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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

(Very Little) BLOOD: REVIEW - 'The Conjuring' is solid ghost storytelling

Bowie V. Ibarra

Many years ago, I read a book called 'The Haunted'.  It was probably the scariest book I've ever read since 'The Shining', mostly because it was the true account of the horror experience by the Smurl family and the help they received from the legendary Ed and Lorraine Warren.

That's why when I watched 'The Conjuring', I was pleasantly surprised to see that the protagonists were the dynamic duo of demonology themselves.

The movie starts off with a story of the cursed doll that is mentioned in the aforementioned book.  Before long, you get to see the spooky room where the Warren's keep the cursed objects they collected in their mission to help people, also mentioned in the book.

When the Warren's are enlisted to help the Perron family, who just moved into a beautiful country home, the Warren's discover the tragic history of the place and the source of the paranormal activity in the house.

The story itself is top notch, taking place in the 70s.  The costumes, cars, and setting was put together well for the time period, right down to a rotary phone!  And the acting across the board was phenomenal.  While not a bloody movie, the entire film is chock full of chills and legit frights as they deal with the escalating aggression from the ghosts.

'The Conjuring' is an outstanding movie with a great story and even greater performances from the cast that is completely approved.

And if its a solid ghost story you are looking for, look no further than Alamo Rising, coming soon from  It's the story of an curse that was set down during the battle of the Alamo that is set in motion in modern times.  It's a ghost story of epic proportions.  Keep your eyes out for it by networking with author Bowie Ibarra at his official website

BOWIE VALERIANO IBARRA is the author of the noted 'Down the Road' zombie horror series from Permuted Press.  He's earned a BFA in Acting and a Masters in Theatre History.  Bowie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas.

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