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The Conjuring - GO SEE IT NOW!!!! Very solid 4 or maybe 4 1/2 demonic zombie rating. This is the ghost story from Hollywood I have been waiting to see for years! The movie just does so much right. The score is brilliant, the backdrop and atmosphere are fantastic. This is a benchmark example of how to properly mix jump scares in with minimal CG, state of the art makeup work, and most importantly the discipline and vision to be reserved not to overplay any strengths which is such a common flaw in todays horror films. My only complaints were that I would have liked to have had more character development connecting the audience to the children but in contrast I really enjoyed the fresh perspective where we actually care about the family and the people helping them. So many films of this brand you get to the part where the "expert" comes in to help but you have no connection to them. This is the first film since Poltergeist that changed that for me. I won't give too much away but will say this is a slow cooker done with the utmost finesse and a very keen eye for proper ghost story telling. I found no cheese or cheap copies of other films and while there were familiar elements (i.e. it did not re-invent the wheel) everything was done so right it was easy to keep pressing through, enjoying the beautifully crafted tension and increasingly unsettling moments. Highly recommended! This will be a day one purchase for me and a must for everyone's October horror movie list (assuming it's released by then).
 

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So glad I got to see this today. ^^^ agree 100% General and will just add that I LOVED the photography. Not a shot wasted. The zooms, pans, tracking shots, etc were perfectly done and SCREAMED 1970's. Ti West eat your heart out. I think I remember reading that James Wan is done directing horror after Insidious 2 and I hope it's not true because the guy is at the top of his game. What a treat!
 

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Yes. A tremendous and well done film. Acting was great and the story definitely kept you interested. At any rate, can't wait for the sequel.
 

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Very intense movie. The movie scared the crap out of our 16-year-old granddaughter. I jumped a few times myself, even audibly speaking out a couple: "Good gravy!"


Reading about the "real" story versus the movie was kind of disappointing. Other sites consider the Warrens to be frauds and their "evidence" to be less than convincing.


On the other hand, I have a friend/coworker whose brother personally experienced similar phenomena in a house he used to live in, and things got so freaky that his friends stopped coming over, he and his wife moved out, and they had to get exorcised as well as burn their clothes. The architect had literally stolen gravestones to decorate the yard with; don't know if that had anything to do with it, but some strange things happened when the brother tried to return the gravestones. It made a believer out of his brother (in both the supernatural and in Jesus, because the exorcist - a local shaman type (this was Hawaii) cast out the demons in Jesus' name, even though the shaman was not necessarily a Christian).
 

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These kind of movies are more enjoyable for me when they don’t make silly “based on a true story” claims. The minute I read that the “psychic investigators” in the movie are the same people who claimed that the fraudulent Amityville case was “real”, I tended to tune out.
 

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I really don't put much stock in any film "based on a true story" and just try and enjoy it for what it is. The true story claim for Th Fourth Kind was completely made up but it served the film well even with the obvious fake real footage. The Conjuring worked well not because it was based on a true story, although that adds some weight, but because the acting was good, the atmosphere was perfect, the score, camera work, etc. Everything was just brought together with a real talent for doing ghost story horror right IMO. I honestly can't remember the last haunting/possession film that was able to maintain such positive feedback from both the RT community and IMDB that I also really enjoyed.
 

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Basing it on a "true story" adds no weight at all for me. Instead, it makes the movie seem like an unsubstantiated paranormal claim.
 

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Basing it on a "true story" adds no weight at all for me. Instead, it makes the movie seem like an unsubstantiated paranormal claim.

Then go watch Zero Dark Boring.
 

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When it comes to horror films, "based on a true story" means absolutely nothing to me. In other words, I just want to watch a good film that's all. And The Conjuring, despite its boring religious references (I really can't stand this!), is a very good film.


When I watch a political drama, "based on a true story" certainly has more weight.
 
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All I can say is this got me up off the couch a couple of times and I can't wait for the wife to watch it Friday.
 

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When it comes to horror films, "based on a true story" means absolutely nothing to me. In other words, I just want to watch a good film that's all. And The Conjuring, despite its boring religious references (I really can't stand this!), is a very good film.

This is the amount of credibility I give to a “based on a true story” movie...


It used to be: Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.


Now it’s: The names have not been changed; but everything else has.

 

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This is the amount of credibility I give to a “based on a true story” movie...


It used to be: Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.


Now it’s: The names have not been changed; but everything else has.


That's pretty much true. Except for Zero Dark Thirty Director's cut where Obama parachutes onto Bin Laden's head and the last 30 minutes are a kumite.
 

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All I can say is this got me up off the couch a couple of times and I can't wait for the wife to watch it Friday.
I remember debating to see this in the theater, or wait for home video. There was the commercial on TV where there is a handclap in dark near someone on the stairs. I was freaked out, didn't need to see it a big screen. Am picking it up for home use, at home I know where everything is, even in the dark.
 

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All I can say is this got me up off the couch a couple of times and I can't wait for the wife to watch it Friday.
Watched it last night, I think we have a new October staple for movie shelf. I grabbed the couch more than a couple times.
 

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Watched it last night, I think we have a new October staple for movie shelf. I grabbed the couch more than a couple times.

Indeed. I'm a fan of the genre and this is a great movie. Obviously repeat viewings will diminish the spookiness but not he high quality of all the rest.
 

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Damn I'm gunna have to give this a watch. I'm the type of guy that finds some horror movies silly but this one sounds like a good one.
 

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Watched last night and it freaked me out! I was alone in the house, lights out and sound cranked which really helped the freak out factor. Really enjoyed the movie and the A/V was fantastic as well! Great blind buy that will get regular rotation every October. Planning on watching it again before Thurs.
 

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Watched last night and it freaked me out! I was alone in the house, lights out and sound cranked which really helped the freak out factor. Really enjoyed the movie and the A/V was fantastic as well! Great blind buy that will get regular rotation every October. Planning on watching it again before Thurs.
Nice!


My wife and I are hosting a showing of this tonight for our neighborhood friends. We have about 12-14 peeps coming for the show, light appetizers and drinks. I intend to have the lights out and HT effing cranked.
 

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Nice!


My wife and I are hosting a showing of this tonight for our neighborhood friends. We have about 12-14 peeps coming for the show, light appetizers and drinks. I intend to have the lights out and HT effing cranked.


AWESOME!
Report back on how it went.
 

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Watched this on VUDU last night. Decent horror/thriller and perfect for the Halloween season. Invoked memories of Poltergeist, The Exorcist and of course The Amityville Horror. Patrick Wilson seems to be making a career of these type of movies.
 
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