The film is a real life case story based on the horror experiences of the seven-member Perron family comprising Roger and Carolyn Perron and their five daughters - Andrea, Cindy, Nancy, Christine and April - who along with their dog Saddie moved into their country house in Harrisville, Rhode Island in the winter of 1971.
They witness strange things in the house and initially pass it off as hallucination. But then things spin beyond their control with mysterious goings-on. After being spooked with uncanny activities in the house, Carolyn Perron invites the Warrens, Ed and Lorraine, well-known paranormal investigators and demonologists, to get rid of their troubles. The duo, despite their own personal problems, brace themselves to help the Perrons. Continue to read The Conjuring movie review in the slideshow.
It is the ladies, Lili Taylor as Carolyn Perron and Vera Farmiga
as Lorrain Warren who steal the show. They demonstrate their pain
along with their determination as well as helplessness with simple,
yet effective, display of emotions.
Ron Livingston as Roger is bland and dead-pan. The only time he
seems to be convincing is when he seems lost and helpless in the
scenes his wife gets possessed. Patrick as Ed Warren is humdrum
though he has scope to perform. The young girls are adorable and
have nothing much to offer in this horror drama.
James Wan's Direction
Scripted by the twin Hayes brothers, Chad and Carey, the film
has a look and feel that is so reminiscent of the family horror
films of the 1970s. What sets the low-budget film apart is director
James Wan's touch. It is easily his most refined film till date.
His previous movies like Saw, Dead Silence and Death Sentence were
out-an-out gory films. But this one is just rightly
Characterisation In The Conjuring
He has invested the right amount of effort in building the
characters and tautness in the film. He has ensured that there is
no rhythm with the shock scenes and this unpredictability is what
really spooks you out of your wits. There are times when he has
inserted a few silly jump-scare edits, but on the whole there are
several crucial moments that are stellar.
Production Values In The Conjuring
The setting of the house on the bank of a lake with a pier
jutting into the water and the huge tree in the foreground adds to
the mysterious elements. The camera angles and placement too has
contributed a lot to make it a visually smooth film. The frames are
unique and the unusual device movement has helped in capturing some
really jaw dropping moments.
The Conjuring - Verdict
The Conjuring is a finely crafted film that will spook
the faint hearted and would amuse the brave-hearts. Go watch
The Conjuring Cast & Crew
Producer: Tony DeRosa-Grund, Peter Safran, Rob
Director: James Wan
Cast: Ron Livingstone, Lili Taylor, Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Joey King, Linda Blair, Mackenzie Foy
Music: Joseph Bishara, Mark Crozer
Cinematography: John R Leonetti