Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The Conjuring — Nice … !

21st June, 2016

You know, I knew there was something I forgot to do.

No, really!

The past few months have seen me doing all sorts of things.


Mostly, worrying about my health and working.

Oh … And writing for both here, and for the Brentwood Gazette.

So … ?

I’ve not had as much time to devote to things I like — occasionally — to do.

Catch up with people.

Read a good book.

Watch some TV: although I’ve done a bit of that, recently.

Oh … and caught a film or two.

I’ve not caught a film or two in a long time.

I’ll be frank?   While I didn’t have much credit in my iTunes account?

I did have enough films in my collection I’d not seen to make it worth my while to go browsing through me, to see what I had.

You’re right.

I did pick The Conjuring … 

And, yes, I think ‘nice’ is a good word.


Set in 1971, The Conjuring tells us the story of two families.  The Perron family — father, Roger, mother, Carolyn, and their five daughters — have moved into a dilapidated farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island.

As they move in?   As they move in, the family dog, Sadie, decides to sit outside and growl.

And Nancy and Christine — two of the younger daughters — find an old bricked up cellar the estate agent didn’t exactly mention on the initial viewing.

It‘s only a day or two after moving in, that the family find Sadie in the garden …

And start wondering what’s going on.

Their feelings get worse.
  • When youngest daughter, April, finds an old music box, and its accompanying ‘invisible friend’
  • When another daughter, Nancy, assumes older sister, Christine, is teasing her by pugging a leg … 
  • And when the two oldest girls, Andrea and Cindy, see something on top of the wardrobe.
Which is when Carolyn decide to contact paranormal researchers, Ed and Lorraine Warren: in the belief they can help …

You can tell there’s Ed and Lorraine are going to find something nasty in the cellar, can’t you?


Now … 


Yes, I think that’s a good description of The Conjuring.

You see, I’ve seen Insidious and Saw, two other films directed by The Conjuring director, James Wan.

Both of which are competently made films that — looking back — are worth the ratings I gave them.

The Conjuring, though?

I think The Conjuring is a far better effort, worth every penny you spend on it: the fact it’s ‘based on a true story’ gives it an edge I think Saw and Insidious lacked.

Frankly, I don’t know if The Conjuring 2 will be quite this good.

But certainly hope so.   I think James Wan and company have made something that demands quality sequels.

Ones I’d like to spend money on.
The Conjuring

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