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And so this excellent summer horror flick becomes about which presence is more powerful and influential—the light or the darkness? Belief or unbelief? "God brought us together for a reason," Lorraine continually reminds her husband. That underlying belief is, in part, the means and power by which she dispels the darkness, fearlessly driving away fear and sacrificially rescuing those who are haunted or possessed by unbelief. The Warrens' holy-motivated commitment to extinguishing the darkness presents us with confrontations that shock us out of our comfy skepticism and unbelief—and then invites us to consider our allegiances afresh without the pretense of indifference or neutrality. Dispossessed of evil, we can enter into rest from the horrors which terrify our souls.

Caveat Spectator

The Conjuring has a few profanities. It features several scenes of disturbing violence and terror, though few if any of its horrifying images are particularly graphic.

Nick Olson is Assistant Professor of English at Liberty University, and he writes on film for Christ and Pop Culture and Filmwell. You can follow him at @Nicholas_Olson.

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