I am so excited about seeing James Wan’s The Conjuring, and ever since it was rated R in the US simply for being “too scary”, I have been desperate to find out if the film lives up to its reputation. The film is an old school style chiller which harks back to the days of The Exorcist and the original Amityville Horror, and some are saying that it is up there with the likes on The Exorcist in terms of its brilliance.
Reviews have started hitting the Internet from the premiere which took place at the L.A Film Festival on Friday, and we have a few snippets here for you. It seems that everyone is agreed that The Conjuring is indeed one of the scariest films to have come along in years, and all are saying that this is Wan’s best film to date.
Tim Grierson, Screen Daily:
“With its clear echoes of “The Exorcist,” “The Conjuring” aims to be a classier, more reserved breed of fright film, showing almost no blood and resorting to few overtly gotcha scares… With that said, however, such quibbles may seem very minor after experiencing The Conjuring’s third act, which is incredibly intense. Wan’s finale may recall dozens of previous horror movies’, but the skill of his staging and the commitment of the performances are such that the film very confidently puts you through one hell of a wringer”
Justin Chang, Variety:
“A sensationally entertaining old-school freakout and one of the smartest, most viscerally effective thrillers in recent memory… James Wan’s sixth and best feature is pull-out-the-stops horror filmmaking of a very sophisticated order, treating the story’s spiritual overtones with the utmost sincerity even as it playfully mines all manner of apparent cliches — creaky doors, cobwebbed cellars, toys you’d have to be just plain stupid to play with — for every last shiver of pleasure. What’s a moviegoer to do but join with the demons and applaud?”
Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter:
“Wan says he set out to make a “classic studio horror film,” and at that he’s more than succeeded. With its minimal use of digital effects, its strong, sympathetic performances and ace design work, the pic harks back in themes and methods to The Exorcist and The Amityville Horror, not quite attaining the poignancy and depth of the former but far exceeding the latter in sheer cinematic beauty”
Directed by James Wan, Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes wrote the screenplay. The Conjuring stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Mackenzie Foy, Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston.
The film centres on a a husband and wife team (Wilson, Farmiga) of demonologists and psychic investigators who enter the most horrifying case of their career, spirits in a Rhode Island farmhouse. Livingston and Taylor will play a couple who move with their kids to the farmhouse and begin to be haunted.”
“The Warrens founded the New England Society for Psychic Research in 1952 and later opened the Occult Museum. They are the authors of numerous books about the paranormal and their own private investigations into various hauntings. They claimed to have investigated over 10,000 hauntings during their career, and the Warrens were among the very first investigators in the controversial Amityville haunting.
The Warrens were responsible for training several paranormal investigating demonologists including Dave Considine, the late Lou Gentile, and their nephew John Zaffis.
“This one plays scarier because it’s more grounded,” said Wan, while comparing The Conjuring to Insidious. “I tried to ground it as much as possible because the realism makes it creepier.”
The Conjuring arrives in UK cinemas August 2nd.
Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story, “The Conjuring” tells the horrifying tale of how world-renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.