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Twice I take an investigative trip down the long flight of creaky hardwood stairs. The central air contracts our house's ventilation system, then shuts off and allows warmer air to pour through the duct work, causing it to expand and make ...

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August 20, 2013  7:33am

One of the things I loved about the Conjuring is that it didn't leave me with the same feeling as other supernatural horror movies- namely, that we are merely victims of the evil forces in this world with no recourse but to try to survive (often unsuccessfully). Fascinatingly, it is also one of the things which made the Conjuring significantly less scary to me. I describe the film to folks as less of a horror movie and more of a mystery movie where the villain is supernatural. Aside from a couple creepy moments, the Conjuring just wasn't horrifying. I had the sense that I knew the enemy in the film and that it was only a matter of time before the forces of good stopped to the force of evil. It was a bold and risky move for a contemporary horror movie, but well worth it. As to scare value, I blame trailers and TV spots which overplayed the creepiest moments as the release date neared.

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