‘The Conjuring’ is a supernatural horror flick directed by James Wan of the ‘Saw’ series fame. It stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor. As most of the horror movies these days, this also proclaims to be based on true events which happened in Rhode Island in 1971. Will the flick be able to scare you? Let’s check it out.
The synopsis in a nutshell –
The Perrons (Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor) move into a family home in Rhode Island in 1971. It seems to be the idyllic getaway from the troubles of the world. They and their five daughters have a lot of fun in the first couple of days. But with time, some unnatural and unexplained events start to occur. Initially, they are few and far in between. But the intensity starts to increase after a while. A time comes when it becomes literally unbearable to stay in the house with these supernatural forces. And that’s when the Warren’s (Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson) are called in. They are paranormal investigators who help in getting the house rid of these unnatural forces. The rest of the flick deals with how they go about their task and the difficulties they face.
At the outset, the fact that Conjuring is based on true incidents leaves you asking for more. The story per say isn’t anything to talk about. But then the treatment is what matters. When the Warrens come to the house of the Perron’s, it’s not as if they just make everything right and go away. They actually start to analyze what happened before in that house and also the different stages of demonic activity – Infestation, Oppression and Possession. There are various moments in the flick when you will actually feel spooked out and have a chill run down your spine.
Wan also moves into the territory of failed exorcisms and how the Warrens tackle a situation which they have generally never faced in their professional careers. There are the usual mysterious things happening – doors closing and opening on their own, noises being heard, objects moving on their own and the likes. There is also the doll – Annabelle which is equally terrifying. But what complements this is the excellent background score by Joseph Bishara and the costumes by Kristin Burke. It actually feels like the 70s.
All in all, a pretty spooky horror flick after a long time. Go for it!
Rating – 3.5/5