The Conjuring (2013)

Based on the true story, The Conjuring follows paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson & Vera Farmiga), as they take on their most difficult and frightening cases. Carolyn and Roger Perron (Lili Taylor & Ron Livingston) had recently moved their family into a large house in the country, when suddenly, their children and house become the victims of a spirit/demon. The spirit/demon terrorizes the family, prompting Lili to get the aid of the Warrens. What happens next is one of the most interesting and frightening paranormal cases that I’ve ever seen.

To go into the plot of this movie too much would be to give it away. This film is incredibly frightening. As it should be, considering the fact that it’s a horror movie. What I will say, is that this film does a great job introducing the Warren’s and their affiliation with the Catholic Church and how they work on their cases. They work well together and set up the idea of demons/spirits inhabiting objects or people to try and make their way into our world. With that in mind, we also get to see the Warren’s teach classes on the subject and acknowledge the fact that their work is questionable in its believability.

For me, I’ve never been a huge fan of horror films, so the fact that I really enjoyed this movie should say a lot about it. This film has a great story that will intrigue you and it has enough scares to get your blood flowing and have you squirming in your seat. Wilson and Farmiga deliver great and convincing performances that really drive the film. The supporting cast also serve the film well, as their reactions and interactions seem very realistic. While all of this was enjoyable, I still enjoyed more about this film, while also disliking some aspects of it. Without further ado, here are my Top Ten Thoughts on The Conjuring!

Yeah. This creepy doll is in the movie. Just giving you a heads up so you don’t scream too loudly.


What I Enjoyed

What I Didn’t Enjoy

I was genuinely frightened for most of this movie.

Dolls. Doesn’t matter if they’re cute or not. They need to be destroyed.

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are wonderful in this film.

I would have loved to explore more of Wilson and Farmiga’s pasts.

The horror in this film takes a while to build up, which I thought worked well on its behalf.

I’m never going to look at an innocent game of “clap search” (or whatever it’s called) the same way…

The entire family is completely convincing in their fear of whatever it is that’s haunting them.

A lot of the fear lies within not seeing the demon. So, when you finally see it and what it does, it becomes significantly less scary.

I love the concept of demons or otherworldly spirits attaching to you. Even if you leave, they stay with you.

For those who get uneasy around gruesome imagery or unsettling stories, there is lots of that in this film. I’m warning you now for your own good!

The gruesome visuals in this film tell a twisted story very well.

A lot of what scares you, in the end, is jump scares. Which isn’t a terrible thing, it’s just not as scary as you thought it was when you were watching it.

This film acknowledges that most “hauntings” are just freak occurrences in one’s house.

Flashbacks or more information on the demon/spirit would have been a great way to add more psychological horror to the film.

The methods used to gather evidence of a demon/spirit (ie. Camera, Black Lights, Bells on wires, Recordings) play well with the story and add another aspect of fear to the film.

Had the film not have opted for a semi-cliche ending like it did, I think it had the potential to be more frightening and more gruesome than it actually was. That sounds sick and twisted on my part, but I was secretly hoping to be scared just a bit more.

The jump scares will make you scream in terror. Not that I would know from experience… (They’re terrifying!)

I wanted to see a bit more from Ron Livingston. I like him in most movies he is in, I’m just wondering whether or not he was miscast in this film.

This film set out to tell a “true” story that would scare the life out of you. It succeeded in that aspect, while also succeeding in being a pretty good movie too.

I was scared during most of this film. I hate dolls and they scared me. This movie will scare you, which is something I enjoyed and didn’t enjoy all at the same time.


The Conjuring is scary. Very scary, at times. It certainly lives up to the standards of a good horror film. This film has many jump scares, but it also has a pretty great story to go along with that. A lot of the horror comes from the building of the story, which I thought really worked well. After this film, you’ll take away the fact that this film was scary and the fact that every single doll should be eradicated from the face of the Earth. If you’re looking to be scared and entertained at the same time, The Conjuring is the film for you!

The Conjuring Trailer

4 STARS!!!

4 / 5 stars     

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