Reporting Julie Fisk
“The Conjuring” stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as real-life paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren.
You might not realize it but you’re already familiar with Ed & Lorraine Warren. They’re the same couple who tried to exorcise the Amityville Horror house and it’s rumored that the tiny-exorcist from “Poltergiest” was based on Lorraine Warren. They’ve made a career out of creepy houses but the subject of “The Conjuring” is supposedly one of their most difficult and terrifying cases. Yes, this movie is BASED on a true story, but it’s hard to tell just how much truth you’ll find in it. That’s not really the point though. What matters about “The Conjuring” is that it’s terrifying in a good old-fashioned jump-out-of-your-seat way.
A husband a wife, played by Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor, move into a secluded farmhouse with their 5 daughters and things immediately get all kinds of creepy. Don’t expect extensive special effects, because “The Conjuring” gets the job done with dark corners and creepy camera angles. They’re not breaking any new ground here. You always KNOW when something scary is about to happen, but everything IN this house is so freaky, you don’t know which direction it’s coming from.
“The Conjuring” brings to mind classic scary films like “Poltergiest,” and even “JAWS,” thanks the groovy 1970’s backdrop. Yes, I’m comparing it to 2 of my all-time favorite movies and that’s why I’m giving “The Conjuring” an A. This film is PROOF that you don’t need CGI or expensive special effects to scare the bejeezus out of people.