|The Conjuring (2013)|
|Writers:||Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes|
|Starring:||Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor, and Ron Livingston|
If there is a problem though, it comes from the sequences where Wan reveals a bit too much for the camera. In one of the creepiest moments in the movie, a “ghost” is revealed in a very awkward position and physically jumps at one of the protagonists. Up until the “reveal,” this sequence was being led to a very startling crescendo. The film develops the idea that something creepy is happening with a particular dresser within the film, but it remains vague all the way up until this one scene. Then, when this particular “ghost” is revealed, everything starts to seem cartoonish. What separates this ghostly apparition from a generic slasher villain? The audience had been terrified up until this reveal, and while this initial jump scare may put them in a manic state, once it wears off, the audience feels as if they are back to square one. Some of the mystique evaporates, but Wan does do his best to keep the movie consistent in its level of terror. Indeed, its hard to blame the director when he has made such an honest-to-goodness scary movie, but as a critic, I can only pine for the 5-star classic that this movie almost was.