The Conjuring, James Wan’s (Saw) newest horror film, purports to be the true story of a haunting and the original ghost hunters who investigated it. In 1970, the Perron family (Roger & Carolyn Perron and their five daughters) moved onto a farm in Rhode Island. Little did they know the site was also home to a number of the deceased. Per eldest daughter Andrea Perron: “For almost a decade our family lived among the dead. There we came to understand we are not alone and there is something beyond mortal existence.” (as documented in her book House of Darkness, House of Light). Of course – Hollywood can’t resist a good based-on-a-true-story horror film. And now the Perron’s ten-year ordeal (or was it?) is a full-fledged motion picture starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga and Lili Taylor, among others.
At WonderCon, the real life Perron daughters discussed their surprisingly positive feelings towards being haunted and how they coped as adults having lived through such an ‘ordeal’. In addition, executive producer Walter Hamada discussed how hands on he was with James Wan directing (i.e. not very) and what can we expect from the newest trailer for the film set to debut alongside Evil Dead’s release. For the full video interview, hit the jump.
Warner Bros. has released the first full-length trailer for director James Wan’s (Saw, Insidious) upcoming horror film The Conjuring. The first trailer for the film was a genuinely terrifying clip that showcased the kinds of scares Wan has crafted for this latest horror pic, and this new full trailer is no less terrifying. The film is based on the story of the Perron family who inhabited a haunted Rhode Island farmhouse in the 1970s. Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston play the Perrons, and Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson play a husband and wife team of psychic investigators who encounter the most horrifying case of their career. Wan recently told the audience at WonderCon that the film received an R-rating simply for being “too scary,” and I’m now fairly certain that I’ll be watching this one through covered eyes this summer.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer, click here to read Dave’s recap of the film’s WonderCon panel, and click here to read our interview with Wan. The pic also stars Joey King and Mackenzie Foy. The Conjuring opens on July 19th.
James Wan, the talented filmmaker behind Saw and Insidious, was on hand this at WonderCon (ComicCon’s little brother) this weekend to promote his newest horror/ghost-story The Conjuring. Much like Insidious, the film focuses on the haunting of a family and the paranormal investigators tasked with ending such woes. However unlike Insidious, The Conjuring purports to be a true story. There really was a Perron family – and they (per Andrea Perron’s book and recollections) really were haunted by the supernatural for close to nearly a decade. The validity of such claims seems like a moot point – as based on the quick teaser and footage shown, the film seems terrifying enough on its own be it fictional or not.
In the following video interview with Wan, he discloses his fascination with ‘true’ supernatural tales, the testing process on The Conjuring and when the next trailer for the film is set to premiere. Hit the jump to watch.
Today at WonderCon, the Warner Bros. panel featuring a presentation from James Wan’s The Conjuring. Wan set the tone for the panel by presenting two creepy clips that sent waves of nervous energy coursing through the audience. The footage got great crowd reactions and will certainly create some buzz leading up to the film’s summer release date. Also on hand were members of the real-life victims of this particular haunting and the original paranormal investigators upon which the film is based.
The Conjuring, opening July 19th, stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Joey King and Mackenzie Foy. Hit the jump for our panel recap.
New posters for a few upcoming films have made their way online. Briefly:
- The Conjuring – The first poster for director James Wan’s insanely creepy-looking horror film teases the fact that the story is based on true events. The film stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, and Lili Taylor and opens on July 19th.
- Planes – The debut poster for Disney’s Cars spinoff teases the many anthropomorphized aerial vehicles that will be featured in the film. The voice cast includes Dane Cook, Val Kilmer, and Anthony Edwards and opens in 3D on August 9th.
- Epic – A new batch of character posters for the upcoming animated film introduces the colorful cast of characters. The film features the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Christoph Waltz, and Aziz Ansari and opens in 3D on May 24th.
Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses for the aforementioned films.
Warner Bros. has released a batch of new high-resolution images from some upcoming summer films. Briefly:
- The Hangover Part III – A new image from Todd Phillips’ trilogy-closer teases a familiar scene as Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, and Ed Helms ride an elevator. The film opens on May 24th.
- The Great Gatsby – A couple of new images from director Baz Luhrmann’s colorful adaptation highlight Leonardo DiCaprio’s titular character flanked by his new friends. The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and Joel Edgerton and opens in 3D on May 10th.
- The Conjuring – Director James Wan’s new horror film debuted a ridiculously creepy teaser trailer earlier last month, and these new images feature Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga’s psychic investigator characters. The film also stars Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston and opens on July 19th.
- Getaway – A new image from this car-set thriller gives us a canted look at Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez’s lead characters. The film opens on August 30th.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.
The full lineup for WonderCon 2013 has been released, and it’s a pretty solid slate of film and TV fare. Among the highlights of this year’s convention are panels for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, director James Wan’s horror film The Conjuring, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s star-studded directorial debut This Is the End, the YA adaptation The Mortal Instruments: The City of Bones, Joss Whedon’s Shakespeare pic Much Ado About Nothing, as well as TV panels for Eli Roth’s Netflix series Hemlock Grove, CBS’ Stephen King adaptation Under the Dome, BBC’s Doctor Who, and much more.
Hit the jump to check out the schedule. WonderCon 2013 runs from March 29 – 31. Be sure to come back to Collider later this month for our extensive coverage from the convention.
