Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. “The Conjuring” tells the true story of world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga) who were called upon 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.

It’s a small miracle that the movie achieves the nonstop, hair-raising tension that it does. James Wan (Saw, Insidious) is used to making the utmost out of a micro-budget (Saw and Insidious both had budgets averaging out at about $1.3 million) and The Conjuring is the best application of his low-budget formula to date. Instead of CGI creatures and fancy visual effects used in so many other films today, The Conjuring takes things back to the ’70s/’80s era of horror movies, using simple filmmaking techniques like camera angles, keen concepts and fantastic sequencing to create a truly terrifying horror experience that is mostly free of blood and/or gore, making its frightful nature an even more impressive achievement.

Although this film is great, its simple, self-contained and anecdotal nature doesn’t necessarily give it the same ability to hang around in mind like, say, The Shining, a film whose deep levels and themes stay with you long after the credits roll. The Conjuring is a very satisfying horror movie outing, but when it’s done – beyond the trauma of a freaky moviegoing experience – there is little to ponder or reflect upon. Of course, the intention is to tell an anecdotal story – and for better or worse, the filmmakers do just that.

If your library contains films like Paranormal Activity, [REC], The Poughkeepsie Tapes, and Grave Encounters then The Conjuring is going to fit right in and you’ll be in for a treat.

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BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

“The Conjuring” Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:

  • The Conjuring: Face-to-Face with Terror
  • A Life in Demonology
  • Scaring the “@$*%” Out of You

“The Conjuring” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:

  • Scaring the “@$*%” Out of You

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

On October 22, “The Conjuring” will be available for download in HD or standard definition from online retailers including but not limited to iTunes, Xbox, PlayStation, Amazon, Vudu, CinemaNow and more.

The film will also be available digitally in High Definition (HD) VOD and Standard Definition (SD) VOD from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles and broadband customers including Amazon, iTunes, etc.