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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Vera Farmiga
Ron Livingston
Haley McFarland
Patrick Wilson
Lily Taylor
Joey King
Directors
James Wan
Screenwriters
Chad Hayes
Carey Hayes
Running Time
112 minutes

The Conjuring
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The Conjuring

Plot
Roger and Carolyn Perron (Livingston, Taylor) move with their daughters to rural Rhode Island, where they are beset by terrifying phenomena. Psychic investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Wilson, Farmiga) agree to help, but find the haunting a test beyond anything they've experienced before.


Verdict
A strong cast and an atmosphere of real dread mean that despite a catalogue of immediately recognisable ghost devices, The Conjuring amounts to more than the sum of its scary parts. If it's Wan's farewell to horror - Insidious: Chapter 2 notwithstanding - it's a darkly powerful final word.


Reviewed by Owen Williams

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