James Wan’s latest terror tale, The Conjuring, is set to open massively in the US this weekend, and will arrive to scare the shit out of the UK on August 2nd. The film was originally slated for a release earlier this year, but early test screenings proved the film had the potential to become one of the years biggest horror films, and Warner Brothers have smartly moved the film to a summer release. The early test screenings said the film was incredibly scary, and the recent premiere confirmed this as those who saw it have said it is Wan’s best film yet, uses classic old school horror, and is absolutely terrifying.
The film is based on a real life investigation by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), and is said to be their most frightening experience. The Warrens are well known real life paranormal investigators, and their cases have been covered previously in The Amityville Horror films and also A Haunting in Connecticut. The Warrens have dealt with so many hauntings and other paranormal spooky stuff that Warners and new partners New Line feel there is plenty of scope for a sequel, and possibly a new horror franchise.
“Horror is very much a part of the DNA of New Line — ‘Nightmare on Elm Street,’ ‘Friday the 13th,’ ‘The Rite,’ and the ‘Final Destination’ films,” notes New Line president Toby Emmerich. “This is as good a horror movie as we’ve ever made…. We think it will have great playability.”
He continued “We have Lorraine’s (Warren) permission and support, and we are working on developing another film,”
This is incredibly exciting news, and considering the years the Warrens have spent investigating paranormal incidents, there are a great number of cases that could be turned into a film. Naturally though, fans would hope that Wan would return as director as he has clearly proved himself as one of the most talented and exciting horror directors working in the world today.
With Fast & Furious 7 next on his list of projects though, a return to The Conjuring might be out of the question for Wan, although he is very keen on the idea. He spoke with EW about the possibility of a sequel, and talked about the creepy doll from The Conjuring called Annabelle which graces the poster for the film:
“There’s so many cases that one could pull out of [the Warrens’] files,” said the director. “I myself think the Annabelle story could be a great standalone movie. That whole story is really interesting and really really scary.”
Actress Vera Farmiga also told EW of her interest in returning to play the role of Lorraine Warren:
“You need a sequel every now and again for the bank account,” the actress laughed. “But for me, personally, it’s because I really enjoyed doing it. I love the camaraderie that Patrick and I have and I genuinely love the character. She’s an eccentric. I’d love to step in Lorraine’s shoes again. And again!”
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.”
The Conjuring arrives in UK cinemas August 2nd.
Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story, “The Conjuring” tells the horrifying tale of how world-renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.