Movie Title: The Conjuring
Date Released: July 19th, 2013
Date Seen: July 21st, 2013
Seen with: Michael, Marcela
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
The story of a house haunted by an evil spirit and the family that it latches onto. We meet a demon hunting couple, Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson) with some issues of their own, caused by years of demon hunting.
The movie is sort of half ghost movie and half demonic possession, because the first half of the movie deals with just the strange things happening around the house, banging noises, grabbing feet, and it starts to escalate and get worse. The family brings in the Warrens and we start to discover all that is actually going on. The Warrens are interesting because they deal with all types of demonic/paranormal activity. They show you a couple of interesting possession cases, one dealing with a super creepy doll, and another dealing with a possessed man. They also show you a family who thinks they have a ghost, but it’s really just noise caused by water running through the pipes and banging on the wall.
There are some plot holes/annoyances. They’re more annoyances, just because the characters make stupid decisions that aren’t explained or are purely to develop the plot further. One in particular involves around when the family is at a hotel. You’ll know when you get there. The movie also kind of starts getting you into the Warren’s story and the effect their work has on themselves and the family – but it never develops it enough. I wanted a lot more of their story than I did the actual family that was having the problems.
The movie relies on a lot of tension building moments. There are many times when you expect a jump scare, but there isn’t one. Other times, you’re not expecting a jump scare and there is one. The movie is a perfect example of well placed silence however. You know whenever it gets quiet that usually means something is going to happen. But no, this movie uses it to really show what the children and the family are experiencing and how absolutely terrifying it is. We had my exchange student, Marcela, with us, and at one point the theater is totally silent as one of the little girls starts to look around her bed – and my exchange student starting whimpering and going “oh! oh! no!” thinking something was going to happen. It was pretty great.
Overall the movie is pretty decent. I prefer Sinister if I want a good demon movie, but this one was still pretty decent.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review
One of the things that annoyed me, I sort of mentioned above. They decide that the demon is possessing the mothers and killing the children. Also, they have decided that wherever they go, the demon is with them. So the family leaves the house, goes to a motel for the night – and then the cop and the dad leave to go buy groceries. I.E. they leave the going-to-be-possessed mother with the children – that she is likely to kill. That’s a smart decision. Not.
We also never really find out about Lorraine’s issues. We know she has them, and that seeing things takes a toll on her, but we don’t find out much more than that. We also see some stuff start to happen with her family, like the demon getting into the Warren’s house and messing with the Warren’s daughter. However, we never see how the daughter dealt with that incident afterwards, if the demon was now with the daughter or something, etc.
I just wanted MORE plot than we got – it was good, much better than most ghost movies or demonic possession movies. Hence the higher than normal rating considering I don’t typically like them.
Good paranormal/demonic possession movie with lots of tension build up, a few jump scares, and good characters. Minor plot holes/annoyances.