Great a movie, with good buildup, until the climax. This is one of many movies which fail in the exorcism scene. Sad for a movie with up until then more than average score and decent story line.
Played on a big screen and with a decent surround setup the first 80 minutes make for a good evening, only to be let down by what would have been an awesome movie otherwise. A pity.
Creepy. Thrilling. Suspenseful. Conjuring.
My friends and I have been planning on seeing The Conjuring for a while now. There was quite a hype going around about how freaked this left a bunch of our friends, so I guess there was some level of expectation. I wasn't expecting much, though. This is the first "horror" movie I've watched in months (I never really saw the appeal in them, except when watching with friends), and it definitely did not disappoint for me.
At the end of the film though, my friends kept saying how it wasn't scary (which contradicted their screams from a few minutes before that lol) and how it does not compare to Insidious, a film which we all watched together two years before.
What my friends did not appreciate was what I liked about it: there actually was a story. It was developed and did not just focus on trying to scare the crap out of you with shocking music and sudden appearances by creepy-faced hags. I have to admit, I still found some scenes definitely cliched and corny.. It's not perfect, but it wasn't bad either, which is saying something because I've hated horror movies growing up.
Best modern horror movie by far!
An instant gem among the classic horror titles.
Very very nice movie
One of the scariest movies ever made. Does so with minimal violence and profanity, but heaps and heaps of spooky creepiness. Prepare for a scare and here it comes!
Based on a true story (but not really), The Conjuring is a fairly rote haunted house film from director James Wan. The story follows the Perron family as they experience a series of supernatural disturbances and turn to a paranormal investigative team for help. Starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor, and Ron Livingston, the film has an impressive cast (though the performances are rather mediocre). The material is pretty familiar (spooky noises, apparitions, possession, etc.), but Wan does a decent job at providing the typical jump scares. While it delivers a few good frights, The Conjuring is a formulaic, cookie-cutter film that just recycles a bunch of old horror tropes.
I don't get why this movie is considered good, I was bored the most time.
Overhyped, but still a decent story. Probably won't watch it again.
[5.8/10] The Conjuring is a series of good scares in search of a good movie. If you’re after empty calories that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, then you’re in for a good time, but if you’re interested in things like character, or dialogue, or anything beyond a good spook, you’ll mostly be hunting for scraps.
They’re good scares though! They almost hold the movie up. Whether it’s characters being pulled across the screen as though moved by some invisible force, or blurry figures in the distance moving unnervingly but never able to be fully discerned, or the images of pale corpses hanging over one’s shoulder as perceived from beyond the grave, the film knows how to deliver a good frightening sequence.
The problem is there’s next to no one worth caring about in any of those sequences. At best, all of the characters are archetypes, with only the faintest hint of shading to give them a little personality. The main characters, such as they are, are Ed and Lorraine Warren, a pair of “demonologists” who take various “cases” of hauntings and try to solve them. There’s not much to them beyond a generic “the last time we tried this, you ended up bad shape” emotional subplot that’s handled as clumsily and obviously as a ghost knocking around in the basement.
Then there’s the Perron family, a mom, dad, and five daughters who recently moved into a haunted house when things start going creepily wrong. Roger Perron is a standard father character, roaming around as flat as can be, and Carolyn Perron is just as generic of a mom, with no discernible characteristics beyond the fact that she loves her children (which is, apparently, something so novel that the film takes great pains to tell the audience about it in no uncertain terms, because we couldn’t understand the concept of a parent loving their child without the movie holding our hand throughout).
Those children she love so much are five indistinguishable, undifferentiated daughters. The oldest one is generically sullen and sarcastic, but otherwise they’re just props for The Conjuring to place in various scary situations and have them scream or gasp or call out in terror. They’re flanked by a barely there cop, an assistant, and the Warrens’ own daughter, all of whom are little more than sentient window dressing.
The “based on a true story” tale sees mysterious things happening around the Perrons’ house, which naturally leads them to consult with the Warrens. From there, there’s the standard “there’s an evil entity here” business, with the ghosthunting crew digging up the convoluted history of the place where, shock of shocks, some grisly events happened in the past.
