"The Conjuring" isn't breaking any new ground or doing something we haven't seen many times before, but it's made with a lot of skill and style.
Director James Wan made the first and best "Saw" movie, and while there's very little blood in "The Conjuring," it delivers plenty of scares by building tension to a fever pitch, and often using your imagination against you.
Set in the early 70s "The Conjuring" claims to be working with a true story as a family is terrorized by something in their house. They call in a pair of paranormal investigators, a married couple played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. It doesn't take long for the investigators to realize, yeah, there's something going on here.
"The Conjuring" is the kind of horror movie that uses common things like creaks and bumps to scare the living daylights out of you - not needing to rely on buckets of gore. It might be predictable, but it'll still make you jump out of your seat. And get this: one of the dimmed lights in the movie theater I was in flickered throughout the movie, and it stopped afterwards.
Horror movie enthusiasts will also notice sly shout-outs to classics like "The Exorcist" and "The Shining." James Wan is obviously a fan of the genre, and he's becoming a reliable leader in it.
EPPLER'S RATING: * * *
Out of five stars