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REVIEW: “The Conjuring”

“The Conjuring”

I’m Richard Roeper and coming up next, a family moves into a giant farmhouse in the country where mysterious things happened in the past. What could possibly go wrong? My review of “The Conjuring,” next.

In virtually every haunted-house movie, there comes a moment when we want to scream: “WHY DON’T YOU PEOPLE JUST MOVE OUT OF THAT HOUSE!” Credit “The Conjuring” for addressing that issue twice—but I still say when the doors are slamming and ghastly images are appearing in bathroom mirrors and whispers are heard in the night and pictures are flying offthe walls and there’s a creepy hidden cellar—GET THE F— OUT OF THE F—— HOUSE!

Set in the 1970s and “based on the true story” of a haunted family and the husband-and-wife team of demon-hunters that tries to save them, “The Conjuring” is never above mining familiar territory for jump-in-your-seat-and-then-release-a-laugh moments—but it’s often framed in a uniquely twisted way. The camera is alive with nifty spins and tracking shots.

Reliable everyman Ron Livingston is Roger and Lili Taylor is his wife Carolyn. Along with their five adorable daughters, they move into a farmhouse in the Rhode Island. It takes all of about six hours for things to go bump in the night. They enlist the help of well-known demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren, played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.

The editing is crips, the music perfectly timed, to give us some terrific scares and some well-placed moments of comedic relief. We also get a level of writing and acting rarely seen in films such as this, particularly when Taylor and Farmiga bond over thefiercely protective love a parent feels for a child.

Despite the reminders this is based on a true story, we do get a lot of standard scary movie stuff, but it’s almost always done with style. I give “The Conjuring” a B+.

2 Responses to “REVIEW: “The Conjuring””

  1. Gary Joseph Says:

    The movie “The Conjuring!” Well, I’ve been living with one foot in the afterlife since 2005 after a NDE heart attack. Two – three times a week for 8 years now supernatural encounters happen unexpectedly. Angels have appeared, loved ones who have been dead and direct contact with God and demons – there have even been eyewitnesses to some of the encounters. After 25 years as a business consultant, now I serve the homeless fulltime and all the proceeds of my story go to help them. “Proof of the Afterlife – the Conversation Continues” is available at, Barnes and Noble or This is all very real!

  2. Jay Says:

    I watched The Conjuring Movie and saw that it was based on a true story that happened in Harrisville Rhode Island, so I decided to go check out the old farm house.

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