I got a chance to check out James Wan’s latest horror flick, “The Conjuring”, this weekend, and if you’re a fan of horror movies, definitely check this one out.
For those that aren’t aware, James Wan is the director, and co-creator, of the SAW movies. He only directed the original SAW flick, but was still on hand as a producer all the way through the end. He also directed flicks like “Dead Silence”, “Death Sentence”, and “Insidious”. You’ll be able to catch his future work in “Fast and Furious 7” and “Insidious 2”, but “The Conjuring” is his latest work and there’s no doubt about it, this guy is not just a one trick pony.
“SAW” introduced us to over-the-top, bloody, torture movies that would take over the theaters for years to come, but I don’t think James Wan really found his calling until “Insidious”. If you haven’t seen “Insidious” I highly suggest you do. It’s one of the creepiest horror movies I’ve seen in years and there’s barely a drop of blood in it, which is also the case in “The Conjuring”. But enough about all of the other movies Wan has made, let’s talk about “The Conjuring”.
The movie follows Ed and Lorraine Warren, a husband and wife team that investigates the paranormal. The movie starts off with them investigating one of their most famous cases, the case of the Annabelle doll. This creepy doll has been terrorizing the people that recently moved into an apartment. This isn’t the main haunting that the story follows, but it’s a great intro into the world of the Warrens. This first scene alone sets the tone for the rest of the movie. There’s not going to be a lot of blood and gore, but it’s going to be creepy as hell… and it doesn’t disappoint.
The main storyline follows the Perron family, who are being terrorized by spirits contained within the old farmhouse they just moved in to. Enlisting the help of the Warrens, they fight to maintain their sanity and cast out whatever evil spirit has decided to take up residence in their home.
This movie is creepy. I don’t really get scared during horror movies these days, but there were definitely a few moments where I was a bit startled. Wan goes out of his way to try and avoid the typical jump-scares and uses the atmosphere to create a certain uneasiness within you. There are parts of the movie when you think something is going to happen, based on what you know from horror movies, and then nothing happens, but you still have that feeling of dread knowing that something is just around the corner. Wan did the same thing with “Insidious” as well as “Dead Silence” and while it may not have worked as well in “Dead Silence”, he’s definitely figured out what he’s doing in “The Conjuring”. This is just a good old fashion ghost story told in the best way possible. I’d put this right up there with “The Innkeepers” as one of my favorite ghost story flicks in the past 5 or so years. I’d actually say, to use more recent flicks, it was a mix between “The Innkeepers” and “The Last Exorcism”. It just had that same type of feel to it, and I enjoyed both of those movies immensely.
So if you’re looking for a creepy, not-so-bloody, scary movie to see in the theaters, I highly suggest checking this one out. Even if you don’t get scared easily, or don’t think scary movies are scary, just give it a chance. You may not be scared, but a I promise there will be at least a few moments where the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.