Sunday, July 21, 2013

Jason versus The Conjuring

How come a traditional haunted house flick is one of the best reviewed movies of the year? Because it is one of -- if not THE  -- best movies of the year, and the best horror film to come done the pike since Carpenter celebrated Halloween. Believe it.

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.

I pretty much spilled the beans on what I thought about The Conjuring. To elaborate, this is an old-school creep fest along the lines of The Exorcist or The Changeling. Hell, even The Amityville Horror. James Wan's film isn't a series of jump scares, but a genuinely terrifying experience with sustained sequences of horror that pushed this Basementite to the limits of how much shit his shorts can hold. It's that scary people.

Kudos to Wan for relying on film making too. The Conjuring is 99.9 per cent practical effects. Most of the horror takes place on camera and is backed up Kirk M. Morri's film editing and John R. Leonetti's moody cinematography.

What sets The Conjuring apart from most fright films is the solid screenplay and even better performances. This is a good, scary story told by actors who own their roles. Everyone is good, from Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as Ed and Lorraine Warren to Lili Taylor and the rest of the actors portraying the Perron clan.We care about the people in this movie, and that makes the scares scarier.

If you get the chance to catch The Conjuring in theatres do so. This is a crowd movie if ever there was one. It's a Good, and it's good and scary.

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