Film Review – The Conjuring (2013)

Great review – we probably WILL be coming home and watching something like The Fashion Police to get our minds off it Friday night!

 

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By Jordan

Directed by James Wan

Starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston

When Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga) agree to help a distraught family claiming their house to be infested with malevolent spirits, they are unaware that the case they are about to undertake will be the most challenging and distressing of their eventful, tumultuous careers as paranormal researchers. Similarly, when I as an audience member originally intending to see low-brow comedy This is the End changed my mind at the last minute and bought a ticket for The Conjuring, I had no idea just how much my heart was going to be very unimpressed; as it was made to work overtime for nearly the entire 112 minutes…

Having helmed the decade-defining Saw (2003), creepy and atmospheric Dead Silence (2007) and the often terrifying thrill-ride Insidious (2010), director James Wan has established himself as Australia’s premier Master…

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Brand NEW ‘The Conjuring’ Featurette – Meet The Real Lorraine Warren (Plus Her Scary, Great Occult Museum)!

The Conjuring opens Friday, July 19th – if you’re in a major city, there’s still several previews happening with ticket giveaways. Horror Boom will try to pass on all of them we hear about to you that we can!  For now, however, you can feed your cravings with this…

“That was a terrible place. That was a very, very… very bad place.”

 

-Lorraine Warren, on the Perron house,  from the below interview

Wow. OK, couple of things…

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Whether you’re a skeptic or not, you have to admire this woman (who, by the way, is still going strong into her mid-80s; she had the energy to go to Wondercon 2013 as part of the panel for The Conjuring) for more than one reason. When I was doing research on the Warrens, I found–verified, actually– that neither Edward nor Lorraine Warren ever took any kind of payment for their services. Even when both of them were interviewed (before Mr. Warren passed in 2006) by several skeptical (very skeptical) societies, all of the interviewers seemed to come away with the same conclusion, a universal variation of Well, if they’re lying, they don’t know it. They believe.

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Of course, the possibility also exists that neither the Warrens nor the Perron family (who did not immediately* cash in with book or movie deals like some of the Warren’s most notorious clients; for example, the Lutz family of Amityville) are making any details of the Harrisville Hauntings up…

Whether you’re skeptical or not, one thing is sure – The Conjuring is the most accurate portrayal of Ed and Lorraine Warren ever put on film to date.**

Pretty sure I'll be covering my ears, scrunched down in my theater seat when this scene in the movie comes up (if I'm not in that position BEFORE then, that is)

Pretty sure I’ll be covering my ears, scrunched down in my theater seat when this scene in the movie comes up (if I’m not in that position BEFORE then, that is)

Oh, and another thing is certain– that based on a true story or not, The Conjuring is pure nightmare material.

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“So Lorraine, you picking up any kind of vibes yet from this place?”

*Actually, the Perron family (and the Warrens) kept things more or less to themselves for thirty years or so.

**Vera Farmiga (who wanted to make her portrayal as accurate as possible), James Wan, and especially the writers spent as much time with Ms. Warren as they could. An amazing (and spoiler-y) interview with both the writers, Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes will be linked to soon; watch this space!

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Film Review: ‘My Amityville Horror’

Yeah… we’re gonna skip this one. If you’d like to see more, though,  Famous Monsters has four clips; click here to check them out.