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The Conjuring


Ghost hunters the Warrens help a family terrorized by a dark spirit.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
1 out of 5
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Terrifying paranormal horror movie based on a true story.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Conjuring is a truly scary horror movie that's based on a true story about a haunted house, a demon possession, and an exorcism. It's more frightening than gory; no characters die (except a dog), and not much blood is shown, except during an intense demon-possession scene at the climax. But even though it's mostly based on suggestion, the scary stuff is terrifying. Language includes one "s--t" and a few other words but is infrequent. Sex isn't an issue, other than that a married couple is shown to be comfortable with each other in the bedroom (with a little mild innuendo). One character is shown to have drunk some whisky and fallen asleep at his desk. The main characters, Ed and Lorraine Warren, were real-life paranormal investigators.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about The Conjuring's violence and how it's presented. How much is actually shown? What's scarier -- lots of gore and blood, or "suggested" scares? Why?
  • What makes this movie scarier or less scary than other horror movies you've seen?
  • What do you think about the real-life aspects of the movie? Does the movie make you believe in ghosts and demons? Does it make you want to learn more about the Warrens?
  • Are the Warrens role models? How do they help out the Perron family?
  • What's the appeal of demon possession/exorcism movies? What do they have to say about the world?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: As "The Conjuring" progresses, the scares don't register beyond standard issue horror gotchas. They're as telegraphed as the musical cues alerting you something spooky is about to happen.

- Adam Graham, Detroit News, Thursday, July 18, 2013

Rotten: It's generic and lazy as storytelling, but this time there's almost enough playful camerawork to distract from the feeble conception.

- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Thursday, July 18, 2013

Fresh: Wan ... builds the many bumps in the night into a small Hitchcockian symphony of terror by way of long, eerie tracking shots, dramatic silences, and sudden scares that are frighteningly immersive.

- Bruce Diones, New Yorker, Monday, July 29, 2013

Audience Reviews

3 stars

For a carnival of horror clichs, it has an involving and quite subtle build up and a tense atmosphere. Not bad for a modern day film of its kind.

- pier007, Sunday, September 1, 2013

4 stars

Since Insidious a horror film hasn't scared the crap out of me like this, and Wan follows that great movie with this genuinely terrifying story that knows how to maintain a steady level of pure terror through an extremely creepy atmosphere and cinematography.

- blacksheepboy, Wednesday, August 28, 2013

4 stars


- aquateen2, Friday, August 23, 2013