The Conjuring: Scariest Movie of 2013
As a big horror fan, I have high expectations for horror movies. I don't need a lot of blood, sex, or bad vocabulary, but that is what many recent horror movies boil down to: a bad plot line that doesn't care about it's characters as long as the scary-thing butchers someone during intercourse. Let's face it: it is not often that a good horror film comes along.
The Conjuring, ladies and gentleman, is what we have been waiting for.
The movie starts as a haunted house story, and slowly evolves into a possession tale. Unlike most of these kinds of stories, the movie focuses more on the investigators than the family. The movie opens with the Warrens talking about a different case, before bringing us to the supernatural situation the movie is about. We also learn more about the toll these investigations take on the Warrens, Lorraine especially as a clairvoyant.
Like many haunted house movies, this one starts with a positive, happy family looking for a fresh start in a new home. "This big house nobody wants with the creepy basement we didn't know about seems perfect!" The family soon realizes there is more to the house than they can see. Bed sheet yanking, ghostly clapping hands, and odd sleepwalking doesn't startle the family at first... until it the ghostly happenings become more common and more extreme.
Enter the Warrens, two paranormal investigators famous in the real world. Depending on where you stand with the Warrens, you either think they are two people put on this world to help us with what you can't explain or understand, or they are a couple of fakers who have been giving us the run around with stories of the paranormal. They are also the investigators responsible for bringing us the Amytiville case. You decide what to believe.
The family enlists the help of the Warrens. And this is where I want to stop talking about what happens in the movie- I don't want to spoil anything. What I will tell you, is the paranormal presence is not only attached to the house, but has latched onto the family, and not for the first time. The Warrens uncover the history of the house and surrounding land, and the family is pushed further into darkness.
So, how scary is this movie?
It is perfect for Halloween, right before bed, and when you're home alone.
If you're a hardcore horror movie enthusiast who enjoys horror movies for the story, this will not scare you. Maybe jump you a bit if you're not paying attention. (I'm in this camp. I jumped, I admit it. Sometimes I can't help it!)
If you're a hardcore horror movie enthusiast who enjoys horror movies to get scarred, this will indeed scare you!
If you're not into horror movies at all because you don't like to be scared, watch it anyways. You're nightmares will be excellent tonight.
If you're trying to find a movie to watch with you're friend that is afraid of everything, this is the one. If you don't want to be woken during the night by said friend calling you because they had a bad dream, turn your phone off before you go to bed.
I was a pretty big fan of the acting in the movie. The mother Carolyn (played by Lili Taylor of the the 1999 The Haunting remake fame) was my favorite character. I thought she pulled off the role very well, and her transitions during the last third of the movie were very convincing. She is also the one who is reaching out for help in order to protect her family. Vera Farmiga as Lorraine Warren was another draw for me. What can I saw, I'm sucker for women in important character roles!
I do wish we got to know each of the girls a little more. The movie was slower paced than most horror movies, which I enjoy more, because it gives the audience a chance to learn about the characters and connect with them before they're thrown into a horrid situation. This movie focused more on the Warrens and their role in this situation, but it would have been nice to see more of the four daughters.