Truthfully, though, I'm only middle-aged, if I live to be 110 that is. But that's old enough to have seen a dearth of horror movies. I've read most of the classic horror novels, too. . . and that leads us to the problems I saw in The Conjuring.
Don't get me wrong, it was scary, heart-thumping, and suspenseful, but true? I don't know about that. I didn't research it before we went to see it; that takes all the fun out of it for me. Besides, I got suckered in to that silly movie that was set in the woods, The Blairwitch Project, way back when, and sat through the entire movie with my eyes half-closed not from fright but from motion sickness because of the single camera (or whatever) that they used to make it look "realistic." Blech! That has made me very skeptical of horror movies that claim to be based on fact. Sorry.
But I will say this . . . it was a nice change from the profanity-laced slasher flicks that usually try to pass themselves off as horror. Okay, that's all the soap-boxing I will do. However, being such an old biddy, I also have to say that to me, this movie was sort of like a mash-up of several horror classics such as The Amityville Horror, The Exorcist (still the most frightening movie of all time for me--of course I read the book as a tween so that may have embedded itself in my psyche--such an impressionable age, you know), The Changeling (NOT the one with Angelina Jolie--the one from 1980, with George C. Scott and that spooky ball), The Birds, that Hitchcock classic that made us all fear the grackle, and last but never least, The Sixth Sense--one of the jumpiest movies I've seen--you know, the kind that makes you jump even though you know you're about to see something SCARY.
Now, if you are not middle-aged, or you have been living in a monastery or under a rock somewhere--and you haven't seen the aforementioned movies, then you could be in for a real treat with this one. Just don't expect logic--I mean, wasn't the FLASHLIGHT available in 1971? Who uses matches to explore a walled over cellar? And what happened to the poor dog? No one seemed disturbed by that little detail at all! But I won't give any spoilers, just go see it with an open mind. And if you've seen all the aforementioned movies, try not to sit there and compare, if you can!
Afterthought: What did you think of the movie?