Movie Details

The Conjuring

Director James Wan`s ("Saw", "Insidious") new horror film "The Conjuring" that is allegedly based on true events stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as a pair of paranormal investigators who are hired by a couple who has recently moved into a farm house with their children that seems haunted. The pair is based on the Perron family, who claim to have experienced a terrifying haunting during the 1970s.

Language: English
Subtitle: Mandarin
Classification: NC16
Release Date: 8 Aug 2013
Genre: Thriller / Horror
Running Time: 1 Hour 52 Minutes
Distributor: WARNER BROS
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor
Director: James Wan
Format: 2D


Writer: Jillian Cheong

Writer Ratings:

Watch this if you liked: "Insidious"

Be prepared to be scared out of your wits as we delve into the lives of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a couple who are also paranormal investigators. Based on a true story, the couple is best known for their involvement with The Amityville Horror case, until now, as another one of their cases, as seen in "The Conjuring", is unlocked.

The film which is set in the early 70's, where bell bottoms are the "in" trend, shows us that paranormal investigation has long been an interest of the citizens of America. The couple are somewhat of celebrities who give small scale lectures in various cities in the United States to share their insights on their most popular investigations. With each lecture, the couple never fails to intrigue and interest the crowd, considering the amount of raised hands.

But the main focus of the film centres on the hauntings of the Perron family as they move into their new countryside farmhouse in Harrisville. The roles have turned this time around, Patrick Wilson who plays the role of Ed Warren is no longer the prey of being demonically possessed as previously seen in "Insidious", but instead performs paranormal investigations.

Malaysian-born director James Wan, who is widely known for his "Saw" franchise, really steps up his game in the horror genre with this film as he successfully captures the essence of the true story to be made into this spine-chilling movie. The shaky camera scenes accompanied with the exaggerated zooms really makes the audience feel that they are one with the film. Wan's take on the horror film is rather different to the usual built-up suspense scenes that we are accustomed to, as they are more of in-your-face kind of scare scenes. What you see is what you get.

After watching so many horror films, most of us should have learnt by now to always do thorough research before moving into a house as you wouldn't want you or your family to be caught in the midst of a demonic presence. Leaving the theatre, the reviewer felt pretty shaken up from the movie but still very much impressed with the film. This comes to show that even a Malaysian is capable of producing such a good horror film as it had such an effect on the audience based on the OMG's and screams heard throughout the movie.

Cinema Online, 25 July 2013
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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