Nicolò Grasso’s review published on Letterboxd:
I won't forget the first time I watched The Conjuring.
It was the end of August, and the owner of my local movie theater told me they were gonna keep the film for just one week, since horror movies don't attract a big audience in Italy (especially when forbidden to those under 14).
I called a friend, and we went to see the first screening available. There were only four other people in our screening, and the whole room felt very cold. But, by the end of the movie, I just couldn't stop sweating.
And this still happens, even at my fourth viewing.
The Conjuring is my favorite horror movie of all time. It does everything right: you get to know and care about the characters, the cinematography is excellent, the tension builds very slowly, the jumpscares are satisfying, the soundtrack is both subdued and loud, and the acting is truly perfect. I love watching Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson play Ed and Lorraine Warren, and the entire family of Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor is very convincing.
A must watch for fans of not only horror movies, but cinema in general. Sure, it may not be the most original in terms of actual plot, but I didn't find it to be derivative, and the execution by director James Wan is stellar.
Visual Effects: 9