I thought The Conjuring was pretty good although it didn't bring anything new to the table. Let's be honest, this type of horror flick has been done to death.
It definitely fell into the cliche trap at certain points- family moving into a new house, dog won't even go inside, clocks stop at certain times, pictures falling, youngest child was first to make contact with "spirits", stumbling upon the old, boarded up cellar- but how can you make a horror movie without some of those elements? I feel like it would be nearly impossible.
The acting was good, particularly from the actors that player Mr. and Mrs. Warren and the setting was good, albeit a bit played out.
I thought where this movie excelled was in it's suspense. It was one of the most tense films I've seen recently and it didn't rely on cheap, jumpy scares to make you feel uncomfortable.
I only had a couple complaints, and they were very mild. One was the fact that it got a bit slow in the middle particularly after
. That part was kind of a segway into bringing in the Warrens, though, so I can understand why there wasn't as much going on at that point.
The other 'complaint' was that I didn't really understand the whole Annabelle thing.
Whatevskis. All in all, it was definitely a good movie. I'd recommend it.