Movie review: The Conjuring (2013)


I have to admit that I don’t usually watch supernatural horror films because I’m scared. I can be easily freaked out with jump-scare moments or terrifying ugly ghost appearance usual in horror films that usually couldn’t get off my mind easily. But why do I decide to watch ‘The Conjuring’? First, it is because that everyone else is saying all the good things about this film. The film is receiving overwhelming positive feedbacks worldwide. Secondly, it’s because the film is directed by James Wan, a Malaysian. I have to support a work by a talented man who was born in the same country as mine.

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The film, centred on two paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, came to the assistance of the Perron family who are experiencing increasingly disturbing events in their farmhouse in Rhode Island in 1971 once they moved in to the new home. It is based on a true story. What! ‘Based on a true story’? You may not believe it, but I already felt the creepiness in the air. I have just finished watching it. Not only horrifying but also exciting at the same time. Can I sleep tonight? Ohh, come on. Don’t be silly. Let’s move on then.

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I have to say ‘The Conjuring’ is an extremely well-crafted horror film. It has a very solid and suspense-building story. No shallow plot here. It started out with Annabelle doll story that doesn’t quite link to the main story but certainly provides a great precedent to what’s following. Then, we were introduced to a family moving into a new house. It first started with a bit of curiosity and ‘hints’ of what’s next, then a bit of creepy here or there before finally reaching the climax when everything unfolds and goes intense just like a ride you would never expect from a horror film.

It certainly has some smartly-delivered and terribly-effective old-school scares. We may have seen a lot of previous horror films with scenes like door moved on its own, lights off in sudden, disturbing sound heard, looking to the back, etc but for this movie, it’s brilliantly presented that created awesome suspense and raise up the intensity as the story uncovers further. Excellent. The casts also contributed solid performance that made the movie so good and ‘real’ as though we are in the situation itself. Thumbs up to the effectiveness of mood and sound effects for shocks that never feel cheap from this movie.

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A horror film would not be successful if it’s easily forgotten. It means there is no unforgettable scary or creepy parts that are worth to be kept in your mind for a time. This is not the case for ‘The Conjuring’. If you had watched it, I’m sure even after some time, you would still remember things like ‘Annabelle’ doll, music box, 3.07am, wardrobe, hide and clap. Generally, it’s a strong, sensational, thrilling, and horrifying movie not to be missed particularly for horror movie fans. I even watched this even when supernatural horror category is never my type. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Conjuring’ a total of 8.0. An impressive score, the highest ever I have given to a horror film ever since I began writing movie reviews several years ago.

(All images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web).

 

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