The movie the Conjuring is only very, very loosely based on the lives of Ed and Loraine Warren, who made it their life goal to hunt down and collect haunted objects and store them within their supernatural themed museum (Ed Warren had long since passed away in 2006, but his wife Loraine still runs the house museum where they keep the infamous cursed Annabelle doll (which looks nothing like the one depicted in the Conjuring by the way; the real one is much less creepy looking). Anyway, I say it is “loosely” based on the Warren’s actual documented events because the Conjuring was more a supernatural action thriller and a dramatic depiction of the Warrens and the Perron family (I imagine the real events were a lot more boring albeit somewhat creepy).
The Annabelle doll itself is famous (or rather infamous) for being actually possessed. The Warrens claim it is a very powerful and very angry spirit (whether or not it is supposed to be a demon or just an angry, I do not know). This doll had according to accounts, was the either the direct or indirect cause of the death of a visitor to the Warren’s museum. According to the Ed Warren this guy was a total douche bag and even stupidly shook Annabelle’s display case and challenged it to do harm to him. Well, according to sources, the guy challenged Annabelle to harm him, died in a motorcycle crash with his girlfriend not long after Ed Warren kicked him out of the house for being a douche bag. Coincidence? Random unlucky turn of events? Or was it really the curse of Annabelle the doll? I guess the moral of the story is, don’t be a jackass! However being spotlighted and featured in the movie, The Conjuring was not a movie about the origins of Annabelle, but instead the Perron family who called upon the Warren’s services after discovering their house was haunted (think Amityville Horror as that was a much more famous case).
The Perron family supposedly moved in to a farm house that was haunted by multiple spirits and even perhaps something greater, such as a demon. Before the Conjuring was released, I had only read very little about the Perron family haunting, so I am unable to determine how much from the movie was based on actual accounts and how much was entirely fiction (maybe it was all fictional, who knows?). According to the movie, lady Perron was possessed by a demon and there were more than one evil spirit haunting the house and the land. As interesting as the storyline of the movie was, I often wonder how many of the actual “hauntings” were verified.
Back to the Movie…
I can honestly say that while the conjuring had many startling moments, the movie itself was not something we have not seen before at a haunted house or by playing Silent Hill or some other survival horror game. It may have been the fact that I was watching the movie after midnight at the movie theater on a very slow night, so obviously the only handful of people there were probably borderline sociopathic, because no one seemed really roused. There was a girl that kept on screaming and at every scene where a supernatural being pops up out of nowhere, but it’s not something I had not seen before (It probably would have been a scarier movie in 3D, but I was not issued glasses even though it was an IMAX showing).
While the Conjuring may be scary to many, there really isn’t anything in this movie that has not been done already. Movies in general need something better, something different to be truly effective. Personally I would like to see something along the lines of an interactive movie in the future, where there may be a somewhat unique experience for each viewer (somewhat like a video game, but not exactly). Maybe something more unpredictable than the standard storyline so we, as the viewer can somewhat take control of the experience.
Don’t get me wrong, James Wan is a f*cking excellent director and all of the horror scenes were very well done, it’s just too bad I’m so f*cking desensitized to all of this supernatural horror and terror stuff (I blame the internet, video games and just personal experience on supernatural ghost hunts; yes I have done this before and it’s turned me into a rock hard bastard.)
Personally I believe I would make a great ghost hunter and demonologist simply because I do not have any fear of the supernatural or demons. This is where a badass like Ed Warren comes in!
I may not make a good ghost hunter or demonologist because I have no technical skills when it comes to EVP gadgets and all of that camera jazz nor do I believe I am psychically tuned with with the power of a clairvoyant. Some people may have the gift, but I don’t. That’s where someone like Lorraine Warren comes in!
I do believe I could bring to the table is a sense of fearlessness and quite possibly the ability to slay a supernatural being with silver weapons and a blessed sword. If all else fails, then perhaps I would simply allow the demonic being to possess me and we could take over the world and hell together! This is when humanity just gives up…