The Conjuring ****

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<Run Time: 112mins Cert: 15

Synopsis: Roger and Carolyn Perron (Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor), along with their five daughters, move to a secluded farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island. Soon, a dark presence starts to terrorise the family. They seek help from world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga). Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives.

 

Based on true events, James Wan’s 2013 horror movie tells the story of a family that finds their house tormented by evil spirits.

 

The sound is excellent, particularly the creaking and banging sounds made by the spirits at regular intervals throughout the film. Combined with the use of a handheld camera that follows the characters through the house, this creates a scary atmosphere that will have the audience holding onto their seats.

 

“The Conjuring” has well developed characters and relationships between the Warren and Perron families feature heavily throughout the movie. This adds a level of depth that is rarely seen in horror films.

 

In terms of acting, Lili Taylor stands out in her role as a mother possessed by demons Wilson and Farmiga also give great performances as the couple who arrive to investigate while Joey King is enjoyable to watch as Christine, the child who is most affected by the spirits’ presence.

 

With its old school scary movie theme, real life basis and top class cinematography, “The Conjuring” is a must see for any horror fan.

 

Reviewed by Lesley Logan

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