The Perron family moves to a farmhouse in pursuit of a tranquil life. But mysterious things start to happen. First, the family dog refuses to go into the house, then is found dead the next day. Then, the youngest daughter tells mum Carolyn (Lili Taylor) she has a new friend - who no one else can see.
Carolyn and her husband Roger (Ron Livingston) know something is not right, so get in touch with paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga). When the couple visit the Perron house for the first time, they, too, are exposed to ghostly danger.
The Conjuring has a flat script, so all credit to horror master Wan for managing to turn it around and create a spooky, believable tale with a sense of make-or-break urgency. The pace is enjoyably fast, and every scary scene executed well - almost well enough to make you wish the movie were longer.
YP Rating: 4/5