And if you think The Amityville Horror really happened, I would like to sell you a bridge, but there's a good chance you've already got all your money locked away in a scam anyway. It just really rubs me the wrong way when movies try to exploit the "open-minded" by slapping "based on a true story" on a title card. Every other week I have to read news about children getting killed by make-believe exorcists and parents who chose prayer over medicine. (I imagine this problem might get worse now that Dr. Oz is focusing on faith-healing every Friday this month... that's where we are now.) So when I heard this movie was about The Warrens, you better believe I rolled my eyes so hard they nearly popped out of my skull.
I could go on and on about why The Conjuring didn't look like my cup of tea, but now that I've seen it I'm in danger of something which shocks me: I could gush about this movie. Really. I think this is one of the finest horror films ever made—this in spite of the fact that, from a distance, it appears to embody everything I dislike about modern horror.
Meanwhile, Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor play The Perrons, the parents of five daughters who are targeted by the presence haunting their home. Eventually, the strange happenings in the house become so frightening the family resorts to sleeping in the living room together because they're too scared to stay in separate bedrooms. It's at this point The Perrons seek out The Warrens for help, who will have to document the case in such a way the church grants them an exorcism. Naturally, the presence doesn't like The Warrens' involvement one bit and things become increasingly violent.
I'll be featuring the sequel next Friday. Let's just say I'm cautiously optimistic.