WonderCon is currently taking place in Anaheim, CA, and although HCF is not in attendance, we are keeping a close eye on the news being reported from the event. Today Collider reported some very exciting news on Warner Brothers and James Wan’s The Conjuring panel.
Warners took to the stage, with Insidious director James Wan to promote his latest terror tale, The Conjuring. The film is based on the true story of a husband and wife team of paranormal investigators. Lorraine and Ed Warren entered a farm house in Rhode Island and came across the most terrifying case of ghosts they had ever encountered.
Lorraine Warren herself was on the panel, along with Andrea and Cindy Perron who are the daughters of the owners of the haunted house. Both Lorraine Warren and the Perron sisters had nothing but praise to say about Wan’s abilities to tell their terrifying story:
Andrea Perron said “that she was surprised to see so many elements of her story captured on film, especially the authentic and accurate love bond between the family members. She called Wan a “gifted director.”
Lorraine Warren complimented Wan, saying she “was very happy with the portrayal of herself and her husband Ed and stressed that the level of infestation in that house, along with the terrified mother and children, made it one of the most extreme cases they ever had to deal with”
James Wan went on to say “he had nothing left to prove in the horror genre and took on The Conjuring because he wanted to tell a story based on the lives of the Perrons and the work of the Warrens with authenticity”
Wan “paid attention to the period detail of the film” and said that “it’s difficult to tell a scary story in a contemporary time since, if someone’s in danger, they can simply reach for their cellphone to call someone. In the 70s, during which the movie takes place, people had to use the dedicated telephone line in the house itself, which just so happens to be the location of the source of their terror. He found it liberating to take this old-school approach”
However, most interesting of all is the rating The Conjuring has received in the US. Wan set out to make a PG-13 rated horror film, and as with some recent classic horrors like The Woman in Black, The Others and The Mothman Prophecies, gore is not necessarily needed to scare an audience. Many horrors have passed as PG-13, or in the UK a 12A, simply because there is no violence or gore, and atmosphere and real fear is what is used to often terrific effect.
Now, while these lower rating horrors generally get away with the softer rating because of a lack of violence, nudity or bad language, this is also what Wan was aiming for. However, when The Conjuring went to get its MPAA rating, it came back rated R, which was not what Wan was hoping for. And the reason the film did not receive a PG-13 as was intended? Simple, The Conjuring is “too scary” Now that is very very good news indeed!
At the WonderCon panel, the rating of the film was discussed, and it was said that the MPAA cited no specific scenes that could be altered or removed, but also didn’t mess with Wan’s film, which the director was thankful for.
Directed by James Wan, Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes wrote the screenplay. The Conjuring stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Mackenzie Foy, Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston.
The film centres on a a husband and wife team (Wilson, Farmiga) of demonologists and psychic investigators who enter the most horrifying case of their career, spirits in a Rhode Island farmhouse. Livingston and Taylor will play a couple who move with their kids to the farmhouse and begin to be haunted.”
“The Warrens founded the New England Society for Psychic Research in 1952 and later opened the Occult Museum. They are the authors of numerous books about the paranormal and their own private investigations into various hauntings. They claimed to have investigated over 10,000 hauntings during their career, and the Warrens were among the very first investigators in the controversial Amityville haunting.
The Warrens were responsible for training several paranormal investigating demonologists including Dave Considine, the late Lou Gentile, and their nephew John Zaffis.
“This one plays scarier because it’s more grounded,” said Wan, while comparing The Conjuring to Insidious. “I tried to ground it as much as possible because the realism makes it creepier.”