Disclaimer: Pictures of some scenes to the film was posted in this review that can spoil the movie. If you haven't seen it yet, I advise you to skip reading this post. Otherwise, take the risk.
These days, if you claim to love watching horror, suspense and thriller movies; and have your own blog page then you'll have this instant authority and power to critique and create your own detailed analysis and assessment of your favorite horror film. Everyone's a critic as they say. This is my first time to make a review in a conventional way so please bare with me.
The movie was a blend of husband-wife-relationship and everything-happens-for-a-reason mantra. It was packed with sudden feeling of excitement with a nervous pass of creepiness and terrors. Camera shot angles, visual photography, tones and moods in each scenes, the sounds and actors/actresses method of acting complemented each other. I had those moments were you have to hold your breath and wait for "pang-gulat" moments.
For Audio effects, It had this certain sound effects for specific scenes that will let you know how it feels and how it sounded like in real life. For example, the sound of a creaking tree when there's someone hung on it, or how it sound like when you're trying to gather noises thru boom mic, footsteps, doors closing and what not made the film more thrilling. I just had one problem with the scoring. It were all recycled from Insidious. There were also some scenes were the right timing for inserting a scary and freaky sound was not synchronized well to create a particular atmosphere. Hence, "pang-gulat" factors were anticipated. You already know what will happen next and for me that's a very important aspects in creating an effective horror movie. Wan only used three colors (black, gray, brown) in this movie to set the eerie mood in each scenes but it defined the over all impact of freakiness in the movie. The start was a bit risky since nothing is really happening but I believed it was needed to build the characters, so it was not a big deal for me. Editing was smooth. Make ups, costume designs and special effects were all great except for the blood -- doesn't look scary or gory at all.
The plot was perfect. Even the insertion of the story of "Anabelle the doll" as reference to the Warrens was good. The story and script was well written. The 'spiritual explanations' of the Warrens had a touch of sincerity that it imparted some knowledge in Me. I like how the story spins to the Warrens and Carolyn. I love how it transpired from Carolyn to Lorraine then Lorraine to Carolyn.
METHOD OF ACTING
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Lily Taylor were all remarkable. They gave justice to their given roles. Highly exceptional without overdoing it. Patrick Wilson did a great job as a support to Vera Farmiga's role. It was like, he was doing really well but did not steal Farmiga's spotlight. Swabe lang kung baga. Lily Taylor, the main antagonist in the story was sensational. She was so genius that she separated the characters from normal Carolyn to Carolyn possessed perfectly. Vera Farmiga was astounding. She knows what she's doing. It was obvious that she meticulously studied her role very well and it showed. It showed in every scenes she had. The simple and little stares, facial expressions, her eyes and the delivery of lines were all flawless that it had a huge impact on Me. It was so perfect.
Some remarkable lines from Vera Farmiga
"Remember what you had told me"
"She's feeding her"
"..It latched to your family and its feeding of you"
"You won't, let's finish this together"
"God brought us together for a reason... This is it"
Two scenes with the same required acting but Vera did it with two different styles and attack.
First time she saw April's toy.
Second time she used the toy.
Notice the eyes?
All in all, The Conjuring was something to remember as a reference for scary movies. A much better creation of Wan compared to Insidious. And if rumors were true that another two stories from The Warrens is now cooking then I should say that the next would be another hit. However, since mataas ang standards ko sa horror movies and this one did not give me that goosebumps all throughout the film....
Rotten Tomatoes gave them a rate of 86% but I will score this as 7.5