The instigating event (spoiler warning, boys and girls) is a murdered Salem witch who possesses women to have them kill their children. The intention of this motif is clear and solid, with this witch (subtly named “Bathsheba”) finding particular resonance with the clairvoyant Lorraine, who sees visions of her daughter’s death, and Carolyn who is, inevitably, the one who actually gets possessed by the evil spirit. The rub is that The Conjuring hammers this point home again and again, to where the possession of Carolyn is as predictable as its solution.
But if you’re not walking into the theater because you care about story or character, The Conjuring can be a lot of fun. The cinematography is an integral part of the film, using unique perspective shots to give the appearance of something just beyond the frame, doing Vertigo-style zooms, and turning things upside down or using tracking shots to convey movement and uneasy situations. The cameraman is arguably the most interesting and active character in the film, feeling like a real presence that gives the movie what grace it can muster.
The other side of the coin is that the movie is just too much. It doesn’t just feature a few interesting instances of hauntings. It gives you every haunting cliché you’ve ever seen. There’s dead dogs. There’s dead birds. There’s gnarled old ladies. There’s creepy little kids. There’s people floating. There’s people sleepwalking. There’s pictures falling off walls. There’s mysterious cellars. There’s crazy laughs. There’s creepy dolls. There’s snarling and cackling and garble-voiced threats. If you’ve seen a haunted house movie before, chances are whatever dramatic scare you witnessed has been stapled into The Conjuring somehow.
The same goes for that engrossing cinematography. While the occasional long take or flipped perspective can add juice to an otherwise stock scenario and setting, the omnipresent use of all that showiness can make a scene feel too busy rather than the desired level of chaotic, like director of photography John R. Leonetti is throwing everything on the wall and seeing what sticks. The same goes for Joseph Bishara’s score, which tells you exactly what you should be feeling and when you should be feeling it in a similarly over the top fashion.
It was also striking to me to discovery that The Conjuring was directed by James Wan, soon to join the D.C. Extended Universe film with his upcoming Aquaman feature, because all of that “more is more” visual styling and tin-eared dialogue made me think of one man, who’s also dabbled in the horror genre before jumping to superheroes -- Zack Snyder. It’s not just the presence of Watchmen’s Patrick Wilson here; everything from the alternating washed out and then high-contrast colors to all the usual sound and fury signifying nothing.
But again, it’s good sound and fury. On a pure pound-for-pound basis, The Conjuring knows how to make you sit up and take notice of all the ways it’s trying to creep you out, and that’s certainly worth something. It’s just a shame that all the creativity that goes into breathing these (admittedly stock) scenarios to life in terms of the effects and the visuals doesn’t translate to crafting any characters worth giving a damn about, or creating an arc that doesn’t rely on the standard beats and clichés. You’re bound to remember The Conjuring’s creepy moments when you’re falling asleep at night, but you’ll quickly forget the rest of the movie.
Well done! Thanks for a great scare
one of the most scary movies ever
Do you also get more excited when at the beginning of a movie you gonna learn it is based on a true story?
Buena película efectos bien logrados.
Good, but not up to the standard of the mesmerising and even quirky Insidious.
Just enough scare and at the right times. My wife got too scared to finish it; so I watched alone in the dark. Best way to see this movie.
So creepy that it's based on real events.
Overhyped. Good by the genre standards but offers nothing new. The direction is good, the acting is nice and though it avoids one main cliche of the genre, it certainly follows every other one.
All in all, lower your expectations. It's not what you would expect from the buzz it created.
One Word: Intense! The good old school horror is back! this is what horror fans have being expecting !I have seen a lot of Horror Movies ( and i mean a lot ) and very few left me so nervous while watching it. On top of that I have see this at 3 am; alone in the dark; big room; sound to the max ( no neighbors :P ) and i gotta say i haven't had such a an amazing movie moment in a long time. On top of that, most horror movies loose a lot of quality when it comes to plot and performances, they were top notch on this one. I rarely give 9 or 10 to a Horror movie but this one deserves it for the amazing 112 minutes ride!
