The Conjuring—Do You Believe in Ghosts? If Not—You Will Now!

July 19th, 2013

I am not a huge fan of scary movies.

For me, it’s kind of like football.  I’ll watch the Super Bowl on television because it’s the biggest game of the year. I’ll also go to a game if I can watch from a luxury box or close to the field, particularly if I’m in a continuous television sideline shot.

The same applies to scary movies. I’m not really interested except in very special circumstances.

When it comes to the just released film, The Conjuring, such circumstances came together.  My friend, Taryn, who does entertainment interviews and formerly was an entertainment reporter for Good Morning America, invited me to a premiere for this very frightening film.

Fortunately, the evening began with a reception which included a couple of much needed cocktails.  This was a good thing because this film is a non-stop scare fest.  Taryn might be 100 pounds soaking wet, but she kept popping out of her seat like popcorn with her hands covering her eyes.

What I liked about the movie is that it’s based on true events.  It’s not just based on the twisted imagination of a screenwriter.  The film follows the Warrens, a couple who investigate ghosts and haunted houses.  Mr. Warren even performs exorcisms and does this in the movie.

In the film, the couple goes to a house where a family sees and feels all sorts of paranormal activity.  They have four young girls, and there is a whole lot of shaking going on.  It’s kind of a cross between Amityville Horror and The Exorcist.

I won’t spoil the film, but I can report that there is an ancient terrible history in the house and evil forces apparently have decided to share this with the entire family in the worst way.

All of this raises a question.

Do you believe in ghosts, the paranormal and evil spirits?

I definitely do.  There are just too many stories out there like the scenes in this movie for it all to be hoaxes or products of someone’s imagination.  It’s fascinating to me that there are people who have the gift of fending off or feeling these ghoulies.

What I also like about this film is that it isn’t all special effects yet it keeps your attention every minute.  There isn’t a lull in the action.  You’ll only close your eyes because you’re terrified and not because you’re bored and ready to nod off.

If you want to get out of the oppressive heat this weekend, The Conjuring is a great way to cool off.

And if you want to party all night, this is a perfect way to start you’re evening because after you watch this film, you won’t want to sleep—at least not with the lights off—for a very long time!