“Based on a true story” depends upon how much is “based” and how much “true”.
The Conjuring (baffling title) is the best ghost film since The Innocents. It has been made with integrity and precision, using Blair Witch techniques and never going Evil Dead on you.
If this really happened, it opens windows of perception into the paranormal that is disturbing to say the least.
The concept of unquiet spirits feeding off the living is so much more horrifying than simply turning up in a sheet and going “Boo!”
In 1971 the Perron family – five daughters, mom and pop – move into a farmhouse on Rhode Island where strange things, often violent, always at night, begin to occur. They persuade Ed and Lorraine Warren, renowned demonologists, to investigate. What they discover will constitute their most famous case.
Even if truth lies halfway between dramatic licence and real events, the film avoids horror cliches and shakes the timbers of scepticism. The girls especially give it a stamp of authenticity as fear crawls inside you and breeds.