If you're a fan of horror movies and have been looking for a good horror movie, please go and see this. It is by far one of the best horror films that I have seen in any recent years. I'm not a fan of James Wan as Insidious had so much potential and then just did a nosedive not even halfway through the film, and while Saw is of course a sort of legacy, it wasn't particularly my cup of tea.
The Conjuring is great. I didn't recognize much of the corny scenes that many people are talking about, though this could be due to the fact that I was pretty much terrified the entire time. The performances were spectacular as well as the make-up and many of the special effects, though there are some in the horror genre that I've never been a fan of, but they're also ones you can't really do without. I truly recommend this movie to any horror fan. You will not regret it.
Fingers my spooky bone.
"The devil exists. God exists. And for us, as people, our very destiny hinges upon which one we elect to follow."
"The devil exists. God exists. And for us, as people, our very destiny hinges upon which one we elect to follow."
From the person who brought us the first Saw and Insidious, of course The Conjuring is another intriguing movie to add to any horror list. Vera Formiga and Patrick Wilson are very likeable as The Warrens, and this was just as enjoyable the 2nd time around.
The Warrens are frauds who made a living selling spooky stories to gullible people. Now we've got a whole film universe that acts as well-produced propaganda for them. Cool.
Not what it was cracked up to be scary enough to be enjoyed
This might be the most terrifying and well done movie I've ever seen. It is very frightening and all the actors give good performances. The music and sound editing is great, as well as the cinematography. And the best of all is that it sets everything for The Conjuring Saga. I've watched it twice and I will definitely watch it again.
This is one of the worst horrors I never want to watch again. It has some jump scares and a good plot/history. And no unnecessary dragging story around.I am not a fan of horrors but decided to make an exception for one of the best rated horrors of all time. I am glad I watched it and really regret watching in a dark room at 11pm...
Very well made and absolutely terrifying. I loved the dynamic between Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. There is a ton of world building and endless possibilities with that room of theirs.
Definitely has some good scene especially the ending.
Became one of my fave horror films simply because there's no skeptical character dragging the plot out by constantly denying everything. It gets to the point and they get to doing something about it immediately :clap_tone2:
The first time I watched this, I wasn't that impressed. Rewatching recently, I was a little too harsh. This is a fun, decently scary haunting story. Watch it in the dark with the sound turned up. A good time will be had.
Pretty good liked that it relied more on creepiness than jump scares.
Based on just the movie itself it's a good movie. It keeps you on your toes and is fun to watch. To me this isn't scary. A movie hasn't been able to scare me since 2003's 'Darkness Falls' and that was because I was 6 years old and also afraid of the dark. Still this movie birthed a second movie and two movies based off the Annabelle doll.
Não sou muito de ver filmes de Terror/Horror, talvez por isto que devo ter gostado. Algumas cenas dava agonia como a cena que a espírito demoníaco espiava as crianças ou quando ele surge em cima do guarda-roupas prestes a atacar.
Magnificent work on the supernatural with an admirable and even stunning achievement in the way knows how to magnify the effect of terror.
Magnifica obra sobre o sobrenatural com uma realização admirável e até mesmo atordoante na forma como sabe ampliar o efeito de terror.
James Wan continues to show that he is one of the most consistent horror directors with a film that is probably his best ever. The characters are interesting. I almost felt like I wanted more for them because I was so intrigued by them. The jump scares work when they are used and feel totally natural with a handful of great performances. I don't know if Patrick Wilson has ever been better.
This movie is scary. Only a few cheesy moments. 8/10.
Ed: Stay here and let me handle this.Lorraine: I won't let you do this alone.Ed: No.Lorraine: No.
Just the best horror movie of the last few years. Excellent soundtrack, acting and directing. A Masterpiece.
slow at first, then in the middle give little sparks, and the ending satisfied me.maybe this will be among the top horror in 20th century.
