“It talked to me.” The Conjuring Movie Review

The film got a lot of street credibility on Facebook, as memes and links about the Annabelle doll and  the movie flooded my Facebook Newsfeed. It maybe because of the typhoon Maring where a lot of us Filipinos are just at home waiting for the er- floods to subside, or is just curious about all the hype. So what’s our verdict?

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“The Conjuring” is based on how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. 

Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives.

Plot

We see a lot of time and tested elements of a horror flick in this film. But the decision to veer away from the computer graphics and just use the good old horror trickery of whispers-here-door-creaking-there-then-the-massive-scare is quite effective. Although the tiny funny inserts were cute, James Wan was successful in delivering a good horror film that urged people to talk about it after watching the film.

The fear of the unknown, the use of everyday things in the film had a lasting effect. I see myself occasionally glance at my shoulder as I finish some stuff at 2am in the morning, and ensure that my feet is conveniently under the covers of my blanket for almost a week.

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Casting

We see some horror film regulars such as Vera Farmiga (Orphan, Up in the Air) and Patrick Wilson (Insidious). The Perron kids breathe life in the film as they are the first ones who experienced the infestation and described what they seeing in crisp horrific detail. It was a smart cast. No time was wasted for bad acting in this film.

Cinematography

Weirdly one of the film’s strongest points. The small details mattered a lot in this film, from the wardrobe, the everyday items, the opening billboard, the film stayed true to its era that it will be confusing to say that the film is made on 2013. I’m sure the hipsters will love the little details.

The Verdict:

It was a good creepy film. Definitely something that should be watched on the big screen. Stop the torrents guys ;)

The Showbook rating: 4 out of 5 stars

"The Conjuring" has been rated R-13 by the MTRCB and is now in theatres.

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