Thirty-one days of Horror.
For the whole month of October I’ll be watching and reviewing one horror film each day!
The story of real life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, The Conjuring is a fantastic slice of genuinely scary horror drama. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga lead the cast as the Warrens, tasked with saving a young family from whatever evil presence inhabits their new home.
What’s really interesting, is that it’s based on a true story. The family themselves are even interviewed in the blu ray special features. Whether or not you believe them of course is yours to decide.
James Wan launched a whole universe of horror with The Conjuring. I don’t think anybody really expected this to have expanded to five movies by now, but the premise lends itself to it. Ed and Lorraine had a lot of different cases and have a room full of creepy artifacts, each one for a different ghost, including the doll Annabell, which of course was spun off into its own movie series after debuting here as a sub plot.
The Conjuring is also notable for being the third huge horror franchise launched by James Wan following Saw and Insidious. I’m still a little sad that Dead Silence didn’t do well, personally I think that had huge potential too.
The Warrens themselves were originally most famous for being the folks who investigated the Amityville haunting, which is featured during the sequel.
I really enjoyed The Conjuring, it’s the right blend of haunted house and tense drama. The characters, especially Ed and Lorraine all feel real and likeable which makes what happens to them all the more harrowing. I think the characters are probably why these films resonated so well with audiences and critics alike, creating both horror heroes and iconic Villains!
For Fans Of:
The Amityville Horror
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