James Wan’s latest horror flick The Conjuring has stirred up a lot of talk ever since it’s July 19th release in theaters. Lots of talk about how terrifying and life scarring it is. Every one of my friends who saw the movie in theaters came back shaking and claiming how they will never open a closet, look in a mirror, look at a doll, or peak into a dark area ever again in their lives. I want to feel the terror too! I saw The Conjuring yesterday with my horror movie companion Horror Crone and two of her friends… let me just say, the screaming did not stop.
Horror Crone actually found a new tick that she has, which she never new she had before while watching the movie. Each time a creepy situation or a jump scare happened in the movie, she would tap her feet against the floor as if she were running! I asked her what she was doing and she simply said “What do you mean?”. Just wow. This movie was actually very scary. It’s the James Wan movies that really effect you mentally. You don’t have to see a monster or a creepy looking ghost in a James Wan film to be frightened, but feel and hear what is going on. It’s that same feeling you get when you hear a weird sound in your home when you’re alone, but you don’t actually see what it is… but in The Conjuring, that feeling is twice as horrifying.
I referred James Wan to be the Quentin Tarantino of horror movies. Why? Like Tarantino, James Wan has specific things in his movies that you can tell are, well, James Wan. In all James Wan movies, he uses the shaky camera a lot, he uses many panning shots, and he uses silence as a scary trigger. In most horror movies, you hear this long suspenseful musical note until the jump scare… In a James Wan film, there is silence. Either something happens or it doesn’t… most of the times it does, but sometimes it still is pretty scary even when nothing happens. James Wan also has some really spine chilling introductions to his movies. A James Wan horror movie never has a slow, non-creative, nor boring opening! And that is why we love director James Wan so dearly.
As for a simple review of The Conjuring: terrifying movie. The acting was brilliant, especially from the young actresses who portrayed the roles of the Perron sisters. One specific young actress who really stood out was Joey King who played the role of Christine Perron. She is definitely going far in her acting career, and I cannot to see what she has in store for us next.
The Conjuring is based off a true story, which also makes it scary to think that something like this could actually happen with the hauntings (most of us have experienced hauntings), poltergeists (we’ve all seen a poltergeist, right?), and so on. If you want to learn more about the true story about Ed and Lorraine Warren’s adventures, click HERE.
If you have not seen the film yet, please go as soon as possible. And remember, Insidious Chapter 2 comes out in less than 2 months… get ready.