Every once in a while I use this space to tout a recently released Blu-ray/DVD that I missed in theaters but, via the magic of home video, was finally able to check out from the comfort of my couch (click here to see me gush about The Perks of Being a Wallflower). Today I’ll do the same by encouraging you to check out co-writer/director Scott Derrickson‘s horror pic Sinister. There’s nothing spectacular going on here, it’s just an effective movie with several scenes that I found genuinely frightening/disturbing. Moreover, it’s probably the last widely-released horror entry since Insidious that left me turning some of the lights on in the house shortly after it ended.
With my “Super Cool Blu-ray Pick of the Week” out of the way, this week’s Top 5 includes interviews from the set of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, some drama-inducing first set images from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a set visit recap and interviews for Park Chan-wook‘s Stoker, Jack the Giant Slayer interviews, and the first trailer and poster for director James Wan‘s The Conjuring. As you may expect, a brief recap and link to each of these can be found completely free of charge after the jump.
Warner Bros. has released the incredibly creepy first trailer and poster for director James Wan’s (Insidious, Saw) horror film The Conjuring. The pic is based on the story of the Perron family who inhabited a haunted Rhode Island farmhouse in the 1970s. Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston play the Perrons, and Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson play a husband and wife team of psychic investigators who encounter the most horrifying case of their career. The film’s release date was moved into the middle of the summer after some through-the-roof test screening responses, and from this trailer I can most certainly see why. Horror films rarely frighten me, but I found this incredibly well-cut trailer to be extremely effective and just a little bit terrifying.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster, and click here to read Matt’s positive recap of the film’s New York Comic-Con panel. The film also stars Joey King, Mackenzie Foy, and Shanley Caswell. The Conjuring opens on July 19th.
The first images from Saw and Insidious director James Wan’s supernatural thriller The Conjuring have been released. The film has become a curious point of interest as of late, as Warner Bros. recently moved the film from its upcoming January release date to a prime summer spot following some wildly positive test screenings. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as a husband and wife team of demonologists and psychic investigators who enter the most horrifying case of their career, spirits in a Rhode Island farmhouse. The pic is based on the true story of the Perron family who encountered a similar situation in the 1970s. Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor star as the couple who unknowingly move into the house, and I’m interested to see how one of these small-budget horror films fares in the midst of the blockbusters of the summer.
Hit the jump to check out the first images, and click here to read Matt’s recap from the film’s New York Comic-Con panel. The Conjuring opens on July 19, 2013.
I went into the panel for The Conjuring knowing nothing about the film other than James Wan (Insidious) directed it and it starred Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, and Ron Livingston. I came away thinking that Warner Bros. might have a surprise horror hit on their hands for 2013, and I say this as someone who is not a fan of Wan’s breakthrough film, Saw (I have yet to see Insidious). We got to see a solid trailer and a clip that really got the crowd going, and it looks like Wan may have created a nice period flick that puts a nice spin on the paranormal investigators-vs-haunted-house horror sub-genre.
Hit the jump for my recap of the panel, click here for all of our New York Comic-Con coverage.
Here is the latest movie release calendar, including new release dates and one release date shuffle:
- We’re the Millers, a pot comedy starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston, is set to open August 9th, 2013.
- The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, a magician comedy starring Steve Carell and Jim Carrey, opens March 15th, 2013.
- Prisoners, a thriller starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, opens September 20th, 2013.
- The Conjuring, a horror/thriller starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, now opens six months later on July 19th, 2013.
Hit the jump for more on the films’ synopses and casts.
Here are a few updated release dates for some upcoming films:
- Trouble with the Curve, starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake has moved up a week to September 21, 2012.
- Hit & Run, written/starring/directed by Dax Shepard and also starring Kristen Bell and Bradley Cooper, will open August 22nd, 2012.
- The Conjuring, previously titled The Warren Files, stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor, will open January 25th, 2013.
Hit the jump for more on each film.
McKenzie Foy and Joey King are in talks to star opposite Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lilli Taylor, and Ron Livingston in New Line’s horror feature The Warren Files, formerly known as The Conjuring. The script by Chad and Carey Hayes is based on the story of the Perron family who inhabited a haunted Rhode Island farmhouse in the 1970s. Taylor and Livingston are the Perrons. Farmiga and Wilson will play Ed and Lorraine Warren, a husband and wife team of psychic investigators. According to Variety, director James Wan (Insidious) will start shooting in North Carolina later this month.
Foy is most known for her role as Renesmee in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, with Part 2 on the way in November 2012. King is the utterly charming star of 2010′s Ramona and Beezus who will next be seen as Young Talia Al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises on July 20. Hit the jump for more on the real life tale that inspired the project.
Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor are in negotiations to join the cast of a supernatural thriller formerly known as The Conjuring. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as “a husband and wife team 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 unknowingly move into the haunted farmhouse with their kids.
James Wan (Insidious) is directing with a North Carolina shoot in mind for March. THR says the new working title is “Untitled Warren Files Project.” When New Line bought the script by Chad and Carey Hayes, they also acquired the life rights for paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren as well as the Perron family who moved into the Rhode Island farmhouse in the 1970s. Hit the jump for more on the real life tale that inspired the project.