In the last few years there's been some pretty good to very good supernatural thrillers made if you like the genre. Sinister, Cabin In The Woods, Mama, the first Paranormal Activity and Insidious to name a few all had some great moments to make it worth the time. There was even a good enough market for The Last Exorcism that the producers even filmed a sequel. But none of them hit the mark like The Conjuring did. Let's face it, Americans love to be scared at the movies. I know I do. I'm always looking for something new to try and scare the bejesus out of me (rarely do they ever succeed) and when I saw the trailer for The Conjuring, I wasn't impressed. With the economy still not producing for us in the middle class I make sure to check out some reviews before I decide to drop the 25 bucks it usually takes to see a film by myself (these days a date costs at least 50.00) and my first stop is the NY Times. (By the way, you can get to their reviews via MRQE.com, which is a terrific resource for reviews)
When I checked The NY Times I was shocked to see that they gave it a NYT Critics' Pick -- which is quite unusual for a horror film.
In a nutshell, I haven't been this scared in a movie since The Exorcist. Now, no movie can ever equal what The Exorcist did to its audiences or to the film industry, but there have been many to try and claim a place on the mantle right next to it. Well, this is the one that in my estimation is worthy because it actually is a terrific movie.