Starring: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor, and Ron Livingston.
Duration: 1hr 52mins. Rated: R
Basis: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
Review: Based on a true story, from the Director of SAW andINSIDIOUS, comes THE CONJURING. This movie was packed full of suspense, mixed with some horror. The story line was good. Things were explained to the best of their ability. Its horror factor could have been increased, while the creepy factor was just right. I’m not usually found of films set before the 80s, but it was tolerable. Throughout the film you eventually begin to sympathize with the family at hand. Unfortunately, no original footage was used which would have given it some major bonus points. Some parts were slow, but nevertheless, it kept your attention until the next scary scene, which were pretty intense when they came around. Also, the special and make-up fx were superb.
The entire cast of this film did an amazing job. Patrick Wilson did a great job, staying strong. He might have just found the genre of film he’s been looking for being that action doesn’t seem to be looking so well. The only troublesome about his character were those dreaded sideburns. After a while, they become an eyesore. Someone who wasn’t at all an eyesore was Vera Farmiga. She is not only a very pretty actress, but very talented. Her expression of emotions were off the charts. Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston also did a great job. Taylor outshinning Livingston just a bit more. The rest of the supporting cast consisted of: Shanley Caswell (did well), Hayley McFarland (innocent), Joey King (emotions were highly believable), Mackenzie Foy (darling), Kyla Deaver (adorable), and, Shannon Kook and John Brotherton (comical when appropriate, but otherwise, down to business).
All in all, THE CONJURING is a pretty genuine horror film. It’s not overly done with special fx, or loud suspenseful music. It mostly does it with silence and dramatic pauses. If you’re a fan of the horror genre, this is the film for you.
So until next time, remember: A game of Hide and Clap isn’t the best game to play in a big creepy house.