Reviews and new trailer for 'The Conjuring'

Favorable reviews for James Wan’s The Conjuring and a new trailer featuring actual commentary from the affected family are hopefully going to drive audiences to the theater when it opens on July 19.

The terrifying tale that’s based on real life events investigated by paranormal legends, Ed and Lorraine Warren, has been lauded by as, “the closest thing to a horror classic modern audiences are likely to get, particularly in an era when genre offerings seem to be at their most disposable."

The Hollywood Reporter reports, “With its minimal use of digital effects, its strong, sympathetic performances and ace design work, the pic harks back in themes and methods to The Exorcist and The Amityville Horror, not quite attaining the poignancy and depth of the former but far exceeding the latter in sheer cinematic beauty.”

Over at Variety, Justin Chang describes the film as, “A sensationally entertaining old-school freakout and one of the smartest, most viscerally effective thrillers in recent memory.”

The Conjuring carries an R rating and stars Vera Farmiga as Lorraine Warren, Patrick Wilson as Ed Warren, and Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston as the embattled couple trying to protect their family.

Check out the latest trailer, embedded below, and let us know if you’re brave enough to check out what’s being called quite possibly one of the scariest films of 2013.