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The Conjuring Review

The Conjuring  Rating: 3.63/5

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site: Masand’s Verdict :CNN IBN (IBN Live)

It takes a film as old fashioned and as classically structured as The Conjuring to remind us that it’s the little things that can deliver the biggest scares. It’s true we’ve seen creaking floorboards and dusty basements a thousand times before, but he knows just how to exploit them for maximum effect. I’m not easily scared, but more than once during The Conjuring I found myself jumping in my seat.I’m going with three-and-a-half out of five for The Conjuring. It’s a nice throwback to the moody horror films of the 70s. Wear long sleeves when you go to the cinema, or you risk your date digging her nails into your arm.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Renuka Vyavahare Site:Times Of India (TOI)

Most horror films claim to be ‘based on real life incidents’. While they rarely live up to the hype around them, The Conjuring is an exception. The atmosphere build-up begins even before the film does, as a disclaimer is flashed before the opening credits, warning you that you might seek psychological help after watching the movie. The strategy works, as the film can scare the living daylights out of you. While we didn’t feel the need to undergo any counselling, unsettling it certainly was. Wan does not succumb to sensationalising the story either. It’s the subtle and steady build-up of suspense and psychological tension, coupled with sudden spine-chilling scares and dramatic silences that make you go numb with fear. Note: You may not like the film if you find psychological horror films disturbing.

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Ratings:4.5/5 Review By: Tushar Joshi Site:DNA

The Conjuring is a throwback tribute to the classic The Amityville Horror style of film making. The Conjuring uses elements from both these films to create an original setting. There isn’t a single dull moment, you are on the edge of your seat rooting and praying the family triumphs over their satanic adversary. Make up and special effects are remarkable. Easily one of the scariest horror films to come out in the recent past, The Conjuring is smartly written, tightly edited and brilliantly executed. Be ready to get your daylights spooked out!

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Pratyush Site:Bookmyshow

Spooky/Horror films in the last few years haven’t really been impressive. The Conjuring, however, is a different ball game. It will spook the daylights out of you. Well, atleast most of you. This is a movie that you want to go for with the intention of getting scared.The story is pretty much a usual run-of-the-mill horror flick. Like all horror movies, there are ghosts, demons and yes, exorcisms. But this movie will impress you in quite a spooky way. Unless of course you have watched too many horror films. The movie is fun to watch no doubt. It does not really slow down and neither will it get the audience bored. The movie does have quite a few scenes that will make you shudder and squeal (well, probably a little).

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  1. THE CONJURING: picturesque horror that smells real & fresh [3/5]

    The most impressive horror films are that don’t strive to trick you by gimmicks and visual stunts but the ones that make you succumbed to the indecisive ambiance of the happenings and the unsure serenity of the site….and, to your good luck, if it comes with the ‘based on true story’ tag, chances are on positive side that you are going to have a lethally overwhelming movie-viewing experience of a good horror film, just as I had with James Wan’s THE CONJURING!

    Film wipes off the layers of dust from a super-natural case, successfully buried in the history by Ed and Lorraine Warren- famous professional paranormal researchers of 1970’s. It was the time when supernatural practices like exorcism were authorized by churches. In such circumstances, the Warrens are called off to investigate paranormal activities in the sweet home of a family having 5 young innocent daughters.

    The fact that the incidents are as real as it could be and the riveting direction with all the earnestness and integrity to keep it equally simple & subtle, makes it much more than regular horror flicks. So, you might have to wait in length for your first encounter with the unknown as the film in first half intelligently does take its own time to set things up for you. But trust me, once you’re in, you will never find a way out without noticing drastic ups & downs in your pulse-rate and some awe-struck moments where heart comes in mouth.

    Watch out for the scene where one of the girls finds out some paranormal thing looking at her from the dark behind the door, you never see a thing but still you feel as scared as she is. In another, Lorraine the investigator bumps into a sheet of cloth in the air, taking shape of a human body and then disappearing into a woman in the window-glass.

    The list is quite long with such acts but despite being a horror film, I don’t consider them the only biggest merits of the film. Others two are the picture-perfect cinematography and the performances. I don’t remember a horror film having such good pleasantly fascinating camera-work, especially in the day-light where narrative focuses on the emotional quotient of the story. Vera Farmiga as an intrepid investigator and an emotionally sensitive mother, switches on & off to both the parts very well. Patrick Wilson as a dedicated ghost-hunter plays it just right.

    Overall, THE CONJURING is not a regular but well made-nicely cinematographed exhilarating ride that keeps you caught into your seats with a good number of scary moments. Do not miss it if you love to see yourself scared like anything.

  2. Nice review Gaurav
    Just a note. The review content seems like a 4 or 5 on 5. But the rating is an average 3/5.
    Maybe you need to provide negative remarks as well that justify the average rating
    But overal, nice job. Keep it up

  3. @Admin: Although I understand only print & noted reviewers are considered in this website, I believe you should start taking Gaurav Rai's ratings & reviews into consideration in your website & link it to his blogspot as well
    His reviews r d most genuine & way better than most of the reviewers that are being considered here.

    • Hi Gaurav. Heard a lot about The Shining (1980).
      And I was surprised that how much overhyped it is. It never scared me. It was so boring. …not much interesting too sparing the first hour.
      Only plus points were the great Cinematography and Jack Nicholson' s hilariously funny performance.
      It's too bad.

  4. Hi Gaurav,
    Thanks for your elaborate review. I see only appreciations in our review, then why this rating of 3/5 ? I have not yet watched the movie, but your rating does not justify such a positive review. The movie is being compared to the likes of "The Shining" and "Poltergeist".

  5. hi all,

    sincere apology for creating a confusion 🙂 but exactly my point that i had missed is it is not as innovative and original as 'the shining'. it is a well made horror film but far from being cliches at times, reason could be that the story belongs to 70's and even James Wan never tries to corrupt it with adding inventions to it. so, what we see is good but since you have watched so many horror movies already, the originality is a miss. i should have pointed out that but sometimes i don't because i really love to talk good things about the film.

    thanks for such valuable comments…


  6. that's so kind of you, dear friend! but even i don't think this is a good idea. i am not a reviewer but an amateur who loves cinema and loves writing about it. that's it, criticizing is just another world. anyways, i am really grateful for your enthusiasm! many thanks 🙂


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