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The Conjuring

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Once again the catch phrase 'based on a true story' is being utilized as a major marketing tool to promote THE CONJURING, 2013 starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, and Lili Taylor. Whether or not this representation of facts from 1971 is accurate or not has been hotly debated by critics worldwide. What you can be sure of is that fact that the director has presented audiences with a truly terrifying story that is well worth your entertainment dollar.

Based on the true story of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, we follow the couple at the height of their professional career as they explore the reported sightings and violent attacks in the home of Roger and Carolyn Peron in Harrisville, Rhode Island. During their investigation, the Warren's subsequently reveal the tragic murder/suicides that took place on the remote homestead back in 1863, immediately connecting the historical tragedies to the Peron's present day hauntings.

With minimal use of digitally created special effects, THE CONJURING does not rely on cheap 'jump scares' to make us squirm. This movie will genuinely unnerve you with its expertly negotiated tension and building levels of violence. Although investigator Ed Warren passed away in 2006, his 86 year old wife Lorraine was a consultant on the film and a notable presence on the film set. Her experience proving invaluable to actors and producers alike as of June of 2013, a sequel has already announced.  NOTE: The Warren's museum of haunted artifacts (including the Annabell Doll) is presently open for tours in Monroe, Connecticut.

Expertly directed by James Wan, you may recognize veteran actor Lili Taylor from the big-budget horror THE HAUNTING, 1999 and newcomer Mackenzie Foy from THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN: PART II, 2012.  Filmed with minimal color, the retro feel of THE CONJURING will successfully transport you back to the seventies. Rated R, 112 mins, Horror, Thriller, **** 4 stars out of 5.

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Reviewed by Lynne Martin August 12, 2013
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