The Monster Is the MacGuffin

The Conjuring is the latest horror film by James Wan, the guy who created the Saw franchise. It's a haunted house, paranormal investigation, exorcism movie with great production values and actors. My expectations were high. The movie has gotten great press. The audience at the theater was packed. I sat next to a young couple, and the woman kept wrapping herself tighter and tighter around her boyfriend, whispering at every creepy moment, "Ohfuckohfuckofuck!" I found myself literally on the edge of my seat more than once. But by the end, I felt let down, as I so often do by scary movies. I made this video essay to explore why.