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The Conjuring

Directed by James Wan
United States, 2013


Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorised by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

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The Conjuring Directed by James Wan
It earns a high spot on this list not necessarily for its faithful interpretation of truth but its solemn capture of familial unrest. The Conjuring creates, through roving cameras and increased claustrophobic tension, a sense of the kind of family that may be haunted by violence – though not necessarily the supernatural kind.
October 25, 2016
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Some may find The Conjuring un-scary; it doesn’t go in for shock moments (more like chills down the spine). But it works like Rosemary’s Baby, another film where the heroine’s obvious distress was much more frightening than any talk of Satan; it grips because it’s about people trying to deal with a bad thing, even if that bad thing happens to be malevolent spirits.
September 17, 2013
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Cherry-picking some of the best tropes from a golden era, director of The Conjuring James Wan, with screenwriters Chad and Carey Hayes, combines the ambiance of horror’s leisure-suit heyday with the more recent brand of well-timed what’s-that-in-the-mirror scares.
July 18, 2013
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