Fearter rating: 9.5/10
Expertly made, terrifying horror movie which kicked off a brilliant franchise.
Review (no spoilers)
The Conjuring, set in the early 1970's, follows Ed and Lorraine Warren - paranormal investigators - who are asked to help a family that are having some issues with a previous owner of the house...
The film is brilliantly made and includes some of the best horror scenes I have ever seen. If you like your paranormal/haunted house horror then this movie is an absolute must see. It has a fantastic blend of jump scares and dread, all within the wrapper of a perfectly paced movie with an interesting story.
What really sets this film apart from other horror movies, are the small details which are built upon to create a truly sinister, tormenting and menacing antagonist. There are fantastic call backs to the smallest of actions which then send a shiver down your spine and add to the feeling of all encompassing dread. The special effects, costumes and make-up are exquisite and the look and feel of the film is wholly immersing.
The main characters are superb and the acting is great. They help make the characters believable and like-able. This is the first film in a cinematic universe (I hate that phrase) that includes a sequel, the Annabelle films - which is based on the doll in this movie - and the soon to be released movie 'The Nun'. Even if this film just introduced the world to Annabelle it would be a good movie - but it is so much more than that.
If you like horror films and you haven't seen The Conjuring - you really should. And do it properly, lights off, no talking, volume loud.
N.B: My friend's review of this movie was sent to me via text message: "Watched the Conjuring, sh*t the bed!"