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On the first night that my family sleeps in our recently purchased home, I lay awake in our second floor bedroom, listening to every groan the house makes. It's a cottage-style brick home on a quiet street in southern Virginia, built in the 1940s. ...

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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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