Rated R by MPAA,112 minutes.
Stars:Patrick Wilson,Vera Farmiga,Lili Taylor
In 1971, Roger(Ron Livingston) and Carolyn Perron(Lili Taylor) move into an old Farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island with their five daughters. While playing a game, the daughters accidentally stumble upon a boarded up cellar.
Their dog refuses to come in, and is found dead the next morning. In the next few days, many such odd occurrences trouble the Perron family. Their life soon turns nightmarish when one night a witch like figure attacks one of their daughters and tells them she would kill their family.
In the light of these events, they decide to consult noted paranormal investigators Ed(Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren(Vera Farmiga).
Lorraine soon senses that a demonic spirit exists in the house, and they decide the house needs an exorcism. They set up thermal cameras in the houses, hoping to catch the spirits on film to gather some proof for exorcism.
When they dig up the history of the house they find that an accused witch sacrificed her week old infant there and hung herself from a tree top, proclaiming her love for Satan. She also put out a curse on anyone who would take her land. Further research showed that numerous murders and suicides had occurred in the houses built upon that property.
When thermal camera begins capturing Perrons' child Cindy while sleep walking, the Warrens realise that a spirit has attached itself to Cindy. When Cindy hides in a secret compartment behind a wardrobe, Lorraine goes there to investigate. She falls through to the cellar, where she finds the spirits of the people the witch had possessed in the past.
Lorraine comes to a starling realization:The sole purpose of the witch is to possess the mother and kill the child.
While the Warrens try to convince Father Gordan to perform exorcism, they come to know that Carolyn has taken off with two of her daughters. Racing against time, they have to stop her and get rid of the witch possessing Carolyn. They know what fate would befall them if they don't....
The Conjuring succeeds in maintaining good pace throughout out the movie.It is thoroughly engaging, and the acting is very good from all of those involved. The movie delivers on thrills and scares, in some scenes I literally got goosebumps. Great screenplay and direction keep the audience on the edge of their seats the entire time.
Add to that the fact that a "real" story is the movie's inspiration, The Conjuring is certainly one of the better horror films around.
James Wan surely has a knack for directing small budget blockbuster horror films. He directed Saw which had a budget of $1.2 million and ended up grossing $103 million worldwide, while Insidious raked up $97 million with a modest budget of $1.5 million.
Conjuring has already crossed the 100 million mark at the domestic box office, and it has started off well internationally.
James Wan is probably expecting to break these records though, with Fast and Furious 7 set to release in July 2014.