With the release of the sequel, I recently purchased The Conjuring. I wanted to familiarize myself with the storyline, just in case. I can't believe that I had forgotten just how fantastic this movie is! It has all the elements of a superb horror flick, and in my opinion, no weaknesses.
The acting is incredible. From Patrick Wilson to Vera Farmiga, otherwise known as the 'horror power couple', there are no weak links among the cast. Patrick Wilson is no stranger to the genre, starring in the first two Insidious movies, not to mention an abundance of other great films. Vera is also no stranger to spookiness, playing Norma Bates in the critically acclaimed TV series 'Bates Motel'. These are two of the strongest horror actors I have ever seen on screen. They are worthy of being listed among horror legends such as Neve Campbell, Jamie-Lea Curtis, Christina Ricci, and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
I was pleasantly surprised to see Lili Taylor, who some may recognize from the Netflix original series 'Hemlock Grove', or 'The Haunting', where she co-starred among Hollywood legends such as Catherine Zeta-Jones and Liam Neeson. Her portrayal of a possessed mother was chilling yet enticing.
Working hand-in-hand with the terrific acting are the many skilled special effects makeup artists. They ensure that the demonic possessions look real and of course, petrifying. Then we have the special effects in general. From flying objects to characters dragged across the floor by spirits, there is no shortage of impressive and scary effects.
Speaking of which, the movie genuinely was horrifying. I was wearing a sweater of goosebumps for most of the movie. Most horror movies are satisfied with a few quick scares, but not this one. This film wants to mortify you, and it does! Whether it's the possession, the actual spirit, the moving furniture, or unsettling history, something will truly haunt you in this flick.
The originality of the story was inspired. Without giving away too much, we have a malicious spirit who wants to inhabit an individual. This is just the tip of the iceberg. The history of the house and spirit is both fascinating and unnerving. All of it is neatly tied together in a well-paced and expertly structured movie.
Overall, a scary, addictive, and original horror movie that will become one of your instant favourites!
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