THE CONJURING: REVIEW
DO YOU BELIEVE?
By: Michelle Harripersadth
The movie that everyone is buzzing about is the horror film called The Conjuring.
Some say it is the scariest movie to date while others wish they never saw it. The only question on everyone’s mind after leaving the theatre is…. Do you believe?
Siblings Chad and Carey Hayes wrote the film. Hayes writing has included contributions to the House of Wax and The Reaping.
The director’s chair was filled by James Wan, one of the most talented directors who directed the original Saw, the critically-acclaimed “Haunted Child” movie Insidious, and the forthcoming sequel “Insidious Chapter 2”.
Just like the movie Insidious, The Conjuring features a scary old ghost lady as one of its main subjects however this movie shows the process in which an exorcism is taking place. Both movies are acclaimed to be based on true stories. However, some critics argue the case of whether it’s really true or not?
The story plot traces the Perrons, a close-knit family of seven who move into a beautiful lake house oblivious to its dark history.
As they move in strange things start occurring. The first red flag starts when their dog Sadie, that had somewhat of a sixth sense about the house refuses to enter the house. The next day the youngest daughter April (Kyla Deaver) finds the family pet lying in a pool of blood with its throat slit.
The next strange thing occurred when birds flew over the house and suddenly fall to the ground and break their necks, picture frames begin falling off the wall and then all the watches and clocks in the house stop at 03.07 am.
As these strange events unfold the movie seems to take the shape of any normal horror film however when you least expect it. The tables turn and it leaves the viewer trying to hiding under their seat.
One of the children discovers a hidden cellar door which leads to a discovery of even more haunting things. The mother, Carolyn (Lili Taylor) wakes up with bruises on her body.
As these strange events occur one of the freakiest events has to be when Carolyn and April play clap and seek (an adaptation of the original hide and seek game). As Carolyn enters one of the bedrooms the entity claps from behind the clothes in the wardrobe and as she goes near the wardrobe April catches her.
All these bizarre events prompt the couple to seek help from a paranormal investigating couple. Lorraine, a clairvoyant played by Vera Farmiga and Warren, a demonologist played by Patrick Wilson were called in to help trace the root of the strange events occurring in their home.
It starts off slow and somewhat gets confusing in some of the scenes where it looks like the Warrens and the Perrons are in two different eras but then builds up to become quite an intriguing end.
Frightening music boxes, dead bodies floating in lakes, closets with unknown entities and scary dolls, all make The Conjuring a very intriguing movie. But the best part of the movie has to be when Warren performs an exorcism.
Here is what other people who have seen the movie had to say. Kayreen Singh shared a facebook status and said “I’ve never actually seen people screaming in a movie theatre until today. Also I never expected to be one of those people screaming in a movie theatre until today. Advice: do not watch The Conjuring! Not during the day, at night, at home, in the movies. Just don’t.”