The Conjuring (2013)

Originally released on July 19th, 2013 (United States)

Plot Synopsis

Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson) and his wife Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) are called in to deal with strange happenings with the Perron family. Roger Perron (Ron Livingston) and Carolyn Perron (Lili Taylor) moved to a farmhouse where their family begins being played with by malevolent spirits. They decided to call the Warrens after hearing about their dealing with the cursed doll Annabelle. The Warrens are able to help the family, but their story isn’t over as they return home and place a box from the family in their room of artifacts from all of their cases. The movie ends with the box inexplicably opening and playing music.

Review

I find this movie scarier than Annabelle (2014)–mostly because the story of the Warrens in real life is such an interesting one. The story of the Warrens is at the core of the rest of these movies, all of them being part of what has come to be known as the Conjuring Universe–movies following different individual paths but that are all woven together. I also find this movie to be enjoyable because of it’s suspense and pacing, once again focusing on a spirit that is wreaking havoc on a family. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga play their roles well, stepping into rather large footsteps when portraying such famous names in the world of ghosts, demons and the supernatural. Annabelle (2014) came out after this one, so it is safe to say that this movie laid the foundation for the movies that followed.

It is no wonder why this universe encompasses some of my favorite horror movies. Have you guys seen this one? If you have, what did you think of it, and if you haven’t, what has kept you from doing so?

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