In 1970, paranormal investigators and demonologists Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) Warren are summoned to the home of Carolyn (Lili Taylor) and Roger (Ron Livingston) Perron. The Perrons and their five daughters have recently moved into a secluded farmhouse, where a supernatural presence has made itself known. Though the manifestations are relatively benign at first, events soon escalate in horrifying fashion, especially after the Warrens discover the house's macabre history.
Release Date: July 19, 2013
Director: James Wan
Cast: Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson(less)
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In terms of content, this movie is PG-13. I honestly think it's rated R because of the intensity. Although it's jumpy and scary, it resolves very well at the end. I'm not expecting any nightmares to come from this :)
It takes a while to build, but does not seem to lag or become boring. I'd consider this a really well done suspense/thriller movie.
If you need an excuse to wrap your arm around a date, I'd consider this a good option.August 7th, 2013 · Details2 Thanks ·
A good redbox movie. I found the first half was really creepy and good scares throughout. Then.. It got stupid. About half way through when we start really find out what's going on it takes a turn for the worst. But then again I'm not a big exorcist fan. Call me weird but I don't like the devil/demons. Sorry?1 Thank ·
The Conjuring exceeded my expectations, and did so on a number of important levels. For one, it is genuinely creepy, especially the first 30 minutes, and it manages to regain its atmosphere before the climax without losing much momentum. While it does tread on some pretty trite ground, especially with the hyper manipulative use of children throughout, it has enough fresh touches and a genuinely "old fashioned" feel to it to more than make up for the cliches. Also, focusing on a family that is caring and doing their best without making obviously stupid choices helps quite a bit. I was impressed by the utter lack of gore, sex and profanity as well. The practical effects were done exceptionally well and the use of digital effects was not noticeable for the most part (at least the computer work did not stick out like a sore thumb). All of this gave it a feeling of reality that added to the overall effectiveness of the story. And the movie ended like a real movie for a change. While I could have done without the faux "true story" bit (the "true" story behind it isn't exactly factual), I enjoyed the experience overall and found the acting, directing, editing, photography and writing to be much better than average for the genre. It was very intense at times (thus the appropriate R rating), but the content itself wasn't tacky or gratuitous. Definitely not a movie for kids, but a good, scary haunted house movie for discerning adults.October 13th, 2014 · Details
In its favor, The Conjuring is genuinely creepy. Although it loses some steam in the finale, most everything leading up to the end is laced with mood, goosebumps, and spine-tingling fun (Fun, that is, if you like this sort of thing)... <a href="https://www.clearplay.com/MovieDash.aspx?id=4547" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>February 26th, 2014 · Details
Excellently done horror movie! It is rated "R" because of the intensity of the horror. From what I remember, it was very, very clean - in relation to other movies in this genre - no sex/nudity, barely (if any at all) any foul language. I recommend it for people who love a good scare.
One warning I will give, however, is the movie is very dark and I felt it was pretty demonic. If you don't like those in your horror, don't watch. Don't watch alone and keep the lights on. Have a light, happy movie ready for afterwards, you might need it.February 6th, 2014 · Details
The giggles you hear during The Conjuring are the sounds of people who are delighted to be scared. Unlike the should-I-really-be-enjoying-this queasiness of, say, the first Saw movie or the yet-another-found-footage shocks of Paranormal Activity and its tiring ilk, The Conjuring is pure fun because it relies on our imaginations and on our sympathy for its characters more than it does sawed-off limbs or loud, sudden noises and visual effects.
It‚Äôs a ghost story about a family that moves into a nightmarish house and the husband-and-wife demonology/clairvoyance team that tries to help them get over a severe case of buyer‚Äôs remorse brought upon by apparitions, murdered pets and a whole lot of things that go bump in the night (And when I say ‚Äúbump in the night‚Äù, I mean BUMP IN THE NIGHT). Any number of those things are apt to startle you, and because you‚Äôre surprised by how easily the movie works its way into your head, make you giggle with relief. That‚Äôs one thing that really works for it. It is well-written and make us actually CARE about the characters, and flashes back to why they are in their positions, giving them motives ans believable insight essential to any movie, horror or not. It forces us to become involved in the characters psychologically, and that is when a film can truly have power over us. The fact that it‚Äôs a true story makes it all the more chilling.
