Film Review: The Conjuring

Film Review: The Conjuring

Thrillist Screens The Conjuring
By Zondra Hughes

Thrillist Chicago (Twitter: @ThrillistChi) screened The Conjuring recently at the posh Icon Theatres in Chicago’s loop. The sneak preview created the ultimate film interactive experience by offering digital photos (that superimposes the creepy ghost image behind you) and a real noose; add the open bar and a top notch horror flick, and Thrillist threw one hell of a fright fest.

On to the film: Two of the horror genre’s most chilling franchises, Amityville and the Exorcist, bore a demon child and its name is The Conjuring.

The Conjuring follows paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren who find themselves in the throes of horror when they work to help the Perron family rid a demon in their midst. The family–a truck driver husband, stay-at-home mom, and five daughters–are under siege by angry apparitions, suicidal birds that seem to aim for their windows, and the creepiest version of hide-and-seek ever played. The end result is a white-knuckled demon thriller so convincing that your heart races when you hear the slightest noise in your own home. It doesn’t help matters that The Conjuring is allegedly based on a true event.

The haunted house theme plays itself effectively in the creaky old home with more entranceways and hidey holes than the spooky hotel in The Shining. And yes, our very own Glencoe, Illinois actress Lili Taylor’s she-devil exorcism gives Linda Blair’s vomit spewing Exorcist a run for her money.

Do you hear that sound? Hopefully, it’s the writers hammering out the script for the sequel. It’s warranted.
The Conjuring is directed by James Wan; screenplay by Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes. The film stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston.

The Conjuring opens everywhere July 19th.
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