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Horror Film: The Conjuring Essay

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The Conjuring is a “real” Hollywood horror film based on possession of the human kind by demonic figures. There's a dog that ends up doing the usual thing dogs do in horror films (they act scared and bark constantly or end up dying unknowingly). There's a doll that end up doing what dolls usually do in horror films (taunt the human body). There's some doors banging, some ghost hunters with motion detectors and UV lights, eerie TV static, and some creepy ghosts who appear out of the blue when you expect to least expect them, and to top it off they add creepy music and the spooky makeup that all ghosts wear so you can identify them or recognize them.
When I said, "it's real," I mean several ...view middle of the document...

Hauntings occasionally have a "coherent explanation," Lorraine assures the relieved family, before we roll back off to the Perrons and their checklist of movie horrors.
The thing is, the statement "this is true" is every bit as much as a familiar exorcism horror as the chair lifting off the floor to the very dramatic catch phrases. More recent films, like The Last Exorcism, use the found-footage genre to get that requisite feeling of freight. The Conjuring in this case wasn’t as clever; its claim to truth boils down to repetition and maybe the odd bodily assault on the “I’m not scared” police guy to show him how weak he really was. For instance, we only find out the truth of the story as it rolls on throughout the hour of film time, which by then usually draws away from the audience gathering any more interest. If the producers were a little more gripping towards the audience than defying this so called horrifically “real” incident, then maybe this could be a realistic believing by viewers, which obviously the producers and storyline of The Last Exorcism gained.
The Conjuring, then, is not convincingly real but does draw to many viewers just like many modern films such as The Haunting in Connecticut, Paranormal Activity, and a few others. This isn't a bad movie in itself; hardly anybody goes to a horror film...

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