The next film in the New Year’s Eve/Day Binge-a Thon is the first movie that I have already seen. It is the horror movie known as The Conjuring.
The Conjuring was one of the big screen films that led the Renaissance of horror that we have been enjoying the last several years. Creative and original horror movies such as Get Out, A Quiet Place, Don’t Breathe etc owe their success, to some extent, to The Conjuring.
Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson star as Lorreinne and Ed Warren, a husband/wife combination of paranormal investigators. The Warrens are real people and the story of The Conjuring is based on the Warrens’ case files. It is a “true” story.
The movie is great. It is nerve wracking and tense. The Warrens make a fantastic protagonist pair and you find it very easy to root for them. They are heroically putting themselves in the crossfire of the demons that are tormenting the family living in the house. There is a creepy backstory involving a witch that was hanged and her vengeance which is downright frightening. The imagery of the creature and the way it starts by messing with the family before escalating the terror and the violence.
Director James Wan creates a beautifully scary tone that sticks with you after the film finishes. The story is well developed and complex. It involves not only the family living in the house, but also the Warrens’ own daughter.
Vera Farmiga is an outstanding actor and she never fails to create a strong character in her films. She provides Lorraine with a soul and emotions unlike many in horror movies.
The Conjuring has inspired not only its own direct sequel, but also spin off films The Nun and two Annabelle movies. The creepy doll debuted in this movie.
The horror genre certainly received quite the jump scare jolt from this exceptional film.