The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and written by Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes. It is the first installment in The Conjuring series.
In 1970, paranormal investigators and demonologists, Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) Warren, are summoned to the home of Carolyn (Lili Taylor) and Roger (Ron Livingston) Perron. The Perrons and their five daughters have recently moved into a secluded farmhouse, where a supernatural presence has made itself known. Though the manifestations are relatively benign at first, events soon escalate in horrifying fashion, especially after the Warrens discover the house's macabre history.
Why It Rocks
- Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are flawless casting choices for Ed and Lorraine Warren.
- Amazing acting and performances.
- A brooding yet horror-stricken setting/environment.
- Decent cinematography.
- Bathsheba Sherman is a malevolent and sinister antagonist.
- Interesting characters that relate to the story.
- It stays true to the events the film was based on.
- The soundtrack is pretty decent, capturing some of the horror vibes that the movie’s giving and also some 70s vibes since the film takes place in the 1971.
- Very nightmarish visual effects.
- The sequel that followed it is just as good, if not better.
- Well-done story development.
- A very heartwarming and satisfying ending for the viewers.
- A very brooding and mysterious accurate setting that ties into the story.
- The origins of Bathsheba Sherman's devil-worshiping is very tragic and serves a great purpose to the plot.
- Joseph Bishara gives an a outstanding (and very fitting) musical score and also a scary, brilliant performance as Bathsheba.
- The possessed Annabelle Doll looks absolutely nothing like it does in real-life and the doll’s appearence is far-too terrifying (in a mediocre way).
- The film doesn’t stay 100% true to the real-life events of the Perron Hauntings.
The Conjuring received generally positive reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports an 86% approval rating, based on 207 reviews, with a weighted average of 7.2/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Well-crafted and gleefully creepy, The Conjuring ratchets up dread through a series of effective old-school scares." Metacritic assigned the film a weighted average score of 68 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". CinemaScore reported that audiences gave the film an "A-" grade on a scale of A to F.
- The real-life Lorraine Warren makes a cameo during the scene where Ed and Lorraine are lecturing a crowd of people on a past exorcism they performed.