Tuesday, October 30, 2018


Previous Rank: 7

Director: James Wan
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor
Scare Meter: 9/10
Scare Tactics: imagery, atmosphere, sound, a pastiche of many horror film elements

IMDb Plot Summary: "Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse."

James Wan is a true master of horror. Otherwise, he wouldn't have been able to top Saw and Insidious. But he did. Not necessarily in scares (Insidious is still scarier, in my opinion), but in just making a great film overall. The Conjuring is a more tightly constructed and more grounded film than its predecessors, and of course it's pretty darn terrifying. What's great about it is that the film throws practically every horror genre fixture at you, but you'll relish it. Vera Farmiga gives one of the all time best performances in the genre. Outstanding on all levels.

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