Diabolical forces are formidable. These forces are eternal, and they exist today. The fairy tale is true. The devil exists. God exists. And for us, as people, our very destiny hinges upon which one we elect to follow.--Ed Warren.
This is a horror flick based on a true story(at least we are told so!). Director James Wan who happens to be director of SAW series does it without making it gory or sensual. Great soundtracks and songs(not just the haunting ones!) add to the craft of good camera work. This movie pays tribute to many good horror movies of past like Exorcist along with Birds of Alfred Hitchcock. The scene with the birds striking against the wall and making you terrified when they encircle the skies outside the house is a great tribute to Hitchcock. End credits roll with gloomy images and some very ominous sounds. A psychic and her husband who are investigators of supernatural phenomena help a family get rid of diabolic forces. This is horrifying thriller which never gets boring. Unlike many boring horror films of past, it does not get gory anytime and yet it succeeds in making its impact on audience. Vera Fermiga impresses with her performance as a psychic like she does in Orphan as a caring mother. I think the movie is slightly underrated--I would give it eight points out of ten. It's a must watch for horror buffs.
This brilliant comment from a review on IMDb sums it up pretty well:
One issue I've always had with recent films in the genre was that they revealed the demons too much. Insidious and Sinister are examples where they hooked me to the story and then showed me too much. Fear of the unknown is the greatest thing a horror filmmaker has on its audience and Wan has definitely learned from Insidious. In The Conjuring the apparitions aren't revealed to the audience until way late, and even then they're far away or out of focus. Letting us use our imagination is what makes this film truly horrifying, and I think horror filmmakers should be taking notes from Mr. Wan.