This Week In Home Entertainment: The Conjuring, The Way Way Back And More
The Conjuring Blu-ray Combo Pack
A small farmhouse in the middle of nowhere provides the setting for The Conjuring, Warner Bros.’ big box office success in the horror realm this year. When a family of seven moves into an isolated location, the creep factor is amped up almost immediately. One of the youngest daughters, April (Kyla Deaver) begins communicating with a dead little boy via a music box. Her sister, Cindy (Mackenzie Foy), keeps running into a wardrobe in her sleep. The matriarch of the Perron family, Carolyn (Lili Taylor), keeps waking up with large and intense bruises covering her body while her husband is off working on his trucking route. The house begins to seem haunted, but money is tight, and the Perrons need help from an outside source to get to the root of their troubles.
The Conjuring is different from most horror tales featuring spirits of any sort in that it is often told from the perspective of a paranormal investigation team made up of a husband and wife named Ed and Lorrain Warren. In the film, the characters are played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, the latter of whom displays a clairvoyant ability and a penchant for seeing the dead. The Warrens reluctantly agree to come help the Perrons and what follows is a series of events that play out with slow and steady precision, building up to a wild climax that will leave viewers wary.
It helps that the film offers a nice cross between clever filmmaking and handheld work by bringing in the Warrens and their various cameras and equipment. There are a lot of scenes that could have been infinitely less tense were they not filmed under the gifted eye of director James Wan (shoutout to director of photography John R. Leonetti, too). Luckily, there was a great crew involved, and if you haven’t caught The Conjuring, it’s one that will likely keep you on the edge of your seat, although I’d suggest keeping the popcorn out of your lap.
You can order The Conjuring over at Amazon.
Best Special Feature: Much of the hype surrounding The Conjuring was based around the fact that the film is based on a true story. The Perron family, as well as Lorraine Warren, are all still alive and pop up in the bonus feature “The Conjuring: Face-To-Face with Terror,” which tells the story from the Perron family’s perspective. Most of the stuff they have to say about Bathsheba and the history of the house is covered in the movie, but some of the details are different and if you haven’t already researched this topic extensively, it will be worth a watch.
Other Special Features:
“A Life in Demonology”
“Scaring the @$*% Out Of You”
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