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|Genre:||Horror, Mystery, Thriller|
|Laufzeit:||Approx. 112 min.|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
It should actually be an idyllic new beginning for Roger (Ron Livingston) and Carolyn Perron (Lili Taylor) when they move into a remote farmhouse with their five daughters. But as strange noises and mysterious incidents accumulate, the family realizes that something else lives in the house that could be dangerous for them and their children. The famous psi experts Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) are supposed to help them figure out how the house is actually haunted and how to get rid of the ghost. If the two of them still believe at the beginning that this is a simple routine case, which can be explained by air in the pipes and working wood, they have to realize that they are dealing with a particularly malicious demon, which does not want to be driven away so easily&.hellip;
"Conjuring - The Visitation" is based on the records of Ed and Lorraine Warren, whose works also inspired films like "Amityville Horror" or "The House of Demons". Although there are many doubts about the truthfulness of the results that the couple claims to have made in the investigation of various haunted houses, the work of the demonologists has a tremendous fascination for many. Especially her most famous case about the house in Amityville on Long Island gives you goose bumps even after many years and some film adaptations. However, "SAW"-director James Wan took care of an unknown case of the two and conjured up a horror shocker of the most effective kind out of it.
The film shouldn't actually work. After all, he seems like a best-of of the ghost house and demon horror, whereby especially "Amityville Horror", of course, but also "Poltergeist", "The Exorcist" and similar genre classics were all too obviously the inspiration for different scenes. As a result, as a connoisseur of the subject, you always know exactly what's next. Big surprises are in short supply and you shouldn't even be scared or even afraid. But far from it: James Wan has assembled the well-known set pieces so well that "Conjuring - The Visitation" has become one of the best and most effective horror films of recent years.
Thanks to the fact that Wan does without excessive brutality like in "SAW" and relies primarily on original goose bumps and shock effects, he builds up a tension-charged basic atmosphere already after few minutes, by which the spectator is pressed from minute to minute more into the seat. Of course, the characters behave very clichéd and not very rational. But to be bothered by it doesn't change the fact that this misbehaviour, which is typical for horror movies, leads to some really nerve-racking moments. There will probably be very few viewers who won't be terrified at least twice and who will join the collective outcry that goes through the cinema.
And that's exactly why "Conjuring - The Visitation" is so much fun despite its high recognition value. He doesn't want to be the most disgusting or brutal splatter film in the world, but wants to put the audience in fear in a classic way. And Wan skilfully pulls out all the stops the genre has in store. Here it proves once again that good stealing can sometimes be much better than bad self-conception. So anyone looking for innovation and hoping for something completely new will be disappointed by this horror story, at least from a dramaturgical point of view. But if you want to see that the tried and tested can still be extremely effective and that it can be much more terrible if you do without many liters of film blood and instead are confronted with the primal fears of many people, you should definitely join these very special ghost hunters. Absolutely worth seeing!
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