Amazing movie, perfect soundtrack. Don't really like how it ends, tho.
good one, i got scared in many parts
Some pretty good scenes...with a better ending, a perfect 10...
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Solid plot, scares were okay too. Overall a complete horror movie.
Es una de las mejores peliculas de terror de los ultimos tiempo.Se nota que su director y creador es Wan y como intenta y logra verdaderamente llevar al terror clasico.Si amais el genero de terror no deberiais dejarla pasar.
"Y así llegamos a las tres etapas de la actividad demoníaca: infestación, opresión y la posesión"
Wow, what a movie...ok I'm not an expert in this kind of genre, but a lot of what you watch is too klischee, too predictable, too whatever...but this one? My gosh I wasn't sure if my sphinster would hold!
A somewhat bland take on the "true story" genre of scary movies, this is a mish mash of better horror films, with very little that is new. The film certainly tries to evoke a sense of realism at first, but, despite a game cast, there is very little here that actually scares with the director trying to build moments of tension slowly but ultimately relying on loud jump moments to scare rather than building any sense of dread. There are some moderately effective moments, although even the creepy moments are more reminders of similar elements in other films (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister, The Orphanage, The Exorcist and The Exorcism of Emily Rose amongst others). The film picks up upon the arrival of the investigators at the house, but with a subplot involving a doll that doesn't really seem to go anywhere, a final denouement that bores rather than shocks due to it's predictability and the result is a film that has very little to recommend it.
I'm on a roll with films that start off really well and then descend into ridiculous Hollywood nonsense. The first two thirds of this film were fantastic, and then... well... no spoilers. Just enjoy them using 90% of the special effects budget in the last 20 minutes.
What should I say? I love that movie!
That doll is so... creppy
Amazing movie! I'm not easily scared but I finished watching it a paranoid mess... (December 20th 2013)
A story, that's all what's different from all the other so exorcist movies. Not my cup of tea.
I enjoyed it. It is certainly better than 99% of the scary movies out there and didn't require (much) gore in order to achieve its goal.
The time period was fun if a little wrong. The 70s weren't the 60s but I'll go with it because it was visually appealing if I ignored the anachronistic goof.
Scariest movie I have ever seen. I hated that clapping moment. Not a movie for the kids. Way way way too evil.
I have seen best horror movie last time
One of the better movies within the genre for the past couple of years. Most of the scares are classic ones though, so don't expect to see something totally new here. Also, towards the end it becomes a bit to clichéd. Its very similar to amityville horror and the likes.
The one thing which really pissed me off about the ending, is the emphasis on that its based on a true story. Come on...
Another terrible warrens inspired haunting.
I thought the Conjuring was supposed to be scary....what a joke lol
Very good and solid. It was very scary.... my compliments for the lighting of the movie it was superB
Just meh. There was nothing scary about this one. Typical exorcist type movie. Nothing new to see here.
Um dos melhores filmes de terror do ano, se não o melhor.
Good and scary, but a little over the top on the final act.
believe the hype?
All this hype for nothing. The story offers nothing new and the tension didn't really build well. I'm glad that this is the last we'll see of Wan in the genre... Not that it is a particularly bad movie it's just nothing great.
o filme mais assustador, aterrorizante de 2013...nem dormi direito, ainda mais sabendo a história real da Annabelle e do casal Ed e Lorraine Warren, muitooooooo tensooo!!!!!!!!
It's good.. But certainly no Insidious or Sinister... The cliche's in this movie were noticeable, but I ignored it seeing that these types of movies don't come out as often as they used to anymore.
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It's tough to make a great scary movie. This one did a great job. There were some very cheesy lines, but I ignored them because that's not really the reason I went to watch the movie anyways. Definitely recommended if you like the genre.
James Wan made a very creepy, suspenseful, and great horror film. This movie will have you clenching your fists and on the edge of your seat the whole time. The shots in this movie are just beautiful and really freak you out. James Wan really put a nice touch on this as director. If you are looking for a great summer flick to get scared at, look no further. Highly recommend! Must see! 9.5/10