I recently saw The Conjuring, a new thriller/horror movie about a family which moves into a haunted farmhouse, and . . . well you can probably guess what happens next. It’s based on the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators around 40 years ago, who were also involved in the well-known Amityville haunting.
But this is NOT a cheap horror movie. Yes, it has the terrifying moments that make you jump. Yes, the house has dark corners, rough edges and a long-forgotten (pitch black) basement. Yes, it has the creepy music . . . and a very creepy doll.
But it also has a multi-dimensional storyline and good characterisation, largely due to the presence of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), who move in with their team to help the poor Perron family defeat the malevolent presence in their house.
And it has some great roles for women.
I attended a preview screening of The Conjuring on behalf of Festivale online magazine and my full review of the movie is here. Bottom line — it scared me half to death and I wasn’t sure I would get any sleep that night, but I LOVED it.
It reminded me a lot of Poltergeist, which is pretty much the only horror movie of this ilk I’ve seen. (I don’t count Amityville Horror 3D!). Others have likened it to The Exorcist and the original Amityville Horror movie.
I definitely recommend The Conjuring if you’re a horror movie fan. But, be warned, I found it really scary!
What’s the scariest movie you’ve ever seen?