‘The Conjuring’ in review

This thrilling horror film is sure to haunt the dreams of young and old viewers alike

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Getting Weird
December 13, 2018

Whatever you do, do not watch this movie alone. Trust me, “The Conjuring” is not a movie for the faint of heart.

Based on true events, “The Conjuring,” directed by James Wan,  takes place in 1971 when the Perron family makes a fateful move to an old, dilapidated house in Rhode Island. It doesn’t take long until things get creepy.

In an act of desperation, The Perrons contact renowned paranormal experts, Ed and Lorraine Warren, to discover the horrific truth behind their home.

However, what the Warrens discover is far more sinister than any ghost or monster.

As a self-proclaimed horror movie buff, I was long convinced the hype about “The Conjuring” was just that: hype. For a while after it hit theaters it seemed like it was the only movie anyone was talking about.

“It can’t be that scary,” I told myself.

Oh boy, was I wrong.

First off, it is important to note I made the terrible decision of watching this movie in my dark, creepy house in the middle of the night. I urge you all not to make the same mistake. I have seen many terrifying movies in my day, but this one really got to me.

The scariest thing about this movie is that it happened to a normal family in a normal house. Weeks after I saw the movie, there were several occurrences where I could have sworn I heard a ghost walking around.

Even though that “ghost” turned out to be my half-asleep roommate, “The Conjuring” is one horror movie that really stuck with me.

Judging by reviews, it seems most audiences would agree it was pretty scary. Rotten Tomatoes rates the flick at 86 percent.

“The Conjuring” is not unique in concept, but Wan’s artful use of cinematography and tension make this movie scarier than most.

All in all, The Conjuring is a scary, compelling and well-made horror film. It is a must-see for any horror movie buff, but if you are scared of creepy, possessed dolls, I urge you to stay away from this one.

If you wish to learn the fate of The Perron family, make your way to Davies Center’s Woodland Theater in Davies Center Nov. 20-22. “The Conjuring” is a film sure to keep you up at night.