The Conjuring is the latest horror film from Saw and Insidious director James Wan. This time he brings us the true tale of a family’s new home and the demons it contains. If the plot sounds a little cliche, Wan actually provides us with a fresh approach to the material. Upon viewing the trailer for this film, I expected an Amityville Horror, mediocre haunted house yarn. Fortunately, it exceeded my expectations and even creeped me out a little. I’m not a huge horror fan. I love the original Halloween and I enjoy the cheesiness/fun of the original Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th: Part IV but am picky about most modern horror films. So it’s quite a delight when one surprises me and has me leaving the theater feeling entertained.
The trailer I saw consisted mainly of Lily Taylor’s character and her daughters in their new home. I had no idea that Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga or Ron Livingston were in this movie. That was a nice surprise. Wilson and Farmiga play Ed and Lorraine Warren who are paranormal investigators brought in to the new home of the Perron family (Lily Taylor, Ron Livingston and their five daughters) after they see and experience strange occurrences. The Warren’s cases are usually explained logically but as soon as they enter the Perron home, they sense there is something strange at bay. Each night a new sound will be heard, a shadow will be seen, and gradually the occurrences get bigger and bigger and scarier and scarier.
Wan’s direction is top-notch in this film. He had me on the edge of my seat through out most of the movie. His use of sound and cinematography were effectively creepy. His flashy style from Saw is not so on display here and that’s a good thing. The acting is excellent from all of our leads, especially Lily Taylor, whose character has the toughest time dealing with the house and it’s other-worldly occupants. Even the five daughters all do a great job. Some are given more to do than others but they were all cast well and have a lot of talent. The only real downside to the movie is it’s slow pace. I don’t mind slow moving films but this one felt a little longer than it’s 111 minute run time.
James Wan is proving he really knows how to direct a horror film. The original Saw is easily the best of it’s franchise, and I really enjoyed Insidious when I saw it. I’ll be very curious to see what he brings to his next project: The Fast and the Furious 7.
Overall, if you wanna feel a little creeped out or you enjoy the horror genre, definitely go see The Conjuring. I give it an A-.