Loosely based on real events, The Conjuring offers up old school scares with some unique camera tricks and pun intended, a haunting soundtrack. The first twenty minutes or so of the movie offer up a kind of story within the story, giving the audience a condensed introduction to the Warrens, who are a refreshingly down to earth paranormal investigator couple who accept and readily deal with paranormal goings on, but without the glamorizing of the last decade or so. Part of that characterization, no doubt, is due to the fact that the movie takes place in 1971.
The Warrens share the movie with the Perrons, a large family with five daughters who’ve moved into a secluded house in Rhode Island which turns out to be haunted. At first the haunting seem a bit disjointed, though we do through all the greatest hits of any ghost film (invisible pulling, ominous whispers, objects being knocked about), everything comes together midway through the film with a unique twist.
Director James Wan (Saw, Insidious, Dead Silence) knows what he’s doing when it comes to suspense. The movie is full of wonderfully tense scenes and the scares never feel cheap. It should also be noted that although The Conjuring received an R rating for being “too scary”, it’s easily acceptable for the PG-13 crowd. Highly recommend seeing this one. Watch it in the dark for the full effect.