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Hollywood Movie Review: The Conjuring

The Conjuring
Everyone on Facebook and Twitter are talking about how they screamed and shouted to their lungs as they got hooked up to the horror flick The Conjuring. Directed by James Wan, the film tells the story of paranormal couple Ed and Lorrain Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) who were asked to help a family that's been under an evil speel in a secluded farmhouse. The couple did not know that they were about to face the most "horrifying case of their lives."

Critics were all praises for the plot and for the film's director.

Cath Clarke of Time Out wrote: "Wan builds mounting dread with silence and suspense, lingering the camera unsettlingly long here, creaking a door there."

Meanwhile, New Yorker's Bruce Diones hailed Wan for building "many bumps in the night into a small Hitchcockian symphony of terror by way of long, eerie tracking shots, dramatic silences, and sudden scares that are frighteningly immersive.

After watching the movie, Ian Buckwalter of The Atlantic wrote "...there were moments where it seemed the entire theater was holding its breath. We were united in one feeling: terror."

Peter Howell of Toronto Star wrote: "This is a horror film where a pair of suddenly clapping hands gives you the heebie-jeebies," praising Wan for not cheating "with his jump scares."

"None of it is particularly bloody or violent, but young Wan and twin screenwriters Chad and Carey Hayes, up to now mostly unheralded in the horror genre, fashion a harrowing montage of thrills from beginning to end," John Urbancich of Sun Newspapers of Cleveland.

Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a "certified fresh" tomatometer of 86 percent, saying: "well-crafted and gleefully creepy, The Conjuring ratchets up dread through a series of effective old-school scares."

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