The Conjuring (2013) 2013

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Based on a true story, The Conjuring tells the suspenseful tale of Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson), world renowned paranormal investigators, who were called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse.

Starring:
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson
Runtime:
1 hour 51 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

The Conjuring (2013)

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Director James Wan
Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson
Studio New Line
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray
A superbly and expertly directed horror film from one of Horrors most exciting new directors, The Conjuring will have you watching on the edge of your seat.

With an atmospheric 70's setting The Conjuring successfully sucks you into its world and doesn't release its grip until the end. Based on true events some of this will need to be taken with a pinch of salt depending on your views about ghosts and possession. You do not have to be a believer to enjoy this film. It works on every level.

The Warrens are well known demonologists. Most famously they investigated the Amityville Horror. This is a story that apparently they have never told before so is completely fresh but with the amount of ghost stories out there a lot of what you see has been done before. However arguably it has never been better than what you see here.

Where The Conjuring succeeds over others is in the characters that inhabit the story. The family the Warren's get drawn into helping are all very relatable and for once none of the children are annoying. They are a family that you want to see helped. It also helps that Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga brilliantly portray the Warrens and again you are willing them to succeed.

The first hour builds up the tension and has a couple of jumpy moments. This isn't a flashy horror, this is a tension builder. Suggesting rather than showing. Even when it does reveal its ghost and the story unravels a lot of it is still held back so your imagination is left to run wild.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE on 29 Jan 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Before I saw The Conjuring I heard a lot negative complaints that it was merely "cattle prod cinema" which I inferred meant a lot of awful stingers were the only thing that would make the audience jump. This horrible cliché has been overabundant in many so-called "horror" movies for a good while now and I my expectations were low.

Thankfully, there are no stingers. Yes, there are scares and jumps, but the score is completely unobtrusive and there are no cats jumping out of closets or phones suddenly ringing. James Wan knows that atmosphere, cinematography, suggestion, and the unknown can build suspense and horror, and the Conjuring has plenty.

Apparently based on a true story (which I am extremely doubtful of, but not completely disbelieving) a happy family of mom and dad and five young girls move into a large farmhouse bought at a low price from a bank auction. As soon as they cross the threshold things are not quite right and the property reeks of pure, menacing evil. Eventually they call in the help of a local ghost-hunting couple to document the case and research its history.

It was the early 70s, the real Ghostbusters (pun intended) were still in college.

About 80% of The Conjuring works. The dread, the suspense, and the inability to comprehend what is really lurking in the darkness of the house makes for great horror. The girls see...something, but we don't. It's a lot like Robert Wise's The Haunting, which is kind of ironic since Lily Taylor, who plays the mother, was in the 1999 remake of that movie, which was full of all the worst horror clichés and set-ups, as well as excessive CGI. It's like Taylor wanted to set the balance straight by doing a movie that took the opposite, and more intelligent, approach.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Corey S. Newcombe on 16 Sep 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Carolyn and Roger Perron move their family into a Rhode Island farm house and soon strange things start happening that cause the family dismay.

In desperation, Carolyn contacts paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, to examine the house.

What the Warrens discover is a demonic haunting that is now targeting the family. To stop this, the Warrens will have to call upon all their skills and strength to defeat this, before it destroys everyone involved.....

Now the trailers for this movie genuinely scared the living daylights out of me, and I thought that this could finally be a decent horror film that could really shock the audience on mood alone, rather than loud noises that cause you to jump.

And the first act does have that sinister feel to it, really gloomy and adequately scary without the additives of gore and loud strings.

But as soon as Wilson and Farmiga are introduced to the narrative proper, the film loses its way, and it just turns into another quiet........quiet.........quiet............Bang!!!! movie, that makes you jump because it's just so blooming loud, and it turns into a chore rather than a horror movie.

But its a shame, because the cast are great, and the first 30 minutes are terrifying and really get under your skin, and it had the potential to be such a great horror, but then it belongs to the family of horror, much like insidious, that relies on strange make up effects, and awkward humour, there's even the comedy sidekicks in this, that lie dormant in the film.

But people have lapped this up, and when they watch it again, without a huge theatre audience, they'll realise that it wasn't that great after all, they just enjoyed the atmosphere of the cinema......
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