Having enjoyed this modern horror film upon release at the cinema I thought it was about time I gave it a another look, this time on Blu-ray. Is it still as good as I thought? Time to find out, here’s my The Conjuring Blu-ray review.
- The Conjuring Blu-ray Review (2013)
- Running Time: 112 Mins
- UK Rating 15
- Discs: 1
- Released By Warner Bros
Set in 1971, this is based on one of the most infamous cases of paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren.
When the Perron family move into their new house strange events soon begin to occur. This prompts the arrival of Lorraine and Ed Warren to try and explain just what is going on. In spite of this one of the family members appears to become possessed. The result puts not only the rest of the family in severe danger but also the Warrens.
With events spiralling out of control the story concludes with a rather nice twist.
I have deliberately kept from revealing too much of the plot as I think it would spoil the enjoyment too much for those yet to see this modern horror classic.
Written by Chad Hayes & Carey Hayes.
Style / Direction
Director James Wan does an exceptional job of bring the feel of the 1970s to the viewer. The look is pretty much perfect and his use of camera angles along with movement really help to ramp up the horror feel.
The really great thing is none of the scares feel too gimmicky and same can be said of the camera work, this is all just incredibly stylishly done.
Make no mistakes this is a very well made horror film, the director James Wan shows in this one at least, how to put the pieces together and create something special.
The cinematography is by John R. Leonetti.
Music / Audio Effects
This style of horror relies on lots of bangs and screams plus an eerie background track. Put all this together and it works brilliantly, it’s not going to be memorable outside of the film but is instrumental creating much of the atmosphere.
The music is provided by Joseph Bishara.
Acting / Characters
Decent performance all-round really help to draw you into this allegedly true supernatural tale.
The two best performances come from Vera Farmiga as Lorraine Warren and Patrick Wilson as Ed Warren as they really drive the film giving the story a sense of purpose and believability.
Conclusion – The Conjuring Film Review
I enjoyed The Conjuring the first time I saw and having revisited it on Blu-ray I conclude that it really is a top horror film. It manages to capture the feel and look of the 70s whilst providing an interesting story with plenty of scary moments along the way.
Unlike a lot of modern horror film The Conjuring doesn’t feel like it relies on cheap thrills. It feels like a lot of thought went into each key scene.
The obvious film comparison is The Amityville horror and that’s a fair point to a degree but these are essentially different enough to still feel fresh and entertaining.
A very stylishly made and scary horror film!
The Conjuring Blu-ray Review
It is a recent film (2013) and therefore looks amazing, the extras include:
- Featurette: The Conjuring: Face To Face with Terror
- Featurette: A Life In Demonology
- Behind The Scenes
A very good set of extras as presumably those who watch these kinds of films will love watching more on the subject matter (or is that just me!).
On to my movie rating for The Conjuring (2013)
- Movie Rating: RECOMMENDED
- Blu-ray: EXCELLENT
- Extras: EXCELLENT
The Conjuring (2013) is available now on Blu-ray priced £7.27 from Amazon.co.uk (as of date of review)
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster with trailer…
Clip not representative of the Blu-ray version
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The Conjuring Blu-ray Review (2013)
Director(s): James Wan
Actor(s): Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Rating
This is how to make the perfect modern horror film, very stylishly made and scary.