Director James Wan (Saw, Insidious 1 & 2) directs another horror outing that sees yet another malevolent spirt losing their rag about something and of course, once again, the spiteful spectre targets an innocent family. Of course the new residents that move into such an ‘inviting’ house spend most of their time petrified and screaming, completely unaware of why their world is descending into a waking nightmare…that is until they call in the ghostbusters.
"Now before anyone jumps in to complain about the film being the standard horror fare, I would ask if you are watching the film properly?"
The Conjuring is an easy movie to review because it’s simply a remix of the type of haunted house movies that have been coming out since 2009. In its defence I would say that it is very well put together and is entertaining and scary enough to keep anyone engaged.
Now before anyone jumps in to complain about the film being the standard horror fare, I would ask if you are watching the film properly? Horror films should be watched in the dark, with a decent volume and preferably by yourself. The reward of a horror film comes from being scared, that is its purpose. If the unapologetic entity wrecking havoc on screen is in no way affecting you, it might be because you are watching this film with 12 mates with the lights on and are talking all the way through the movie. You can’t absorb the creepy atmosphere of any film, if you have created your own safe one. All you are doing is robbing yourself of the experience and perhaps you should stick to the likes of Crank 2 where paying attention would do your brain more harm than good.