Sunday, November 24, 2013

Movie Review of The Conjuring

   It's been a long time since I've seen a good spooky movie. I was a real horror fan but the genre degenerated into torture porn (Saw & Hostel) and so I went my merry way.

   The last truly scary movie I enjoyed was Poltergeist which no doubt reveals my age but I don’t care, it was scary fun. Unfortunately it doesn’t hold up as well as I would have liked but that’s primarily because the special effects they used have become horribly outdated. Like how Bella Lugosi’s Dracula frightened an entire generation yet today it’s considered passé. Same with Frankenstein.

   Thanks guys, it was fun.

   I think the reason I liked Poltergeist is because we got to know the family, related to them and understood their panic when so many bad things happened and they couldn’t stop or control any of it.

   I suppose that’s the reason I enjoyed the Conjuring so much.

   Like Poltergeist the characters in The Conjuring are regular people. Nice people in fact and we get to see them playing family games and hanging out with each other. They are the type of family you could easily become friends with and have your kids play together.

   It starts off the way many good spooky stories do. A family of seven, mom, dad and the five girls buy a big old house. It’s a bit run down so it needs some repair and cleaning up.

   No problem. Everybody pitches in and things get done.

   But then comes the bump in the night. The sudden drop in temperature, something in the shadows. Just a little spooky at first but not frightening.

   But that all begins to change and ‘Who you gonna call? Ghostb..!

   The Conjuring trailer

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   No, not them but a psychic couple who works with the Catholic Church doing exorcisms. When the family pleads with them to at least come and look at the house they finally agree & when they get there they discover the place is filled with malevolent spirits who have attached themselves to the family and will follow them wherever they go.

  So there’s no escape.

  That’s all I’m going to tell you.

   Just a warning. This is no torture/gory screamfest but there are several moments that will raise the hair on the back of your neck.

   You’ve been warned!