By WYATT MADDEN
progress@eku.edu

 

‘The Conjuring’, directed by James Wan, is based on two paranormal events in history. The first is the Annabelle Higgins doll possession, and the second is the Salem Witch Trials. The film is centered on the studies of Ed and Lorraine Warren, (two well-known demonologists of the last 50 years.) as well as events that occurred in Rhode Island to the Perron Family.

The film starts with an introduction to possession using the Annabelle Higgins doll. This gives you a gentle coercion into what you’re about to watch while being subtle about it. Annabelle (the doll) performs some paranormal activities that are tame compared to the rest of the film.

This is where things get interesting. The Perron family moves into an old farm house in Harrisville, R.I. that is absolutely gorgeous. It’s located near a lake and has its own dock. All was good, or so they thought. Things then being to get really, really weird.

This is where ‘The Conjuring’ takes a turn from the ‘normal’ horror film aspect. Instead of having brutalized deaths and plenty of gore, you barely see any. One moment you’re watching the film and absolutely nothing is going on; the next moment you are dodging popcorn kernels thrown by your neighbor at the image of a smiling corpse screaming at the camera.

The rest  of the movie remains interesting, unlike other horror films that are completely predictable. You’re constantly waiting for the next piece of the puzzle; a constant thought as to what will happen next. Even after you watch the film, you want to research these cases just to see what inspired the story.

The only thing wrong with the film is the transitioning of plot. Why is Annabelle even there? I thought this was a film about a God-hating witch. Annabelle seems to be a pointless addition to the whole plot. Without giving too much away, she does make an appearance later in the film. But even then, she seems meaningless. It’s as though she is only there as an icon of horror.

The film mixes elemts of films like ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘The Ring,’ without an extreme amount of brutality. If you are into paranormal events and really just want a break from the normal ‘slasher’ horror film, then I definitely recommend ‘The Conjuring.’

5 Comments

  1. Yes, the movie is all about the Warrens with some of the Perron Family investigation used. The Warrens put into the movie things from their other cases including the “doll” which was NOT part of the original story. Also, the family was raised Catholic and are NOT Atheists as mentioned in the movie. Mr. Perron was a jewelry salesman and not just a truck driver. Also, the major difference is the “Exorcism” at the end of the movie which never happened. However, there was a Seance by the Warrens which opened up many more terrible happenings in the Perron home. The Warrens did not stay at their house, either. Take the movie as just a representation of what the Warrens were involved in with some of their other cases. The real truth is even scarier!! Read “House of Darkness, House of Light” written by Andrea Perron.

    • Wyatt Madden says:

      Ah. I went into the viewing with a minimum amount of knowledge on the Warrens and the Perrons. In fact, I’ve never even heard of the possessed doll until I watched the movie. Thank you for the book suggestion Pat.

  2. You’ll enjoy the movie where ever you are, but you’ll enjoy A Perron’s book even more.. Hope you enjoy the movie Deborah.. Jarrad.. Perth Australia ..

  3. I cannot comment on the contents of this movie.I understand it mainly revolves around Ed and Lorraine Warren and their information.This movie has not been shown down in this part of Oklahoma.Do not discredit it until we have all seen the movie and can make our own judgement. Thank you

    • Wyatt Madden says:

      Deborah,
      I enjoyed the movie. Quite a lot actually. This was just a review. You’ll definitely enjoy the film, but it’s plot-line was just a bit diluted.
      -Cheers

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