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Aug 22, 2013
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How many times have you seen the words “based on a true story” attached to a horror film, only to leave the theater disappointed, unsatisfied, and giggling at faulty scare-tactics? We’re sure there have been many. This is an old gimmick that—save for The Amityville Horror and The Exorcism of Emily Rose—has been worn out and saturated by the abundance of “true-to-life” hauntings and possessions adapted for the silver screen…till now.

Time to enter the creaky, old mansion of the Perron family, headed by Carolyn (Lili Taylor) and Roger (Ron Livingston). Together with their five daughters, Andrea, Nancy, Christine, Cindy, and April, they inhabit this not-so-sleepy Rhode Island shack, which becomes a devil’s playground to a host of unwanted entities. Welcome to The Conjuring, the return of old-school horror. And the scariest thing about it is, it’s based on real events. Below you can read our own take on what makes the film scary-great, and on the last page, a list of things to help you recover peaceful nights.


                                            But first, something to cultivate more sleepless nights.

Like most horror films, the movie starts with a scary story (involving a creepy clown-like doll that puts Child’s Play’s Chuckie and Chaka Doll to shame) to introduce us to its brave protagonists: noted demonologists and paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). Immediately we are shown that theirs is a chosen profession that is both mocked and marveled at. It is the early ’70s and as a unit they struggle with decisions of practicality and safety, afraid their young daughter could fall prey to their decisions and endeavors.

And after a series of unexplainable events (phantom clapping hands, slamming doors, and things that tug in the night) befall the abovementioned Perron family, Ed and Lorraine are summoned, hoping to banish demonic and spiritual beings that won’t let the family rest come nighttime.

A lot of what makes this movie scary is in the way the film is built like an abandoned house, with parts that are as scary as its whole. A lot of the camera shots are long, tracking angles that when coupled with deafening silence makes the shock value even stronger. The artfully crafted horror is nerve-wracking, morphing the viewer’s mood by making the slightest movement or sound piss-worthy–and surely, you wouldn’t want to head to the bathroom alone with this one in your head.

NEXT: More scare tactics


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