The Warrens are interesting people and I’d love to watch a film that does them justice, but this isn’t that film. On its own merits, the plot is fairly standard and sets up everything well for an ending I was well invested in. Very Hollywood Horror but in a good way.
Genuinely creepy and well-acted haunted house yarn from James Wan. Scares are in abundance even if the tactics are repetitive, and the religious overtones, while unimaginative and a little grating, aren't as pronounced as they could've been. I also cared about the characters, who are earnest without being maudlin, and that's more than I can say for most horror films. Further proof Wan loves his creepy clown dolls.
All the hype revolving around it, plus other people's opinions made me get such high expectations for this movie that it kind of disappointed me. I can't believe I spent all this time saying I would never be capable of watching this alone for... this. Still, well done and very well shot, definitely better than most horror movies these days. Kinda wishing it wasn't as known so I could've had a different experience...
Se teniamo a mente che è il soggetto è la storia di una casa americana in cui vi è una presenza demoniaca, tema trattato allo sfinimento, questo film riesce tutto sommato a sfuggire a cliché e banalità, inserendo un certo numero di cose innovative. Gli attori, come in quasi ogni horror, non sono eccezionali, ma Wan fa un gran lavoro in regia. Paura assicurata.
More than a "horror" film, The Conjuring is an excellent thriller. There's incredible cinematic value in James Wan's work that shouldn't be overlooked based on the label it gets. Strong performances, intelligent directing and important character work make this one of the most fascinating thrillers of the last 5 years.