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The Conjuring (2013)

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The Conjuring (2013)

For those of you that you know me, you know that I am a horror movie skeptic.  I get fed up with the endless slasher films and b-rated crap out there, so I usually only watch a horror movie if I think that it has potential.  With that said, I showed up to watch The Conjuring on opening night in theatres.

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The film is supposedly based on a true story.  It follows Ed and Lorraine Warren who are known as demonologists, or paranormal investigators.  The couple is called upon for help from a family who are experiencing horrific unexplained events in their new house.  The movie tells the story of the case that turned out to be the most disturbing during their entire career as investigators.

The movie was directed by James Wan and the noteworthy cast includes Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Shanley Caswell, Hayley McFarland, Joey King, Mackenzie Foy, Kyla Deaver, Shannon Kook, and John Brotherton.

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The Conjuring was spooky.  The film does a wonderful job of gradually building the tension until the creepy climax of the story where horror is all over the screen.  You’ll be able to feel the tingling down your spine from the chilling images scattered throughout the movie.

I think that I expected the film to be scarier.  However, it did have a good amount of horror throughout.  It was very tastefully made.  It definitely didn’t feel like it tried too hard.  It turned out to be just the right amount of freaky.  Any more might have made it less believable.

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For a horror movie, the acting was pretty decent, especially from Farmiga and Taylor.  This was a major contributing factor to the quality of the film because more often than not, scary movies have poor actors.

The movie was slow at times, but that didn’t really take away from it.  It just took its’ time building the tension.

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The special effects were spooktastic and very haunting.  It’s amazing what they can do these days.

Overall, if you are looking for a good creepshow, then look no further than The Conjuring.  It could quite possibly be the best horror movie of the year.

The Conjuring hallway hang

I rate this movie an 8.5 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.


Leave (2011)

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 Leave (2011)

Leave is a psychological thriller done in a similar style to that of The Machinist (2004).  The movie is an enjoyable enigma for you to figure out.

Henry (Rick Gomez) is a very successful author who becomes haunted by the same nightmare every night.  The nightmares started after he endured a shocking experience.  He begins to write a new book, but his writing all reverts back to his nightmare.  Paranoia ensues as he tries to figure out what the nightmare means.

Leave Rick Gomez

I did not have very high expectations for this movie.  I figured it would be a hit or miss.  It was not outstanding by any means, but it was a nice change from the norm and it held my attention throughout.  The film will transport you into a world of uncertainty.  What is truth and what is fiction?  It will keep you guessing all the way to the end.

I did expect Bryan Cranston to have a much larger part.  The cover of the movie is very deceiving because he is on it.  His role was a cameo at best.  He was in the movie for maybe a minute and a half.  The cast is a bunch of well known character-actors.  I think that Cranston is all over the advertising because he is the most well-known actor in the whole movie.  I think that it was a waste that he was not in more of the film.  I guess the advertising technique was successful because having not seen the trailer for the movie; I only had the cover to go by.  Thinking that it was a Bryan Cranston movie is what got me to watch it.  It is not a Bryan Cranston movie, but I’m glad that I watched it.

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Rick Gomez and Frank John Hughes do a lovely job of carrying the majority of the film with very minor supporting characters played by Vinessa Shaw, Ron Livingston, and M.C. Gainey.

Leave Frank John Hughes

If you enjoy puzzles and mindbenders, then this movie is for you.  There are many twists and turns and all sorts of clues in this mystery.  Can you figure it out?

I rate this movie a 7.5 out of 10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Rent.

If you liked Leave, then you will most likely enjoy the following films:

The Machinist (2004)

Wrecked (2010)

Trance (2013)

Trailer for The Conjuring (2013)

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The Conjuring (2013) (Click on the title for my full review)

I have mentioned before that I am not a huge fan of horror movies.  They are a dime a dozen these days and usually slasher films that lack a plot or a point.  That being said, I recognize when a movie looks like it could be scary and I do appreciate a horror movie if it is done right.  James Wan has shown us that he is capable of making brutal bloodbaths that he calls movies i.e. Saw (2004) and Dead Silence (2007).  But, when Wan directed Death Sentence (2007), he proved that he was very capable of making an awesome thriller.

From the preview, it appears that Wan has toned down the blood and decided to go more for the thrills.  It shows that it might have some potential.

The cast includes the likes of Lily Taylor, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, and Ron Livingston.

The film is set to hit theatres on 7/19/13.  Should be a good movie to bring the wife to.