The Conjuring

Film Review: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It relies on cheap scares instead of shadowy suspense

June 2, 2021

Having essentially built itself around the “based on a true story” hook, the Conjuring universe of films have been served well by a selling point that’s either something you buy into or simply accept as neat marketing. Whilst there’s no denying that Ed and Lorraine Warren did exist and built a name for themselves as […]

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Film Review: Is The Nun (USA, 2018) a sinister ghost story or middling monster movie?

September 6, 2018

The Conjuring universe began five years ago, spurred by James Wan who had successfully delivered one of the great ghost stories of the 21st century. It was a box office darling, as was every sequel and spin-off that came after, with only the first Annabelle (terrible by every standard) failing to meet the franchise’s critical […]

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Film Review: Annabelle: Creation (USA, 2017) is a vast improvement over its dull predecessor

August 9, 2017

When James Wan’s The Conjuring hit cinemas in 2013 it was rightfully heralded as one of the greatest supernatural horrors ever made, instantly shooting to the very top of many genre aficionados’ lists and sewing the seeds for an ever-expanding cinematic universe to the scale no horror franchise has pulled off before. Then Annabelle was […]

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Top 20 Films of 2013 – Part One: 20 to 11.

January 4, 2014

The Iris is proud to present a list of our top twenty films of 2013, voted by our contributors. All films on this list are subject to the Australian release dates – not the original release date in the film’s home country. And we kick off with one such film, released in 2012 in the […]

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Film Review: The Conjuring (MA15+) (USA, 2013)

July 18, 2013

With horror films these days, it’s difficult to avoid either the “torture-porn” sort of films – Saw, Hostel etc. – or the “found footage” stylings of the surprisingly never-ending Paramormal Activity series. But for those who hold the genre close to their heart, it’s hard not to look back to films like The Excorcist or The Amityville Horror and crave a more “classic” style […]

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