The Conjuring

The Conjuring ★★★★

One of the few horror films that manages to genuinely creep me the fuck out. This excels as a haunted house film because it doesn’t shy away from the trademarks of the genre — the closing doors, the flying items, the spectral appearances. But it’s also grounded by its sense of urgency, and never relies too strongly on the paranormal elements that often take centre stage in films of this ilk. 

The layout of the house is established perfectly at the start of the film, through a single take that details exactly where each room lies, and makes the rest of the film flow with ease, as each moment of terror or jump scare works because of the audience’s familiarity with the location. It seems simple but this is how horror films should function, and it’s shocking how few actually do. By the explosive third act I’m already so sucked into the story that any silly or unnecessary event barely matters, because it’s constant edge-of-your-seat horror action and it just works in every way. 

“The devil exists. God exists. And for us, as people, our very destiny hinges upon which one we elect to follow.”

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