The cast is particularly great. Carolyn and Roger Perron (Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston) and their five girls are a kind, hard-working family that does not deserve to have phantasms puking down their throats. Spiritualists Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and the unbelievably fantastic Vera Farmiga) are calm, logical experts in the supernatural. We believe in what they‚Äôre doing, and the Perrons believe in it, because they don‚Äôt oversell it with dopey mumbo jumbo. The Warrens are people of faith and of science; they are dedicated to helping good people overcome God‚Äôs enemies. Ed and Lorraine‚Äôs most famous case was that of the The Amityville Horror (which is referenced in the latter part of the film). Lorraine Warren still does investigations today, and can be seen in such TV shows as Ghost Adventures. She also provides a cameo appearance in the film if you look closely.
The other thing about those good actors? Their believable fear becomes ours. It starts with the children, a quintet of child actresses who are, as kids would be, intrigued by the mysteries of their new house but who quickly understand that the monsters under their beds are legitimately monsters under their beds. Parents‚Äô inability to protect their children from everything adds to our identification with the families, especially since Farmiga emphasizes the maternal nature of Lorraine‚Äôs ghost-busting (she hates the spirits, but she has compassion for their pain) and because Taylor is such a natural, warm mom. They are scared, and frankly, who isn‚Äôt scared by the things out there that would do harm to children? Especially when they lurk in the shadows.
Director James Wan keeps tight control on the frightening stuff, which mostly amounts to people or things in places where no person or thing is supposed to be. It‚Äôs a movie of creaking floorboards and dark corners and, as such, is best enjoyed in a dark theater full of screaming ‚Äî and giggling ‚Äî strangers. Perhaps the thing I admired most about The Conjuring is its ability to get into our heads and shock us without lavish visual effects or blood and guts. The psychological grip it had on me made me reminisce to such films as Silence of the Lambs and The Exorcist. That is not to say it is on the same level of those films, but through time will earn it‚Äôs place as one of the greatest in the horror genre.
I also unexpectedly took away a message of hope and albeit peace in the end. The struggle between good and evil and the innocent being preyed upon has always existed throughout history and will never cease. Walking away, while disturbed, I felt lucky to have the knowledge of which side I choose to be on. Truly a must-see! I found it to be practically flawless. Not for the faint of heart by any means, but such a well-acted, well-written, and well-directed work of art. Chills and heebie jeebies abound‚Ä¶BRING IT ON!September 3rd, 2013 · Details
I really enjoyed this movie. I enjoyed the intense thriller aspect and not the overkill of gore that is so common in this genre. Knowing that it was based on real events made it even creapier...and better.August 23rd, 2013 · Details
I'm not a big fan of horror movies, but I actually quite liked this one. It's scary without being gory. I was surprised by R rating as it didn't seem as inappropriate as some of the PG-13 movies I have seen.August 16th, 2013 · Details
One of the best movies of its kind in many years... <a href="http://www.michaelmedved.com/movie-review/the-conjuring-2/" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>August 6th, 2013 · Details
What's most impressive about "The Conjuring" is really just how solid it is. From beginning to end, it holds up remarkably well without the gaping plot holes or ridiculous character decisions that plague the genre these days. Even if what "The Conjuring" does has mostly been done before in movies like "Poltergeist," "The Amityville Horror," "The Exorcist," etc., it pulls it off, making this one of the first horror movies in a long time that might actually be worth paying to see with an audience. Barring that, it'll make for a good night at home with friends be they horror dabblers or hardcore aficionados.
Content-wise, "The Conjuring" is surprisingly tame (especially considering it's directed by the guy behind the first "Saw"). It gets its R mostly from good old-fashioned scariness, although there is some blood and rather intense imagery towards the end.August 4th, 2013 · Details
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This was a great scary movie, it had my wife and I frozen with fear throughout and the fact it is based on a true story had us jumping in the house the next few days! I would definitely recommend this movie.
One of the scarier haunted house/demon possession movies in recent years, it brings to mind '70s supernatural horror films such as The Exorcist with its stillness, steady build of suspense and handsome cinematography... <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2013/07/18/the-conjuring-review/2438447/" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>
The film contains a skewed view of Catholic faith practices, intense action sequences, mild gore, fleeting profanity, and intense but nonviolent scenes involving children... <a href="http://www.catholicnews.com/data/movies/13mv075.htm" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>
The R rating is a bit confusing, since the violence is evident but subdued, the language is relatively tame and there‚Äôs no sexual anything. Could the ratings board have given it an R simply because it‚Äôs just too scary? That works great for the marketing people, but seems a bit extreme if the filmmakers were hoping for a wider audience... <a href="http://go.standard.net/movies/reviews/the-conjuring-one-very-scary-and-very-entertaining-horror-film" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>July 25th, 2013 · Details