I don’t watch a lot of TV, but, when I do, I watch a lot of ghost hunting shows. For the most part, they’re dumb. I have a soft spot in my heart for A&E’s late Paranormal State, in which a truly likable guy leads his group of college friends in an effort to help those plagued by the paranormal. Several episodes of Paranormal State feature a frail old woman named Lorraine Warren. Lorraine is a clairvoyant and, more often than not, is the first to point out that people’s houses are packed to the brim with bonafide demons.
The Conjuring tells the story of one of Lorraine and her husband Ed’s most famous terrifying investigations. The pair responds to the pleadings of a mother frightened for the lives of her family. The paranormal cowboys arrive on scene to find the house haunted as hell. It is a truly frightening film.
Watch for the subtle nods to The Amityville Horror, based on the Warrens’ most famous case. I look at this movie as something of a prequel.