A couple claim that their house is haunted by both friendly and malevolent spirits.
" One of the scarier haunted house/demon possession movies in recent years, it brings to mind '70s supernatural horror films such as The Exorcist with its stillness, steady build of suspense and handsome cinematography. "
" ...there were moments where it seemed the entire theater was holding its breath. We were united in one feeling: terror. "
" With its forked tongue planted loosely in cheek, this haunted-house flick is enjoyably retro in both style and substance. "
" This is a horror film where a pair of suddenly clapping hands gives you the heebie-jeebies, and Wan doesn't cheat with his jump scares. "
" The dread gathers and surges while the blood scarcely trickles in "The Conjuring," a fantastically effective haunted-house movie. "
" As "The Conjuring" progresses, the scares don't register beyond standard issue horror gotchas. They're as telegraphed as the musical cues alerting you something spooky is about to happen. "
" It's generic and lazy as storytelling, but this time there's almost enough playful camerawork to distract from the feeble conception. "
" This saga of demonic possession deploys the full audio firepower of modern multiplexes, and does so with brain-battering frequency, like a ghostbusting version of a Japanese Taiko drum ensemble. "
" What saves the movie is a surprisingly fine cast and deft direction from James Wan, the horror veteran who gave us "Saw." "
" [Wan's] entire film is possessed - by other films. "
" 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. "
" It scared the living crap out of me. Only at the movies is that a compliment. So kudos to The Conjuring for putting fresh fire into the overworked haunted-house genre. "
" Unexpectedly fresh, alive, and vibrant - and wonderfully traumatizing. "
" "The Conjuring'' depends more on its excellent cast and atmospheric direction than cheap gimmicks to raise hairs on the back of your neck. Which it does, quite frequently. "
" An uncommonly intense and frightening experience. "
" Wan builds mounting dread with silence and suspense, lingering the camera unsettlingly long here, creaking a door there. "
" Without recourse to the gruesome S&M excesses of his "Saw" franchise, Wan conjures the chill of a demon breathing down your neck. "
" ... it surpasses the hallmarks of its genre with an actually dramatic storyline and all-around solid acting. Just don't think you can go see it alone. "
" The horror movie is artfully crafted from the first scares to the closing credits, with a bold retro vibe. "
" Treads familiar territory, but with style. "
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