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Wan builds suspense skillfully in "The Conjuring"

Carolyn Perron (Lili Taylor) and one of her five daughters, Christine (Joey King) are terrified by something in their house in “The Conjuring.”
Photographer: Warner Bros.
Carolyn Perron (Lili Taylor) and one of her five daughters, Christine (Joey King) are terrified by something in their house in “The Conjuring.”
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Haunted house movies only work if the people in the house are worth scaring. Sounds stupid, but it’s true, although let’s be honest: Real estate is inherently frightening. The quirks and creaks of an old house are always good for gallows humor or a cold shot of dread. As I write this the fridge in our new / old residence is softly moaning like a distant foghorn. Is it the way the appliance sits on ...

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