Vera Farmiga as Lorraine Warren
Patrick Wilson as Ed Warren
Lili Taylor as Carolyn Perron
Ron Livingston as Roger Perron
In theaters July 19
In 1971 Roger and Carolyn Perron and their 5 daughters moved into a farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island. A young struggling family, a beautiful country home in an idyllic setting. Until things start going wrong. All clocks stopping at the same time in the middle of the night. The family dog, who was never comfortable in the house, meets a mysterious end. The youngest daughter begins speaking with an unseen playmate. Carolyn starts waking up with unexplained bruising; the girls experience foul smells and unseen forces that grab at their feet in their beds at night. That is just the beginning of the family’s ordeal. The Perron Family realizes that they are not alone and they need help.
Enter Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators who have a long history of ghost hunting and demonic actvity. Ed has a background in demonology and Lorraine is a clairvoyant and medium. The Perrons plead with the couple to come and check out the house. What they find is a hive of several spirits and a dominant dark demonic presence ready and wanting to take possession of Carolyn. Researching the house they find that the original owner, the dominant spirit, was a descendant of a woman accused of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials. She was hung in the yard. As she died she cursed the property. Subsequent owners of the house and property throughout the years were plagued with violence and death.
The Warrens bring in their team of investigators to document the haunting and to try to help save the Perron family from losing their lives, and in Carolyn’s case, her soul. It’s almost like a vintage episode of Ghost Hunters when the Warrens bring in their team, but with much better results. Also bear in mind that this is based on a true story of one of the Warren’s cases that took place years before another of their investigations, the Amityville haunting.
The Conjuring is a very unexpected horror movie. Set in 1971 the film is in itself a throwback to that time period in terms of execution. If you are influenced by today’s horror movies that have to have constant jump scares, blood and gore and high body counts, then The Conjuring may move too slow for you. This is old school horror. This movie is full of good suspenseful scares that are perfectly placed with careful precision. That’s the beauty of this film. It manages to keep you engaged and waiting for that next scare, that next reveal. It comes in layers like an onion; peeling away one after the other until you get to the center of the terror.
With movies like Saw, Insidious, and Dead Silence under his belt, director James Wan knows his way around a good scare, so The Conjuring is very definitely worth a look if you enjoy a chill down your spine.
5 out of 5 stars.
Check out the trailer for “THE CONJURING” below: