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The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and written by Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes. It is the first film in The Conjuring Universe.

Starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as Ed and Lorraine Warren respectively, with Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor in the supporting cast, the film presents the case of the Perron family, who lived in rural Harrisville, Rhode Island in the year 1971 as they become haunted just after their arrival in their new home.

Followed by a 2016 sequel, The Conjuring II.


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The Conjuring contain examples of:

  • The '70s: Most of the film takes place in 1971, while the opening scene with Annabelle is set in 1968. A later retcon moved it to 1971, though.
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Carolyn and Lorraine's conversation about the former's family's vacation to the beach is very calm compared to the rest of the film. This scene is recalled by Lorraine to force Carolyn out of the possession.
  • Adult Fear: All over the place. The movie really wants you to finish your popcorn, exit the theatre, and give your family a big hug.
    • The ghost, Bathsheba, overwhelmingly targets the Perron children, down to possessing Carolyn and trying to use her hands to kill April and Christine during the climax. It repeats her actions in life, when she killed her seven-day-old son in a Human Sacrifice. The amount of times the girls are screaming, inches away from their parents, but incredibly difficult to get to, will chill anybody's bones.
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    • Additionally, the ghost latches onto the Warrens because they're trying to help. She goes after their daughter, who's alone in the house save for her sleeping grandma, and does her level best to kill her.
  • Ankle Drag: This happens to Christine Perron and Judy Warren in two separate occassions.
  • Arc Words: "Look what she made me do..."
  • Ax-Crazy: Bathsheba is insane and extremely violent, as her possession of Carolyn shows quite tellingly.
  • Big Bad: Bathesheba.
  • Care-Bear Stare: Lorraine tries this tactic to exorcise Bathsheba from Carolyn's body.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: The Warrens are authorized by the Vatican to perform an exorcist against a witch of Salem, even though the Catholic church wasn’t behind the Salem Witch trials.
  • Creepy Basement: The Perrons' basement is the setting of some of the movie's scariest scenes.
  • Creepy Child: Rory, on the few occasions you get a good look at him. However, creepy is as bad as he gets, as he's actually a benevolent ghost due to being a victim of Bathsheba's curse.
  • Creepy Doll: Annabelle is creepy enough even without the demonic backstory behind her.
  • Crosscast Role: Bathsheba is played by the film's composer Joseph Bishara (who would also go on to play Valak's true form in the sequel and the demon using Annabelle as a conduit in both prequels centred around the doll).
  • Cue the Sun: Right after the exorcism.
  • Cymbal-Banging Monkey: Warren's collection of cursed items includes a cymbal monkey. As Ed says to a journalist visiting it: "Nothing in here is a toy. Even the toy monkey."
  • Demonic Possession: In the first film, Carolyn Perron, the mother of the Perron family, gets possessed by the witch Bathsheba.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Inverted in this case. They wanted to provoke a reaction from the spirits, so the Warrens placed several religious relics around the house.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Carolyn successfully fights Bathsheba's urge to kill her children. Despite all they go through, the Perrons and Warrens all survive the haunting.
  • Everybody Lives: With the exception of the Evil-Detecting Dog, none of the characters die.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: The Perrons' dog refuses to enter the house, sensing malevolent forces within. For its trouble, it becomes the film's only casualty.
  • Ghostly Goals: Bathsheba possesses mothers and forces them to kill her children, as well as killing the dog for the evulz. Most definitely Type B.
  • Hero of Another Story: Maurice, the exorcism patient who gave Lorraine the vision of Ed's death, is one of the main characters of The Nun.
  • Haunted House: It soon becomes a haunted family, as the spirits latch onto the Perrons to the point that leaving the house doesn't help them.
  • Hollywood Satanism: Something that involves killing your own baby, hanging yourself, and making others do the same.
  • Human Sacrifice: Bathsheba sacrificed her baby to Satan in life, and in death she possesses mothers to sacrifice their children too.
  • Kick the Dog: The spirits murder Sadie the dog just to be cruel. And also because she can feel what they are.
  • Kill It with Fire: Discussed and averted. When asked point-blank why he doesn't burn his possessed artifacts, Ed says that it's sometimes better to keep the genie in its bottle. Burning them might just let the spirits run rampant.
  • Living Prop: Two of them. One is Georgiana, Lorraine's mother, who is simply in the movie to have someone to watch over Judy while Ed and Lorraine help the Perrons. The second and more blatant example is at the beginning of the movie, where we learn about Annabelle. Debbie and Camilla are telling everything to the Warrens, but there is a man with the girls, whose name is never mentioned, nor his relation to either of the girls, and he doesn't even speak a word.
  • Lovecraft Country: The entirety of the film takes place in rural New England. The Perrons live in Rhode Island, while the Warrens live in Connecticut.
  • Meaningful Echo:
    God brought us together for a reason.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Oh Drew. When one of the younger daughters goes missing, Drew decides to find her himself while the rest of the adults are dealing with the ensuing craziness. Upon finding her, he announces to everyone in the house, very loudly and in precise detail, exactly where she is located. Bathsheba, while possessing Carolyn, has just broken free of her captors. Yes, she hears Drew, and yes, she heads straight towards the daughter.
  • Noodle Incident: Ed is reluctant to continue with any paranormal investigations due to an incident where Lorraine had a vision of "something" during an exorcism. We never find out what that something was, but it was enough to send Lorraine into a serious Heroic BSoD for several days. This becomes a plot point in the second film, where we find out that it was a vision of Ed's death.
  • Offing the Offspring: What Batsheba attempted to do in life, and what she forced many mothers to do to their children.
  • Ominous Music Box Tune: The circus music box.
  • Perverse Puppet: Annabelle. The first thing we see in the film is this extraordinarily horrible doll from an earlier case, and we learn right away from the Warrens that she's pure evil. She even joins in the Perron haunting for a bit when the spirits breach the Warrens' home.
  • Real Person Cameo: The real Lorraine Warren plays the elder woman in the front row of the classroom when Carolyn is listening to the Warrens' presentation.
  • Rule of Three: The clocks always stop at 3:07 AM, and the angry disembodied knocks always come in threes. In the case of the former, this is Bathsheba's time of death, while for the latter, this is meant as an affront to the Holy Trinity, according to the Warrens.
  • Salem Is Witch Country: When she was alive, Bathsheba was a satanic witch descended from Mary Eastey, one of the women hanged at the trials.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Ed asks the Perrons why they didn't just leave, but all their money's tied down to the house, and they know of nobody who'd willingly take in a whole family of seven in their home. Eventually, Ed realizes that the spirit has latched itself to the family, so it would just follow them wherever they went. He is proven correct when the family finally goes to a motel.
  • Sequel Hook: After depositing the music box in the museum, Ed comments that they've been asked to investigate something on Long Island, a reference to The Amityville Horror, though it would not occur for several years.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: A lot of details were changed (in real life, Carolyn Perron was already 'possessed' by the time the Warrens were called, the Perrons later dismissed the Warrens for not being of any help, the Perrons actually endured hauntings for ten years before moving out rather than the short time depicted in the film, etc.), but the real people involved don't seem to mind. Additionally, the Real Life version of the "Annabelle" doll is actually a Raggedy Ann doll instead of a creepy porcelain doll like in the film. The film's backstory about Annabelle is also a bit different than the real-life version. You can also see the comparison between the film and the real-life version here.
  • Villain of Another Story: The demon who possesses Annabelle has terrorized two other films as the main villain before being relegated into a footnote in the opening scene of this film.

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