The Conjuring title

Tag line : Based on the true case file of the Warrens

The ConjuringSet in the 1970s, this supposedly true story takes place in Rhode Island, where Roger and Carolyn Perron (Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor) have just moved their family into a new home. The building, an old farmhouse, needs a bit of work doing to bring it up to scratch, but they aren't too worried about that.

But, no sooner do they move in, they discover that there's something creepy going on. The dog refuses to come inside the house. The sound of children giggling can be heard in certain rooms, despite the fact their children aren't in them. All the clocks keep stopping around 3am, someone keeps knocking all the family portraits off the wall and it seems there's something nasty down in the cellar...

With the strange goings on in the house getting progressively worse, including the daughters thinking they saw a demon, they ask for the assistance of a couple of paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). They discover the farmhouse has a very bad history of murders and suicides, which they believe has something to do with the land once belonging to an accused witch from the 1800s, who supposedly cursed the land the farm was subsequently built on.

It seems the only way to get rid of the evil spirits from the house is to perform an Exorcism. But, that's not going to be an easy task as they need the permission of the church to do so. But with things getting out of hand back at the Perron homestead, can they afford to wait?

A fairly entertaining ghostly chiller. Though, like many other films of this era, relies heavily on sudden loud sound effects and musical cues to make you jump. Whilst I enjoyed the film, it's also true to say there's nothing in here that hasn't been done many times before. Indeed, the film borrows very heavily from "The Amityville Horror" and there's even a line about the Warren's going to take a look at another haunting in Long Island, which is a clear reference to that film. There's also bits borrowed from "The Exorcist", so you get the idea of what to expect.

Definitely worth a watch, it's also kind of fun seeing Vera Farmiga, who went on to play Norma in the "Bates Motel" TV series in this, but again, don't expect anything new.

Overall Marks : 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Ed and Lorraine Warren were renowned paranormal investigators in the US and the film was based on one of their investigations. They also investigated the events at the Lutz house in Amityville, which became "The Amityville Horror" (1979).

  • The films budget was $20,000,000.

  • Director James Wan based the look of the film on horror films from the 1970s.

  • The real Lorraine Warren and Andrea Perron (who was one of the children portrayed in this) both served as consultants to director James Wan and the screenwriters. They both claim the movie is accurate to the real story of what happened to the Perrons during the 10 years they lived in the farm house.

  • The film makers were hoping for a PG-13 rating in the US, but the US ratings board insisted on an R-rating as they said it was too scary for younger people and that no amount of cuts would alter that. In the UK and in Ireland, both film censors granted it a 15 certificate.

  • The real Lorraine Warren has a minor role in the film as one of the audience members when Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga's characters are giving a talk.

  • When the film was shown in the Philippines, some cinemas had to hire catholic priests to bless the viewers before the screenings as some viewers described as feeling a 'negative presence' after viewing it (oh honestly)!!!

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