James Wan’s Latest horror addition, The Conjuring has been a success and claimed to be one this years favourite horror films. Finally after several horror films in the current market, Wan gives us something different and lets just say a memorable film.
The Conjuring follows the story of a simple family whom move to an empty, auctioned house. Whilst settling in, they soon discover a creepy, hidden basement and experience strange paranormal activities within the house. Strange events encounter with the Perron family, where they can’t take it anymore. Carolyn Perron (Lili Taylor), the mother, decides to seek for help. She comes across paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) whom investigate in their household. Past stories and historic evidence unveils, where the hidden secrets buried within the house are dug up and physically removed.
James Wan truly takes us on an unforgettable journey. With several jumps here and there, the story keeps us engaged. The pacing is just right, where we are constantly left on the edge, wanting to know more. We’re given a tale, a serious case which dwells in the past and reveals abrupt facts. The cinematography and graphics are gratifying and realistically portray a paranormal ambience.
The cast was remarkably perfect. Lili Taylor, Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are truly the stars of the Film. Patrick and Vera had the perfect chemistry intertwined with their intelligence as paranormal investigations. Their accuracy and validity with the case is profoundly mesmorising. They handle this situation so professionally, but also give us sparks of clever techniques and discoveries that are surprising.
With such realistic performances by each of the cast, the story is brought to life, giving us the perfect chills. The group of are sisters are perfect for the roles. Each sister faces their own
experiences and brings a creepy twist to the story. In particular, Christine (Joey King) shined throughout the film. Likewise, Lil Taylor as Carolyn brilliantly portrayed her fear, but also the scene where she was possessed was not only vividly acted out but visually pleasing.
In terms of the horror factor, we were surely given some frightening reactions and gawking moments. The strange paranormal activities drove the film forward, where the story gradually unraveled. Mystery, suspense and creepiness were all crucially implemented within the film. One of my favourite shots was when Carolyn lit a match and just as it burned out, a creepy clap was abruptly maneuvered. Indeed, the clapping game was a real highlight of the film.
A truly compelling tale and one of my favourite horrors. A must watch.
My Rating: 9/10
Written by: Meera Darji