Friday, August 02, 2013

Supernatural Friday: Review of The Conjuring

Ed Warren: We've been called ghost hunters. Paranormal researchers. Wackos.
Lorraine Warren: But we prefer to be known simply as Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Clapping Spirit: Want to play a game of hide and clap? 

I had a free movie coming from Regal Cinemas, and after hearing many saying "The Conjuring" was a great, spooky film, I decided to use the ticket for it. I was not disappointed.

Based off a real story and set in 1971, Carolyn and Roger Parren move their family into a dilapidated Rhode Island farm house. Not long after, strange things began to happen starting small and quickly escalating to pure nightmarish terror. In desperation, Carolyn contacts a noted paranormal married experts, Ed and Lorraine Warren, to examine the house. What the Warrens discover is a whole area steeped in a satanic haunting that is now targeting the Parren family wherever they go. To stop this evil, the Warrens will have to call upon all their skills and spiritual strength to defeat this spectral menace at its source that threatens to destroy everyone involved, including the Warrens themselves. 

Kinda close to home for me, actor Patrick Wilson was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He played Ed Warren. Like The Haunted Collector he kept objects connected with hauntings, or more likely demon haunted places/exorcisms. Unlike the collector he does not call it a museum, but a place to be kept locked and kept an eye on so those that were affected by the objects would not be harmed again. 

Unlike many movies based on true demonic haunted stories, this was one I could believed happen. It had atmosphere and all the appropriate trapping of a horror flick, and yet, was like you actually were there. The investigators used the right equipment for the day and time. 

Need a good scary film you haven't been getting these days? Something with a good story and actors doing their parts right? "The Conjuring" is that summer gem among all the blockbusters.  And the audiences are seeing it, passing up the blockbusters. I know that when this comes out on Blu Ray/DVD, it is already an automatic buy for me. I only hope it will be close to Halloween, as this will be worth viewing on Halloween night.

I give "The Conjuring" five scary ghosts!

Trivia: Second time where the film's composer, Joseph Bishara plays the main ghost in a James Wan film. He previously played the Lipstick-Faced Demon in Insidious.

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