Thursday, July 18, 2013

Creepy Construction

The Conjuring       Final Cut Score: 88%


Recycling the sinister-doll portion of his 2007 stinker Dead Silence and soldering it to his possession-themed frightfest Insidious, director James Wan's latest, The Conjuring, delivers some goosebump-inducing scares behind superlative performances from esteemed thespians Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.

Set with great effectiveness in the early '70s, Wilson and Farmiga are Ed and Lorraine Warren, real-world, New England-based "demonologists" out to vanquish an super-evil spirit terrorizing the Perron family – mom (Lili Taylor), dad (Ron Livingston) and their five daughters – in the septet's dilapidated 19th-century Rhode Island domicile.

Doors slam, ghosts appear in mirrors and the girls are dragged around the house by their hair, while mommy goes all Linda Blair, forcing the Warrens to unleash their magical powers of exorcism.

Supported by Joseph Bishara's spine-chilling score, it's creepy as hell, but "terrifying" would be taking things a tad too far. Though it did have me thinking: Thank God I live in newish construction.