the sheer malevolence they encountered…an evil with the ability to stretch far beyond the Perron’s front gate. There is a genuinely scary short film here. The first half of The Conjuring contains all the necessary ingredients for a week’s worth of nightmares with midnight treks into a dark cellar lit only by matches, haunted cabinets creaking open, and a little girl checking under her bed despite my whispered warnings to dive under the sheets instead. ”There’s something standing behind the door!” one child hisses to her little sister as my hand reaches for the light switch yet again. Unfortunately director James Wan decides halfway through that more is better than less and we’re treated to the usual string of Catholic clichés (the crucifix fell on the floor….oh nooooo!), leering rubber masks, and ridiculous images of a possessed Lili Taylor riding a bucking armchair and spitting blood. Not only did I (comfortably) turn the lights back off but the group hug finale had me wishing for a rematch. Where’s Max von Sydow and Jason Miller when you need them?

Dec 03, 2014
  • POLITICSOWNSUS rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Just another haunted house,paranormal,and DEMON possession film period!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nov 07, 2014
  • trotter73 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

a decent ghost movie. But I wish they'd stop with the 'based on a true story' BS. The only truth is that they bought a house.

Sep 20, 2014
  • SquirrelFace rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

this is the scariest movie i've watched and i've been trying to find a movie that will scare me without using blood and guts and violence. There's not a lot of gore but very suspenseful. very creepy, very spooky. especially if you've just moved to a new home....

In 1971, Roger and Carolyn Perron move into an old farmhouse with their daughters. They find a boarded up entrance to a hidden basement and are soon haunted by paranormal forces. When they become desperate, they call in famous paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. They discover that the house has been haunted by a witch who murdered her own son and is trying to posses others to do the same. Ed and Lorraine try to convince the Church to allow them to perform and excorcism and save the Perrin family.
The story of a family in a haunted house has been used in a lot of horror movies, but The Conjuring does it pretty well. A lot of horror movies these days depend on jump scares to make the audience scared. This usually frightens you for a few seconds but ends up feeling like a cheap and lazy way to scare someone. However, the Conjuring is really good at building up tension and a creepy atosphere which ends up being much scarier than a simple jump scare. Also unlike a lot of other movies of its genre, there is nothing sexual, no nudity and no really violent scenes. The only reason the movie is rated R is only because of how scary it is. This means that The Conjuring doesn't really show you blood and gore to scare you, but lets you imagine what is happening, which means it can be as scary as you make it for youself.
All the characters in the movie; the Perrons and the Warrens as well as the other supporting characters are decently acted. The children are also surpsisingly convincing when they are acting in scenes where they have to be scared since child actors are usually not so good at acting. Some of the characters do feel really unecessary, like the 5 daughters. Only a few of them are really important to the story and even though the movie claims to be based on true events and therefore the daughters had to be there, some of them really don't do anything at all. But Ed and Lorraine themselves are pretty interesting, especially Lorraine who is a "clairvoyant". The effects in the film are also mostly practical, which makes everything feel more real than CGI effects.
Overall, The Conjuring is a creepy, scary movie that doesn't really on sex or violence, so you can watch it with your kids if they're up to it. Even though I really don't think that this happened in real life, the story is pretty interesting and the cinematography is really good as well as you get some really creepy shots. The Conjuring is one of the few movies that sets up a scary tone instead of jump scares and is an enjoyable horror film you can watch with anybody that can handle being a little scared.

Jul 14, 2014
  • tgwilliams rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Based on historical events of a violent murder that took place in the late 1800's
Spooky supernatural phenomena ... scarey nonetheless!

Apr 12, 2014
  • greencheerios rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The stroy line has been done a million times. I didn't find it scary one bit and I'm a wuss when it comes to horror movies.

Apr 07, 2014
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Unless you're a gullible, starry-eyed, Catholic, wiener-head, The Conjuring's story is sure to strike you as being nothing but a lousy pack-of-lies. This film will undoubtedly leave you absolutely outraged at its demented exorcism-rubbish and its totally sickening, self-righteous, religious overtones._____ From one predictable sequence of thuds & creaks after another (ho-hum!), The Conjuring's story relegates those saintly Catholics as the ones laying claim to "hauntings" as being their sacred territory, and their's alone. (So, lay off you F.N. faithless ones!)_____ I thought that The Conjuring's Paranormal "Supers", Ed & Lorraine Warren, were hilariously unconvincing. These 2 goody-goody, Catholic, ghostbusters perform Vatican-approved exorcisms and spew out biblical mumbo-jumbo that'll kill you with its insincerity._____ After seeing what this film expects the viewer to swallow as fact-based truth and take at face value, I swear its pious propaganda will make a true disbeliever out of you, as it did me._____ All-in-all - The Conjuring was an ultimate mess of exorcism-movie cliches that sucked to heaven and hell, and beyond.

Apr 02, 2014
  • kah_chan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I like horror film without all those green slime and blood thrown in your face moment. This is a master piece in this century, classy and powerful.

The box office of this film tells you more than enough about it, considering it an 'R'-rated adult film in many countries. Vera Farmiga should get an Oscar nomination for a leading actress. She draws you into her weak state after each scary moment ... you just can't help feeling for her and the victims.

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Nov 05, 2014
  • tgwilliams rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

tgwilliams thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Nov 27, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Ed Warren: "The devil exists. God exists. And for us, as people, our very destiny hinges on which we decide to follow."

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