The Conjuring vs. Insidious

The Conjuring and Insidious series are arguably some of the most terrifying horror films in the genre. Both movie series feature eerie hauntings caused by dark and evil supernatural entities. The creepy music, jump scares, and thought provoking storyline engender a reasonable amount of fright in the viewers. Both series also feature Patrick Wilson as a main character and are directed by James Wan. Viewers who have watched both films have noticed the considerable amount of parallels, thus sparking discussion as to the potential relationship or connection between the two storylines.

For starters, both Insidious and The Conjuring center around ghosts, haunted houses, investigators, jump scares, and families with young children. In Insidious, ghosts are attracted to the Lambert family due to Josh’s ability to astral project into ‘The Further’ while he slumbers. The Conjuring tells the adventures of Ed and Lorraine Warren who investigate a family who is being haunted by a demonic spirit who worshipped Satan while she was alive. In both films, the families are forced to acquire assistance for outside forces and the children and women are victimized to a more severe extent than the husbands.

Viewers who have seen both Insidious and The Conjuring have noticed the similarities of the haunted houses. Both houses contain long hallways and a considerable amount of halls. However, the house in the Conjuring is considerably older and more worn than the one in Insidious. The latter has a more modern exterior and interior, while residing in a more affluent neighborhood and area. Some of the notable parallels between the houses is most likely attributed to the darkness, eerie music, and jumpscares. Additionally, having James Wan as the director of both films most likely adds a similar touch to both films.

Furthermore, Insidious is a work of pure fiction, while The Conjuring is supposedly based on the true case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren. Insidious tells the story of a boy who is haunted by demons who aspire to manipulate his astral projection abilities as an entry for them to join the living again. The Conjuring is based on the experiences of Ed and Lorraine Warren who attempted to cleanse a family from a demonic witch who cursed all future owners of her land. Additionally, Insidious is more recent than The Conjuring. While Insidious is based in 2013, The Conjuring movies are supposed to take place in the 1970s While the two movies have their similarities, there are also abstract differences.

Insidious and The Conjuring are each beautiful masterpieces in the genre of horror. Each storyline is well written and contains enough suspense to leave one unsure about how matters will end. The physical appearances of the demons which haunt the families are equally terrifying and the music engenders feelings of unease. Towards the end, the families survive and purge the evil spirits that threaten to them, with the help of the investigators. However, the ending in The Conjuring is slightly happier than the close of Insidious. While the Insidious family does free itself from the demon’s clutches, it comes at a price when Elise is strangled to death by a now possessed Josh. Only in Insidious 2 does the family truly escape the evil clutches of the supernatural.