Grade • B+
DVD • "The Conjuring" is proof that a nerve-shaking horror movie need not be wall-to-wall blood.
Director James Wan ("Saw," "Insidious: Chapter 2") takes the story of true-life demon hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), the folks behind the "Amityville Horror" case, as they investigate a creepy house in Rhode Island.
Something is scaring the daughters of a family that just moved in, and seem to have designs on their mother (Lili Taylor). Wan employs old-fashioned bump-in-the-night chills to maximum effect, building to a stunning climax.
But what really sells the scary are strong performances by Taylor and Farmiga, who make the supernatural seem frighteningly real.
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