Taking top prize at the box office this weekend was a horror film based on a true story about demonic possession. The Conjuring took home $41.5M this weekend, and it’s obvious why. This movie is scary. And it scares with moderate violence, little gore, I don’t recall any profanity, and no sexual themes or nudity. It’s impressive that this film manages to be so terrifying without these staples of contemporary horror. That said - this movie is R for a damn good reason. Do NOT let your children watch this unless you’re prepared to have them crawl in bed with you through high school and can afford some serious therapy…for yourself. Just kidding, you’ll be fine. I promise ;)
The Conjuring, set in 1971, first introduces us to Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga), real life paranormal investigators from Connecticut who are at the top of their field. Concurrently we meet the adorable Perron family, a mom (Lili Taylor), dad (Ron Livingston), and 5 girls ranging from high school age, to 4-5 years old, as they are moving into their new home in Harrisville, Rhode Island.