ARY24’s review published on Letterboxd:
“Unsettling and compelling horror film”
[India Holiday Watch #7]
It’s Halloween season! The scariest month of the year! So I’ll be watching a few horror films. Starting off with the Conjuring universe. Been hearing amazing things about this for so long and I finally got to see it today. All I can say is that it definitely lived up to my expectations.
These types of projects wouldn’t usually be my cup of tea, but this film and a TV show called Midnight Mass are really proving me wrong. This is absolutely excellent horror film. My favourite part of it was the story and atmosphere. The story itself sets itself up from the very beginning and it never lets go of your grasp. The story itself is really intriguing, disturbing and most of all compelling. Once this story kicks in action.. you can’t stop watching. This story is then surrounded by a very uneasy and eerie atmosphere that constantly disturbs you and keeps you in its grasp. The performances in this film are all 💯‘s across the board. Starting off with Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson who are incredible as the warrens. The believability of their performances is exceptional. Watching them.. it really feels like these are two paranormal investigators who are demanding to solve this case. But can we take a second to appreciate the performances of everyone in the family! I didn’t recognise any of the actors in the family (apart from Joey King) and they all surprised me. What we should keep in mind is that if it weren’t for their performances… the moments with their frightened acting would have been very cringey and we would’ve been laughing at the performances. But we aren’t. Because their performances feel so authentic and realistic… we aren’t laughing, we’re worried. For that we also have to appreciate James Wan. The amount of effort he put into keeping everything feeling grounded, authentic, realistic is some really commendable work. His direction was always on point and you could never feel his absence in the directing chair. The pacing was really good and the film never feels like it ever goes off track. Plus the sound design is immaculate and really haunting.
I do have to say though.. this didn’t scare me at all. I always felt the tension and the atmosphere was clinging on to me but.. the film never scared me. That didn’t bother me at all.. I just wanted to mention this. Also I do want to mention.. I did watch this on a phone (as well as the past three films I watched) so that may have affected my experience, but still I did end up really loving it. The only nitpick I have was during the exorcism sequence. That sequence was really well done however I do think that the scares felt a little bit laughable despite all the effort put into it. Plus I think that the middle section of the film slowed down a bit. However, I don’t really have any major issues with it.
Overall, The Conjuring is probably one of my favourite horror films and also one of the best I’ve ever seen. I don’t want to rewatch this one anytime soon.. but it’s pretty memorable.
Next review: Annabelle, The Conjuring 2