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Old school horror doesn’t get any better than James Wan’s “The Conjuring”, a re-teaming of the director and his “Insidious” star Patrick Wilson, and joined by Vera Farmiga. Once again, spooky shenanigans are afoot, this time based on the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators and one of their toughest, more controversial cases. Well, true-ish, I guess. If it was all true, it would be a documentary, and that would just be boring.
“The Conjuring” is now available on DVD and Blu-ray, just in time for Halloween. I’m sure that’s just a coincidence, though.
Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on the true life story, “The Conjuring” tells the tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives.
Part exorcism movie and part haunted house movie, “The Conjuring” is all spine-tingling. There’s something to be said about relying more on creativity than throwing a mess of CGI monsters at the audience, and director James Wan has mastered that with “Insidious”, and continues the trend here. If you’re looking for a scary movie for this Halloween, you needn’t look any further than cozying up on the couch with “The Conjuring”. Turn off the lights and have at it, kids. Just don’t watch it alone. You’ve been warned.
The reason to buy “The Conjuring” on DVD/Blu-ray is for the movie. In terms of special features, the disc comes with three featurettes.
“The Conjuring: Face-to-Face wit Terror” (7 minutes) features interviews the real-life Perrons, as portrayed in the movie by Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor as the parents. The real-life Lorraine Warren is also featured. (Ed died in 2006.) Whether you question the authenticity of the movie or not, hearing the actual family members talk about their experiences is interesting. I don’t personally believe in ghosts or demons or spirits myself, but apparently the Perrons did, and still do.
“Scaring the ‘@$*%’ Out of You” (8 minutes) takes you behind-the-scenes with director James Wan as he shows you how the scares for the movie were done. Personally, my favorite featurette on the disc, but then again, I’ve always been a sucker for these type of videos.
“A Life in Demonology” is the longest featurette on the disc at over 15 minutes, and takes you through the life of the Warrens and some of their old cases. Also, you get a look at all the artifacts the Warrens have collected over the years from their many cases. Pretty interesting, even if, like me, you think it’s all bunk.
And finally, my Blu-ray copy came with one of those fancy holographic covers that changes slightly when you angle the box just right. In this case, it’s the scene where a pair of hands appear out of the darkness behind Lili Taylor’s character and claps. You don’t get the clapping sound, of course, but wouldn’t it be cool if they did that in the future? Turn your Blu-ray box a certain way and audio plays? Or maybe that’s just me.