James Wan’s summer thriller, “The Conjuring,“ changed the recent anticlimactic-trend in contemporary horror films. The movie’s parallel storylines shows both the findings of Ed and Lorraine Warren, real life demonologists from the 1970’s (best known as the investigators of the Amityville Horror Case), and the seven-person Perron family.
Played by Patrick Wilson and Emmy-nominated Vera Farmiga, the demonologist duo is asked to conduct an investigation following a request by Carolyn and Roger Perron, played by Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston.
Lorriane Warren, a clairvoyant, can see why the family needs help as soon as she enters the home. After a brief walkthrough of the house she and her husband explain that the only way to save the family is to exorcise the home.
The remainder of the film sequentially depicts the final attacks by the evil that possessed the Perron family’s house, and of course a cliché happy ending (no different than any other scary movie.)
“The Conjuring” tastefully tugs on the classic thriller motifs that work best: darkness, vulnerability and even the presence of a higher power. It’s the type of story to remind you of what being scared feels like and convinces you that at any moment it could be you.
If you enjoy being scared, and watching reproduced Hollywood-dramatized tales “based on true events,” then “The Conjuring,” is a perfect watch for this Halloween season.