The Conjuring

(Sound Design)


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DIRECTED BY: JAMES WAN

SOUND DESIGNER: JOE DZUBAN

SOUND EFFECTS EDITOR: BRUCE TANIS

Main cast:

Ed Warren: Patrick Wilson

Lorraine Warren: Vera Farmiga

Carolyn Perron: Lili Taylor

Roger Perron: Ron Livingston

Andrea: Shanley Caswell

Nancy: Hayley McFarland

Christine: Joey King

Cindy: Mackenzie Foy

April: Kyla Deaver

The Conjuring was undoubtedly one of the scariest movies of the year 2013. Directed by James Wan and written by Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes, the movie revolves around the mystery of a dark presence in the farmhouse of the Perron family. Based on true events, the movie sees Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga playing the role of the Ed and Lorraine Warren, who play the real life character of both the demonologists. The story which was beautifully synchronized with backwards tracking shots and ventriloquist dolls, which are the trade mark of a James Wan movie, is made even more powerful with amazing acting and fine sound effects. The farmhouse is shown as a stereotype countryside farm with a nice lake around it and too much greenery. The kids feel the presence of a dark entity around it and so do the audience watching feel it once the sound effect is come into perfect use. When the third youngest daughter, Christine, gets pulled off the bed, the silence created for mere six to seven seconds was broken by heavy vibration around the theatre and it was followed by the door getting banged. It was very commonly heard of as the scariest scene to give you Goosebumps. And if the scene is imagined without the vibration, the door bang and the silence would have been totally incomplete and the impact it left on the viewers wouldn’t have been as hard and harsh as it was with vibration.

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Sound has been an important aspect of this movie. Be it the soundtracks being played during the scenes, the radio were used beautifully and so was the sound of the not working TV before the thumping of the doors. While shifting into the house a very different kind of sound and soundtrack was used. The usually dull background tune was for few minutes replaced by wind chimes and the soundtrack was a pretty loved pop song. When Carolyn, the possessed mother, believes that someone is in the cellar, she decides to go down. The slipping from the stairs leads to her banging her head on the piano and the moment the lights go off, the sound of the piano is used perfectly to insure that people know there is an evil entity around. The evil soul was related to the sound of door thumping and piano, whereas, when Annabelle and Rory, to different spirits where brought into the story, the use of the toy which played music after the set the timer was used very perfectly. The tune still haunts me and it was also broken by a thunderous effect which ended the build up and started the scene which was feared in many people’s dream. A very smartly directed scene, and to say, my favorite scene in terms of use of sound was when the exorcism of Carolyn was about to take place. As the priest couldn’t make it, it was Ed who had to do the exorcism else they would lose Carolyn forever. Ed, who was neither experience nor baptized to do the exorcism, decides to do it. Right before he says, “I’ll do it”, a small focus was shifted on Ed’s expression and all the sound of the movement and screams were covered by a small heartbeat which of Ed’s. The sound of the heartbeat showed nervousness as well as it created a moment of bravery which led to the happy ending of the movie. The use of the heartbeat, although was followed by silence which was broken by simple bass whenever Carolyn’s head moved.

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THE CONJURING

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The movie was brilliantly directed although if I had the camera in my hand and could also manage the sound for a scene, I would choose to bring in more silence in the initial scenes where the Annabelle doll was haunting the nurses who later committed suicide. The scene had brilliant sound effects of knocking and cribbing of crayons against the wall, although the scene could be ended in silence rather than the loud ending it had because of the soundtrack it followed in the background. The amazing horror flick is undoubtedly one of the scariest movies of all time, but the credit should definitely go to the sound effects used in the movie as it adds perfect feel to it.

Best scenes from Conjuring by Tinytv:
Official Trailer:
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
The Conjuring (2013) – IMDb. 2015. The Conjuring (2013) – IMDb. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1457767/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2. [Accessed 04 April 2015].
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