"Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on the true life story, The Conjuring tells the tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives."
Spooky, suspenseful, and possessed with the eerie sense of dread one can only experience during a lonely, nerve-shredding stroll through a deaf and dark basement, The Conjuring
haunts and horrifies with throwback scares and perfectly placed pauses. While certain scenes may have veteran horror buffs groaning louder than the Perron’s freaky farmhouse, as the predictable jump-scares roll out and the game of paranormal patty-cake is underway, director James Wan – most known for his work on such films as Saw and Insidious – has crafted a respectable homage to 70’s cinema.
No stranger to the horror genre, Wan enlivens The Conjuring with wave after wave of ever mounting anxiety, foregoing the in-your-face thrills of so much spilt blood, for a payoff that is far creepier than any masked madman. It may not pack in the flashy shock value and gut churning awe of Saw, but it will certainly scare the living daylights out of you.
A real world authenticity runs through each of the three extra features, as Interviews and impressions from the Perrons and the Warrens themselves, as well as the actors that portrayed them, paint the peculiar pictures of life at the farmhouse. Both the features Conjuring: Face-To-Face With Terror and A Life In Demonology deal with the odd and uncanny occurrences that each group faced, both with the Perron haunting as well as other cases experienced over the Warren’s careers, and the third feature explores briefly how director James Wan was able to scare the ‘@S*%’ out of audiences with mostly uncomfortable silences and seemingly simplistic devices. So if you’re looking for a fright that’s as smart as it is strong, and you’re prepared to go to sleep indefinitely with at least one light on, then The Conjuring is your paranormal portal to bump-in-the-night fun.
Studio: Warner Bros.
Running Time: 112 minutes
Number of Disks: 2
- Conjuring: Face-To-Face With Terror
- A Life In Demonology
- Scaring The ‘@$*%’ Out Of You
Central Cast: Vera Farmiga | Patrick Wilson | Lili Taylor | Ron Livingston | Shanley Caswell | Hayley McFarland | Joey King | Mackenzie Foy | Kyla Deaver
Director: James Wan
Central Writers: Chad Hayes | Carey Hayes
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: October 22, 2013