The Conjuring - Review
The Conjuring – July 19, 2013 (7.5/10)
The trailer for The Conjuring is much scarier than the movie turned out to be. But this is still a solid horror film from director James Wan (Saw, Insidious). I don’t know how much of this “true story” is actually true, but this felt like a combination of some other horror movies.
There’s been a cultural shift in horror films over the past decade. In the 80s, 90s and early 2000s, it was all about psycho murderers (Friday The 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Halloween, Scream). Now the biggest craze is ghosts. Why waste time designing an original horror icon when the wind is just as scary? This new horror is tapping into people’s real fears about demons and evil spirits.
The Conjuring features some horror elements that we’ve seen before: Family moves into haunted house, paranormal researchers start investigating, demons get upset and finally someone needs an exorcism. But it’s the way these things are executed that makes this movie stand out from the rest.
One of James Wan’s signature directing techniques is to use silence as a way to build tension. This creates a fear of expecting that silence to be filled with something terrifying at any moment. That’s what made Insidious so good because you felt nervous from start to finish.
Overall, The Conjuring is a solid horror movie even though the story can be predictable at times. There really isn’t anything new in this, but the way it’s directed makes all the difference. It’s up to you whether or not you see it in theaters, but I definitely think this is worth your time.