The Conjuring Film Review

As a new edition to the LYHFL blog, we have decided that every so often, on a Friday there will be a review of the latest films that have recently been released. There has been an array of interesting films over the past couple of months, the fabulous Great Gatsby, along with the beautiful Les Miserables. To carry on with our theme of red, and the connotations it has, we also decided to review a film that has been known to be incredibly scary. 

The Conjuring Film Review

As a new edition to the LYHFL blog, we have decided that every so often, on a Friday there will be a review of the latest films that have recently been released. There has been an array of interesting films over the past couple of months, the fabulous Great Gatsby, along with the beautiful Les Miserables. To carry on with our theme of red, and the connotations it has, we also decided to review a film that has been known to be incredibly scary. 

The Conjuring, directed by James Wan is the most successful horror film since Paranormal Activity, with the US Box Office raking in a massive $100 million. This film screams horror, whether that may be through the freaky doll characters, or the typically generic squeaky floorboards. The Conjuring really does have the ability to outright scare you. Before I saw this film I really had no idea what it was about, I hadn’t seen a trailer for it or read about it. So in some ways, it was nice not to have all the scary bits shown to you before you’ve seen it! I honestly didn’t have high expectations; most of the recent horror films are just re-visited narratives being played out by different actors in different locations. You expect to jump out of your seat, and you expect to have the hot clamminess on your hands as you squint your eyes in fear. Yet, the latest horror films that have been out are merely quite boring, it’s pretty obvious there is something living in the house, making those weird noises and someone or something will have to have an exorcism at some point, right?

Anyway..

The film is based on a close family of five girls who live with their mum and dad. They have recently moved into a new home and start to find things are very strange. First it’s the clocks all stopping at 3.07 in the morning, then it’s the loud noises and the dramatic sudden death of their dog, Sandy. Whilst this is happening, we get to know about a couple that deals with demonic behaviour and specialize with the supernatural. Their names are Ed and Lorraine Warren and throughout the film they help this family uncover the demon and try to destroy it, after the Mother Caroline sought their help after she had had enough of the bizarre goings on within their isolated farmhouse. But it’s not all that simple. The demon has been captured within Caroline without her knowing, and now she wants to kill her children. All five of them. Through screams, blood, scary ghost noises and chilling jumps, this film isn’t the ordinary horror film you’d expect.

Blimey you may think, it’s all a bit dramatic and strange, but really this film is very good and it’s only towards the end does it kick off and start to get a bit manic. There are some scenes that aren’t that realistic, which in a way is good, it means we can relax a little bit and not get as scared or believe it’s real..even if it did say it was based on a true story. (it can’t be, can it?)

Plus, the film was also set in the 1970’s, which I loved! I spotted a few gorgeous classic ornaments and absolutely loved their outfits, the tight high waisted jeans were my favourite! So, if you’re interested in horror films and are a fan of being scared to death for the adrenaline rush, this really is one to watch. Plus, you can always distract yourself and concentrate on the fine floral wallpaper and the classic Chevy car in the yard.