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★★★★☆ Following last year's The Cabin in The Woods, traditional horrors have started to seem seriously out of date. Thankfully, with Saw director James Wan's The Conjuring (2013), a return to the traditional tropes are as fresh as ever in what is an unnerving, albeit kitsch horror of remarkable finesse. Purportedly based on a true story concerning paranormal investigators/demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, dressed as if they've just fallen off the cover of a Carpenters album), we are thrown head-first into a homage to the haunted house and possession chillers of the 1970s and 80s.

After a seemingly purposeless opening involving the spook hunters and a murderous doll (that gives more than a slight nod to 1988's Chuckie debut Child's Play), we meet the homely Perron family. The Perrons have recently moved into a tumbledown farmhouse on Rhodes Island, and before long the »

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