9. The Conjuring
Kickstarting a franchise of interconnecting horror films each as chilling as the last, James Wan’s The Conjuring takes the familiar haunted house story and transforms it into a skin-crawling masterpiece of modern horror cinema.
Like most of the instalments in what’s become known as The Conjuring Universe, this film was based on one of the many spooky cases investigated by the very real paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). Whereas The Conjuring 2 was based on The Enfield Haunting and the spin-off Anabelle films took inspiration from a haunted Raggedy Ann doll, the first film took us to Rhode Island in 1971 where we saw the Peron family move into an idyllic farmhouse.
Unfortunately for them, however, the house was still home to the spirit of previous resident Bathsheba, a rumoured Satanist connected to the death of a child.
Critically acclaimed for its chilling depiction of supernatural happenings, The Conjuring is even more chilling when you realise that Lorraine acted as a consultant on the film and has claimed that she didn’t let Wan get overly dramatic with her account of events.
Aside from the odd minor detail change, this film is supposedly how events transpired.