I am not sure if the MPAA is an organization of wussy adolescents or it was paid for the R rating on The Conjuring.
The movie was rated purely for sequences of disturbing violence and terror. I counted only a couple curse words and the most skin shown is when the mother exits the shower in her towel. This is probably the most family friendly R-rated horror movie ever made!
I don’t want to make this sound like it’s a bad thing, as I loved the film for its innocence. I think I can speak for most everyone that the horror industry has been more focused on shock through blood and gore than on a good scary story. I give some serious kudos to director James Wan for making the film and letting the MPAA make the decision rather than neutering it to get the PG-13. I think, ultimately, it worked in his favor because it was great PR having a movie rated R for nothing more than disturbing content.
The Conjuring follows two different plotlines at first that ultimately converge, when the Perron family moves into a house that is haunted by a malicious entity. Famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, are sought by the family to assist them with the unexplained situations taking place in their new home.
As the Warrens are doing a walk-through of the home, trying to debunk before committing to the job, they realize that they are dealing with a genuine haunting. Due to the fact either Ed or Lorraine are priests, they must first seek to find evidence to present the church in order to be approved for exorcism.
As the investigation proceeds the family is continually attacked by the entities and, needless to say, they get the proper evidence enough for the spiritual cleansing. The only problem is the entities malicious behavior is escalating faster than the church approval so the Warrens are left with potential life altering decision of going the exorcism on their own.
I thought this was a fantastic film. Not only was it one of the most monetarily successful R-rated horror movies to date, it was a genuinely good creepy watch!
I wish I could say it was an original story, but this is where it fell a bit short as it isn’t much different from the likeness of the Exorcist and the Amityville Horror, (which was also an Ed and Lorraine Warren investigation).
What this film does succeed at is being a very good scary movie that I could even take my grandmother to. It really wasn’t deserving of an R rating because the content isn’t vulgar or obscene in any way, shape or form. It was at times terrifying, but I don’t feel that should be enough to keep 13 year olds and up from watching it.
I will honestly say some moments in this movie had me wanting to shut my eyes and I just don’t get that feeling anymore from horror films. That alone made it a worthwhile experience for me! I say check it out while it’s still in theaters, as the big screen experience was part of the thrill ride that is The Conjuring!
I give it 8 out of 10