I get extremely excited about horror movies because I’m still optimistic that Hollywood would conjure (see what I did there?) a reasonable horror film. Lately though horror films now consist of cheap gimmicks. Based on a true story The Conjuring is directed by James Wan (Saw, Dead Silence, Insidious) stars Patrick Wilson (Watchmen, Insidious) and Vera Farmiga (The Departed, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Bates Motel) as Ed and Lorraine Warren who investigate paranormal activity in the home of the Perron Family, a family of seven.
Cast of the Perron Family
- Lili Taylor as Carolyn Perron
- Ron Livingston as Roger Perron
- Shanley Caswell as Andrea Perron
- Hayley McFarland as Nancy Perron
- Joey King as Christine Perron
- Mackenzie Foy as Cindy Perron
- Kyla Deaver as April Perron
I have to say that James Wan does know the art of surprise. Wan knows when to leave us at suspense, whether it’s showing too little, or using familiar objects and areas that we can relate to. There were some great acts, some annoying ones as well, but I wouldn’t call it Farmiga or Wilson best performances. I came in with high expectation but left disappointed. The Conjuring felt too much like Insidious, it was a different story and cast but with the same approach, from the directing style, props, and scare tactics. It was all too forgettable and fails to connect the viewers with the story. There nothing scary about The Conjuring besides its potential sequel.
Rate: Sleeping like a baby tonight