The Conjuring Film Review
James Wan directs a magnificent horror film based on actual events. The film is consistently creepy and definitely keeps your attention. There was never a moment where I felt bored or uninterested, which is a huge achievement for horror films in this day and age.
The film begins with a previous case that Ed and Lorraine Warren had been working on. This is basically a way to introduce the protagonists which later try to help the family that the film is centered on. The family moves into a new home and all seems well. Then the hauntings start. Ed and Lorraine are eventually called to investigate.
The acting was mostly good but the big letdown was Ron Livingston. He was dull, seemingly not caring about the events going on around him. It's understandable that he didn't fit in as he has been in comedies and dramas his whole career. it was a good try, he just couldn't quite nail it.
James Wan was perfect as the director. He has a true sens of the horror genre and how to make each scene intense and unnerving. The camera work is especially notable as the flow between rooms is smooth and quick. Wan makes you feel like you are actually there in the house, experiencing every moment as it horrifyingly unfolds.
In conclusion, The Conjuring will frighten and unnerve you as each scene unfolds. The film is well-written and perfectly directed. It will be difficult to top this film but if anyone can do it, it's James Wan.
© 2016 Alec Zander