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Review: 'Conjuring' is a demonic horror history lesson

9:24 PM, Jul. 17, 2013
Lili Taylor, left, and Joey King hear things go bump in the night in 'The Conjuring.'
Lili Taylor, left, and Joey King hear things go bump in the night in 'The Conjuring.'
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Sadie knows. The dog always knows not to go into the haunted house.

But since this was 1971, and the world, much less Rhode Island's Perron family, had not seen "The Exorcist" and the generations of ultra-realistic horror movies and "Ghost Hunters" TV shows that followed, they didn't see heed the dog's warnings. The Perrons were in for it.

"The Conjuring" is like a prequel to 40 years of demonic possession thrillers, a movie about the original ghost hunters, Ed and Lorraine Warren, and an early case this "Amityville Horror" couple found so terrifying they never talked about it - "until now!" ...

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