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 Insidious, The 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. ..
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