It’s not often that films based on true stories are praised by those the film is about, but in the case of James Wan’s latest haunted house flick The Conjuring, Lorraine Warren was a consultant on the film and has expressed high praise for the adaption.
The haunting of the Perron family is one of few cases that the Warrens refused to speak of; until now. Ed and Lorraine Warren, husband and wife paranormal investigation team, were called out to help a family experiencing paranormal activity back in 1971. 42 years later, Wan’s film adaption of the story stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as the famous ghost hunting duo who have to face possibly the most disturbing case they’ve ever seen.
The Conjuring is every bit a James Wan film, he makes the genre his own and has really honed his talent. Not only does the film hark back to moody horror films of the 70’s, which is apt considering the time in which it’s set, but it is also reminiscent of Wan’s earlier horror hit Insidious with its intrusive, wailing soundtrack that’s enough to set your teeth on edge. Wan builds a likeable, believable set of characters with an opening sequence that presents the Perron’s as a normal, happy family so unlike a lot of horror films we actually care what happens to them. The casting is brilliant, representing the Perron’s with all five children was a large undertaking and a risky move that the studio weren’t too happy about, but it makes the film all the more realistic and tense.
The scenery and costume is all done to a T and looks beautifully authentic and the house is stunning yet eerie, no expense has been spared in creating the perfect horror film setting. Wan masters the technique of skipping a beat before delivering a crap-yourself jump-scare, making it impossible to judge when you need to bury your face in your hands, and the film is anything but predictable.
It’s high time a decent horror film was delivered to the cinemas and The Conjuring surpasses expectations and is completely deserving of the hype. With the amazing looking You’re Next coming out at the end of the month, it seems August 2013 is a good month for us horror fans. The Conjuring will give even the most hardened of horror watchers, like myself, a trip back in time to the days when horror films scared you witless and sent you behind the cushions in terror. James Wan is fast becoming a horror genius, and The Conjuring is definitely one to see in the cinemas. Just hold on to your popcorn!