The Conjuring
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Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. "The Conjuring" tells the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga), world renowned paranormal investigators, who were called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives. -- (C) WB
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"Every hand that reaches into a wardrobe, every nervous trip into that basement just gets on your nerves. Satan needs to get over himself."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Wan builds mounting dread with silence and suspense, lingering the camera unsettlingly long here, creaking a door there."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"Wan uses every horror cliche with blithe confidence. He knows no one is immune if the effects are sturdily built, and not too literal."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"It's solidly effective at bringing the scares, which is all it really sets out to do, right?"
‑ Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive
"Fans of old-school scary movies and J-horror, rejoice. James Wan's The Conjuring is going to scare the bejeezus out of you."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"In The Conjuring, the scary casts out the spirit of the silly, permanently, and with a vengeance."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Wan ... builds the 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."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"Sometimes it all comes down to craftsmanship. There's probably nothing you haven't seen before in director James Wan's The Conjuring, but rarely have you seen it done so well."
‑ Sean Burns, Metro
"Finely crafted and genuinely scary."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Courier Mail (Australia)
"Mainly, the movie wants to scare us, and it succeeds."
‑ Jesse Hassenger, PopMatters
"The Conjuring uses every stock scare in the horror movie playbook for a dumb, yet charmingly traditional haunted house picture that manages to feel more retro than rehashed."
‑ Philip Brown, Globe and Mail
"...there were moments where it seemed the entire theater was holding its breath. We were united in one feeling: terror."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, The Atlantic
"The Conjuring simply takes a standard story comprised of the usual components, and with warmth and commitment makes them not just palatable, but successful."
‑ Sarah Ward, Trespass
"The trailer for The Conjuring is scarier than most horror features of recent vintage, and the feature makes good on the promise."
‑ Scott Marks, San Diego Reader
"Wan is basically just remaking his own Insidious with a few modest tweaks and a polyester wardrobe, and, just like that movie, The Conjuring gets progressively less scary as it goes along."
‑ Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto
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