The Conjuring (2013)

enjoyablenot really
spookyno
scaryno
unsettlingno
goreyes
body horrorno
violence toward animalsyes
Bechdel-Wallace testpassed
Mako Moripassed
X was the real YIt turns out that demons are the real reason for declining property values.

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Except for graphic violence, this movie is everything I hate in horror movies. It's a 'based on a true story' haunted house and demonic possession movie.

'Based on a true story' is usually a thing that mildly annoys me at the beginning/end of a film, but in this case I think it hurt it throughout. The framing narrative was a distraction throughout the film, breaking tension by taking you out of the story. It also spoiled information about what would happen to the investigators. I guess part of the idea of the framing was it allowed them to talk about other investigations. It probably could have been handled more organically though.

I'm not generally into these kinds of horror movie, so it's maybe not surprising that I didn't like it. I liked Paranormal Activity 2/3, but that was in spite of the plot line. They won me over mostly through great cinematography. I also like Lake Mungo. One of the big differences between those 3 and this one was pacing. Those movies were a lot slower, and they used that time to build tension. They also tried to tell smaller, more personal stories which allowed me to become more invested. This movie was a lot more high-action, and it spent more time trying to endear me to the investigators than the family. Because of this, I felt fairly disconnected and disinterested.

I'm also tired of the "mother driven to murder her children" plot line. It feels played out at this point.

I've heard the sequel is better, so maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised, like I was with Paranormal Activity.