The Conjuring is one of the latest horror films on the market recently. With the story taken in a more ‘psychological’ and ‘supernatural’ approach, instead of modern day horror’s tendency to outright shock and scare, the whole film feels somewhat refreshing when swamped with the mediocre and money grabbing horror films of late. The film should be credited in that it doesn’t need to disgustingly maim and brutalise it’s supporting cast to grab the viewer’s attention. Instead the emphasis on the story and events preceding the film are thankfully where most of the scares come. The film doesn’t achieve everything it sets out to do. The cast seem capable of performing but at some points appear more comical, and their ordeals become a stage show. A main blunder of the film for some however will be the reveal of the demons. A few obscure shots of horror film villains is always clever, so much more if left to the imagination, but close ups and full body shots make the antagonist less scary and non threatening.
The Conjuring was enjoyable, but not scary enough for plenty thrill seekers. That being sad hopefully this will have a lasting effect like the classic The Amityville Horror, of which this feels familiar too, and will be remembered long after Paranormal Activity finally dies.
Verdict – 2.5/5 Stars