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James Wan Crafting Another Haunting in the Form of 'The Conjuring'

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June 23, 2011
Source: Variety

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His April release of the horror film Insidious has since turned out to be the most profitable film of 2011 by grossing $75 million worldwide for a film that only cost a mere $1.5 million to make. Now Variety reports director James Wan is crafting his next spooky film for New Line with The Conjuring. This time, Wan is using the real-life story of the Perron family to inspire this particular tale as the lot of them claimed that they "lived among the dead" with spirits that were both friendly and evil inhabiting their farmhouse in Rhode Island back in the 1970's. However, right now it's not clear when production will even begin anyway.

Wan essentially reinvigorated horror with Saw (even though the sequels overstayed their welcome), and while he hasn't really captured the essence of what made that such an original and trend-setting horror film, Insidious wasn't certainly a valiant effort. My issue was that the last half of the film felt like it was the end of a completely different movie. Meanwhile, the first half was a promising, and suspenseful haunted house sort of story along the same lines as Poltergeist and Paranormal Activity. Honestly, I would love it if Wan could deliver another horror flick as good as the original Saw, but truly quality films in that genre only seem to come around every five years or so.

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  • ff
    Insidious made $75 million?  Wow there are a lot of dumb teenagers out there.
    • http://www.firstshowing.net Alex Billington
      What are you talking about? Insidious is a good movie, at least I liked it. It was marketed as something more than it was. I saw it first at a film festival (before it was even bought), that's what it is, an indie film where James Wan was just doing what he wanted and trying new things to shake up the stale horror genre with budgetary restraints. I thought he did a great job and the result is incredibly unique. FilmDistrict just marketed it well, even though not everyone liked it when they saw it.

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