Dolls are scary. There, I said it. I have been sufficiently creeped out by dolls since my dad thought it wise to show me Child's Play when I was 3. So, when the first thing I see when I sat down to watch The Conjuring was a creepy doll named Annabelle, I knew I was in trouble.
Going in I thought 2 hours was a little long for a horror movie. Usually, anything over 90 minutes means the movie is going to have some major lulls. I was surprised at the pacing of this movie. Usually, a ghost movie has a slow build towards an over the top climax.
The Conjuring builds at a frenetic pace that quite frankly had me clutching my arm rest constantly. The movie gives you precious time to catch your breathe after it scares you before it launches into another frightening sequence. Are there faults with the film? Yes, the main one would be the lack of chemistry between the married couple in crisis (played by and ). I found their few attempts at affection to be extremely forced and distracting. If I bought them as a couple I think I would have been more emotionally invested in what happened to them, but as it turned out I didn't care. The same can not be said for the child actors. I found their performances to be remarkable and I was genuinely afraid for April played by the adorable Kyla Deaver. I would be remiss if I didn't comment on the amazing performances turned in by and . Their chemistry as a couple had me hooked. I truly cared about them and at the end of the day that is what you want from a character.
With The Conjuring, James Wan proves you don't need over the top gore or hokey horror movie cliches to truly scare the audience. He started this trend with Insidious and I hope he continues on this path.