The Conjuring: Nice House, Shame About the Ghost

by Ethan Alter July 19, 2013 6:00 am
<i>The Conjuring</i>: Nice House, Shame About the Ghost

Since bursting into the business with the first Saw movie back in 2004, it almost feels as if every horror movie James Wan has made since functions as, in one way or another, an apology for kick-starting the franchise that’s become synonymous with torture porn. 2007's Dead Silence, for example, was a mostly gore-free ghost story where the boogeyman was a squad of possesses ventriloquists dolls, while 2010's Insidious channeled the spooky '80s favorite Poltergeist in its depiction of a young child seduced by forces from the other side. (That low-budget chiller performed so well, a sequel -- also directed by Wan -- is due out in September.) And now here comes The Conjuring, which is essentially Wan's unofficial remake of the 1979 hit The Amityville Horror. Like that earlier film, it takes place in a seemingly picturesque homestead that's revealed to be a hotbed of such paranormal activity as clocks stopping at an appointed time in the dead of night (3:07 AM to be exact, a mere eight minutes before James Brolin always felt compelled to head out to the boathouse), strange noises in empty rooms and freaky spirits who pop up out of the woodwork at inopportune, yet perfectly timed, moments. The Conjuring, though, happens to be the best Amityville Horror movie ever made, leaving the original and its many sequels, reboots and imitators in the dust.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

by Ethan Alter October 22, 2013 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

James Wan's The Conjuring will provide the fear factor for your pre-Halloween viewing pleasure.

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