Monday, July 22 2013, 06:10 PM MDT
Movie Review: The Conjuring
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: James Wan
Starring: Vera Farminga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Recommended To: Horror fans looking for a creepy and often genuinely scary ghost story.
Synopsis: A pair of renowned paranormal investigators tries to help a family escape the clutches of a menacing demon that lives within the remote home they have just moved in to.
Review: When I sit down to watch a horror film I want an experience that first and foremost offers genuine frights. The Conjuring isn’t an original tale, we’ve seen the haunted house narrative dozens of times before, but it does feature some fantastic performances, a surprisingly solid script from Chad and Carey Haynes and great direction from James Wan (Saw, Insidious) who has become a formidable master of horror. Most importantly The Conjuring features its share of frights. It’s not nearly as evocative as The Exorcist, a film that never really leaves you after you see it, but it is far better than the majority of horror films that creep their way in and out of theaters every year.
-Ryan Michael Painter