Writer and director James Wan has been a key player in the increased contemporary success of the horror genre. From Saw to the Insidious franchise, Wan has time and time again illustrated a keen sense for what goes bump in the night. While he has moved on to bigger things with the upcoming DC Universe, Aquaman, Wan had a huge hit five years ago with The Conjuring. Based on the real-life paranormal exploits of husband-and-wife team, Ed and Lorraine Warren, the small haunted house film produced big box office receipts.
The film remains a perfect thrill-ride from start to finish, boasting several effectively terrifying scenes. Arguably, The Conjuring’s stand-out moment comes when Lili Taylor’s Carolyn Perron is trapped in her basement with no lights. With that final lit match lighting Taylor up just enough to see those hands come out from the darkness, The Conjuring gives audiences one of the best jump scares in the last decade or so. Wan patiently sets this scare up earlier in the film as part of the children’s game and the patience pays off. Check out this week’s Monday Morning Scare below.