The Conjuring (15)

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Reviewer Melmoth
04/08/2013
Not sure at all why this movie gets 5 stars. It is ok. Enjoyable in parts, especially in a packed movie theatre where the reactions of the (mostly 15 year-old) audience will probably be more entertaining that what is on the screen. I’m always slightly sceptical though of a horror movie with a 15 rating, and this is no exception. It is nothing you won't have seen before. Take a tablespoon of The Exorcist, a teaspoon of Poltergeist, a pinch of The Last Exorcism - in fact, of almost any exorcism movie from the last 30 years - mix them all together and bake by half. Sound is used to great dramatic effect throughout, but what is on the screen rarely achieves the same impact. ‘Based on a true story’, the film neglects entirely any exploration of the female adolescent psycho-sexual energy in a family of five daughters that may have been driving some of the bumps in the night in real life. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are good as the demonologists but I am sure you can see them trying hard not to laugh at some of the silly dialogue and even sillier histrionics. The last 15 minutes or so are just plain daft, and the quotation at the end treats you like the idiot that you will feel for having sat through it. Note to the director: it is always much better to play such stories so that it all just might be the characters imagining things and going mad, rather than the core assumption of the movie being 'the devil exists and demons exist too' – uncertainty is far more scary.
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