“The Conjuring,” anticipated by many horror movie buffs, met the high expectations set. Director James Wan has created other horror hits such as “Saw,” “Insidious,” and “Dead Silence.” Though Wan’s previous movies were all pretty good, he’s really outdone himself this time.
The Conjuring follows the story of the Perron family as they move into a rural farmhouse. Really strange things start happening almost immediately, the first thing being their dog refusing to take one step inside the house. Before long things begin to escalate, and soon the family requests the help of Ed and Lorraine Warren, renowned paranormal investigators. They agree to try to help the Perrons, but soon after their arrival things get even worse.
A common error made in horror films is the creators focus on freaking people out as much as possible and leave the audience with a confusing plot full of holes. Luckily The Conjuring manages to deliver good plot development and still manage to terrify young girls and grown men alike. A good example of this is the “clap-clap” scenes (as seen in various trailers) which are more than enough to send shudders down anyone’s spine.
To any fans of scary movies this film is well worth the ticket price. 4 stars (out of 5) now showing at Montwood Movies 7, Carmike 16, East Pointe Movies 12, and Premiere Cinema 18.