Attention Fans of Horror and Suspense! It's time to celebrate, we are free to be possessed or at least watch one! "The Conjuring" is an exciting new horror/suspense film released on 7/19/13 from Warner Bros Pictures and New Line Cinema. This chilling supernatural tale of Ed and Lorraine's Warren's battle to save the Perron family is supposedly derived from truth, but that obviously is up to you to decide as the viewer. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson star as Ed and Lorraine Warren, two paranormal investigators who use their gift of clairvoyance and knowledge of demonology to save a troubled family from peril.
This film definitely lives up to all the hype we experienced from the preceding months, in that it truly delivers an experience worthy of praise. Most of us
have seen true scares like "Amityville Horror" and "The Exorcist" by now and "The Conjuring" is another to title to place within those ranks. Demonic possession will always be one of those questionable events that people either believe or disregard without a second glance. However, what makes "The Conjuring" interesting is that they have Lorraine Warren's stamp of approval on the whole project! She was able to recount her experience and provide James Wan with vital insight to bring the Perron's story to film.
The movie begins showing the Perrons moving into an old home out in the country and doing their best to become comfortable within their new surroundings. The Perron household consists of Caroyln(Taylor) and Roger(Livingston) as the parents with their 5 daughters ranging in age from teenager to early adolescence. Everything is pretty much the norm, until the family begins to notice little strange occurrences such as putrid odors and eerie sounds that become all too frequent to be a coincidence. Spooked by the events unfolding in their home, Carolyn and Roger enlist the help of Ed and Lorraine to answer the un-explainable within their home.
"The Conjuring" is a movie that shocks and is bound to have a few startles for the screamers in your life. The film isn't too lengthy, as a lot of popular supernatural films can be, but it delivers an effective punch within it's one and a half plus hour presentation. The cast did an exceptional job of portraying some of the strain and distress the Perrons encountered during this horrifying time in their lives. "The Conjuring" also does well to make us question our own ability to handle a supernatural presence entering our daily plight. Lili Taylor's strong role as a mother in this movie easily makes the fictional character of Superwoman seem like a 16-yr old pimple-faced pizza delivery girl.
The children within the film also provided insight into the family's bond, as the world seemed to stop for the Perrons when any one of their girls screamed in fear. Most people with children know that the piercing screams of a child can only be silenced with a mother's embrace or the comfort of their father's voice. This very fact makes the story within "The Conjuring" that much more relatable, as it's the family's tenacity that enables them to endure the punishment of paranormal activity. There are a few more actors within the film that provide backbone to the chilling tale, but one that is most often overlooked is the home. The house is freaking creepy..lol Well, leave it at that.
Recommendations for the film, of course, "The Conjuring" is a must-see! Definitely worth the $5-$10 that you pay to see it in theaters, unless you have some epic home entertainment center and can wait a few months to have a good scare. Films like this just make you realize that there is so much more to be learned outside of our boxes of comfort. Topics like supernatural events and demonic possession are two subjects we often hear of, but know very little about. So questions like "Can this really happen" or "Is this story true" become the norm for the Paranormal viewer.
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