The Conjuring. The magic, illusion, and trickery all in one production by the Warner Bros. and director James Wan who was also behind the horror film Insidious and the producers of Saw.


                This is so far the most successful horror movie for the past years that had earned wide favor from words-of-mouth and was trending in social sites for almost a week before it was even shown in cinemas here in the Philippines. Truly, people were resourceful and eager to watch this movie from different online websites and other sources. Facebook and Twitter, two of the widely-used social pages were dominated with hashtags like #TheConjuring, #Conjuring and other ways of creative terms to boast that they were brave enough to watch The Conjuring from the beginning until the rolling of the credits.

                Since its boost in the society, people who are not so familiar with it were enticed to watch the mystery behind this famous and controversial horror film. This is why it got a record-breaking effect in the Philippine Cinemas when it got out on August 21, 2013.


Banning of the Movie.

                Not long after the movie was released in the country, news that it was banned in some places was then spread across islands. This became a controversial issue since the malls involved were the biggest malls and shopping centers known in the country. One reason is that a girl did experience the same exorcism portrayed in the movie after watching it in the cinema. It was then concluded that the reason behind it was the fact that she watched the horror movie. Others also experienced heart attacks [while some are lucky for having just “a sudden attack”] during the moments when they were watching the movie. Scary right?

                Maybe some are only overreacting or they are just so keen and observant in watching the movie that they felt an attachment to the plot. There are people who don’t just settle on seeing what the movie is portraying but also go deeper to what the movie actually is. I believe these kind of people were the easy victims of having side effects, be it emotional or psychological.


Personal Experiences

                My neighbors who also watched the movie was having a late afternoon’s chitchat with my mom and she accidentally told them that I was having a hard time going to sleep for consecutive days after I watch it for my first movie review. Also she observed that I am more afraid than I was before because I can’t settle sitting alone upstairs and that I was a little bit jumpy even because of a tiny sound.

                I went cold when I heard them from her. For some reasons, I really didn’t feel any changes from my behavior until she told them [our neighbors] about my present actions. I remember waking up at exactly 3:05am though it was two minutes earlier as the time of the usual attack of the spirit in the movie. Then one time when I was getting change for school, the cabinet which actually have some similarities in the movie suddenly opened for no apparent reasons. I blamed the strong winds for that though it’s a 50-50 possibility that my theory is correct. The face of the witch always appears in my head even when I’m busy studying or doing something.

                Well, that was some of my own hallucinations. Either their creepy or not to you, but they’re very creepy for me.


A Major Success

                The conjuring outwitted several films that were released in the same time. James Wan’s movie didn’t just combat among horror movies but most especially it’s the only movie that many people liked to watch that sticks to the five-line tag: “Based on a true story.”

                Just this year, many movies were out that happened in the real life. Some of these were Pain and Gain and Captain Phillips but they were bested in terms of fame by a horror movie, The Conjuring. Though it’s common that true-to-life stories were patronized by watchers because of the realistic events, it’s surprising that a large number of the populace dared to watch a scary movie at that. It is said that because of the fact that the story really happened that it triggers the emotional part of the watcher to feel the fear and thrill that the casts had gone through.

                Nevertheless, despite the many issues that this movie got because of its intense effects of scaring people, it proved that it really succeed in their main role – to freak you out.


Roll the Credits

                I believe that if not because of the great participation of these outstanding artists, the movie would not be where it stands today.


                Patrick Wilson for an epic role as Ed Warren, the ghost hunter. He successfully led his character as a vulnerable person in the movie. Still, like how I described him in my previous movie review, he was so damn precious to lose. It’s great that he lived until the end of the movie. It was such a relief, really.



                Lorraine Warren, the wife of Ed and also his partner in hunting spirits was played by Vera Farmiga. A bold heroine that made the story end with a very peaceful one. Her kind and motherly affection helped Mrs. Perron be the mother she’s supposed to be.


                The Perron Family. These group of artists were very coordinated in portraying a happy and peaceful family. Their innocent faces as well as their acting really helped in making you feel sorry that they were terrorized by the ghost in that farmhouse. For a complete list of their names click this link: