The black-hearted demons in The Conjuring work inexhaustibly to send our terror-metre through the cobwebbed roof. Raising hell, killing dogs, freezing clocks and possessing mothers, the ghosts run through their satanic scripture and unleash each trick upon us _ or rather, upon the poor family in the film, which is claimed to be based on a true account _ with menace and skills that border on dark exhilaration.
Starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Fermiga, Lily Taylor, Ron Livingston. Directed by James Wan.
This is no classic, but director James Wan is a deft conductor who orchestrates the scariest ride of the season from threads of familiarly black melodies.
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