Blu-ray Review: The Conjuring

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Check out this excellent review of The Conjuring (including the features on the Blu-ray) …which Horror Boom agrees with 100%.  I actually lost track of the number of times I screamed aloud in panic. A handful of grown men in the theater got pretty vocal too, including one guy to the left opposite row from where we sat, who actually did a spit take when he made the mistake of sipping his beverage right before the wardrobe jump scene. At one point–I distinctly recall it was during the scene that took place in total fucking daylight where the Warrens played back their recording of the interview with Andrea and heard …well, what they heard instead of her voice… I began unintentionally squeezing the other half of Horror Boom’s (my husband) hand so tight he winced and decided to just put his hand on my arm instead. See, this is why I kept running into a brick wall a couple of sentences in when I sat down to write a review of The Conjuring after seeing it in a packed theater–the scares and mood were so visceral I still can’t write a traditionally-structured review*. At this point, anyway, I’ve resigned myself to having to say the hell with it and just ended up having to relate my various reactions to the movie instead.

As for the Blu-ray features, Ryan’s got them covered. The Conjuring Blu-ray is going on our Christmas list just for the “Scaring the @#$% Out of You” featurette alone. Be sure to give this a read! Not to mention, no spoilers. If you haven’t seen it yet but have been meaning to …what are you waiting for?

*I’ve had the same thing happen with several other horror movies– the French horror film Inside comes to mind as an example. Don’t get me started…

Seeing as how I never got the chance to review James Wan’s The Conjuring when it scared up theaters back in July, I figured a Blu-ray review only made sense. Hitting shelves on October 22nd, acclaimed director James Wan’s The Conjuring follows a pair of paranormal investigators who help a family haunted by a demonic force, only to find themselves trapped in their own horrifying nightmare. The film stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as Ed and Lorraine Warren; Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor as Roger and Carolyn Perron.

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(Clap Clap) The Editing Room Finally Takes On “The Conjuring”!

HAYLEY MCFARLAND

Daddy, we found a hidden door to a creepy dark cellar.

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Okay, get me our flashlight.
(pause)
Wait, get me some matches instead. A flashlight might set my hands or the house on fire and won’t provide nearly as much light as good strong matches.

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Hee hee! I remember actually blurting out, No, you idiot! under my breath (well, mostly) when that moment came up in the theater. So, the bad news is I get the feeling that Ian S., the writer of the Abridged Script for The Conjuring not only doesn’t really care for horror movies, but got bored during this one and took a snooze or two in the middle. The good news is that it’s hard to be irritated at a script this funny.

Click on the bottle of holy water below (or this link, if the holy water doesn’t work because the Bathsheba demon is back and is way too strong) and read The Editing Room’s parody of our favorite horror movie of the summer, The Conjuring!

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Why We Like Exorcist Movies: They Don’t Just Showcase the Devil, They Conjure up God Too

“Now, of course, evangelical Christianity has become one of the cornerstones of contemporary American life. And here we are, four decades after The Exorcist, still paying to get the bejesus scared out of us by watching a movie set in 1971 about a good woman “possessed” by her secret demon self. The Devil is here because, of course, he never left, and never will. In so many ways, he is old news. But the ritual of a horror film that reassures us by calling forth God to defeat him: That’s a conjuring we never get tired of.”  –Owen Gleiberman

We don’t agree with every point, but this is a thoughtful piece,  with an intriguing perspective, by longtime Entertainment Weekly film critic (and ardent movie lover) Owen Gleiberman that deserves a read… especially if you’re interested in exploring the role of God in exorcism-themed horror films.

Brand New TV Spot for ‘The Conjuring’ Just Hit – With Some New Footage!

Sorry to make this so brief; technical issues on our internet access WAAAAY too long today.  So, this is TV spot #3 for The Conjuring. And we believe all the rave reviews!

We’ve got plenty more Conjuring-related material (some of it pretty, well, juicy) coming up, so hang in there!

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Sure, that house looks perfectly safe to live in...

Sure, that house looks perfectly safe to live in. I know it’s a horror movie, but you might want to, oh, I don’t know, TURN A LIGHT ON, dudes?

Film Review: ‘The Conjuring’

We were trying to keep our expectations mediocre on this one (notice the word “trying” as opposed to “achieving”) but oh MAN, it’s gonna be hard after reading this review! Plus, the last ghost film we saw rated “R” not so much due to gore but scariness significantly impacted our ability to sleep. Cannot wait! The Conjuring opens in theaters July 19 (and Horror Boom has the countdown widget for all of us to check compulsively).