Director: James Wan
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Lily Taylor
Screenplay: Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes
Duration: 1 hour 53 minutes.
The Conjuring is a story about a family that moves into a new house and experiences paranormal activities. So, they call Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators to help them with their predicament.
Director James Wan who has made movies like Saw series, Insidious and Amytiville Horror is famous for delivering guts and gore in all his makes; but not this time. The Conjuring is a well-crafted hair-raiding horror flick that will give anyone the heebie-jeebies.
The plot is not so different than the clichéd classic theme of every horror movie. But, the screenplay and the execution are what make this movie a hit. From the very first scene, it builds up to the story so carefully and beautifully that the viewer's attention is never deviated. The cinematography occupies the audience with every scene and every action. The camera work is not over done with clean cuts and angles. The background score is always lurking and building anticipation with eerie sound effects throughout the movie.
The movie might look inspired by a lot of horror classics like the Exorcist, the Poltergeist and the Amytiville Horror. But, when all the scenes come together to make this one movie, the audience is compelled to forget everything except being scared out of their wits. Some very basic scenes like the 'hide and clap' game scene will send shivers down the audience's spine.
The casting director did an amazing job with the cast. Having actors like Patrick Wilson and Lily Taylor definitely helped the movie to look like a serious one and that the filmmakers meant business. Lily Taylor's character as the caring mother as well as the changed one later in the plot is undoubtedly plausible. The child actors also did a commendable work, especially Mackenzie Foy with all her unpredictable outbursts in the movie. There are many scenes that will make you jump off your seats, squint your eyes shut and squirm till your brain is exhausted. The smooth unfolding of the mysteries will keep your heart beating fast for the whole of 110 minutes of the film.
If you get an adrenaline rush out of fear and getting scared, then you cannot miss this terrifying movie, one of the best in this genre in recent years. The great thing about the movie is that, it is one of the few adaptations of stories based on true events, which seems so real and close to the original incident.
But, if you cannot handle psychological haunting horror movies, The Conjuring is not for you.