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Blu-Ray Review: The Conjuring


Blu-Ray Review: The Conjuring / Cert: 15 / Director: James Wan / Screenplay: Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes / Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston / Release Date: 9th December

Similar in tone to InsidiousThe Conjuring is based on the real-life case of the Perron family. During the early ‘70s, the family’s Rhode Island home was the scene of a paranormal attack. Unknown to the family, a horde of murders, suicides and general nastiness had occurred for over 100 years at the site. Initially just a few strange goings-on, it soon becomes apparent that there is something in the house; something that has bad things in mind. Before long, the family makes the decision to call in the Warrens, Ed (Wilson) and Lorraine (Farmiga), who are a married couple that specialise in demonic cases.

Right, firstly, this film definitely matches Wan’s earlier films, likely being the best of the bunch. Atmospheric, tone-perfect and with scares aplenty, The Conjuring is simply one of the best horror films in recent memory. With the film set in the ‘70s, Wan captures the spirit of the time expertly, delivering a similar tone and texture to many films of the 1970s. Amazingly, there is no gore, no explicit language, no sex – this film gets by on scares alone.

Without throwing scares out there for the sake of it, The Conjuring finds its strength in its subtleties and timing. ..

For the full review, be sure to visit Starburst Magazine.

Also, make sure to pick up your copy of this brilliant horror:

The Conjuring [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]


19 thoughts on “Blu-Ray Review: The Conjuring

  1. I am a HUGE fan of The Conjuring. I thought it was incredibly well done. I really didn’t like Insidious, so I was so happy that this one was one of the best horror movies I have come across in years. Absolutely awesome review!


    • Glad you dug the review 🙂

      Yeah, one of the best horrors that I can remember seeing over the last decade or more. That and Big Bad Wolves. Did quite enjoy Sinister, too, in fairness. I didn’t mind Insidious too much, but watched Insidious 2 (review pending) last night – not so much of a fan.


      • 🙂 I want to see Big Bad Wolves.

        I didn’t think Sinister was that bad. Plot holes galore, but overall it was rather fun. Got to a messy place but got over it quickly too. Oh well.

        Hmmm, looking forward to what you had to say about it. I cannot believe they’re milking it quite like that.


      • We still haven’t even had The Evil Dead release here yet (rumoured for next year thought it was supposed to have come in August), so I intensely doubt that Big Bad Wolves will make it. Will have to source it some other way 😦


      • Evil Dead really surprised me. I was completely against it, but it’s a really good little film; faithful to the original yet different enough to be its own film.

        Hopefully the powers that be sort their shit out and hook SA up with those films.


      • I enjoyed it, I must say. I was pretty excited to see what Alvarez was going to do in order to use minimalistic CGI and it worked, I had a lot of fun with it.

        This is going to sound awful, but those slowpokes have forgotten that this is the era that the internets reigns supreme!


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