Interview: 'The Conjuring' Director James Wan on Cinema & Scares
by Alex Billington
July 16, 2013
"I am a student of cinema, and I love filmmaking of all kinds." He may be known as a master of horror, but James Wan is a talented filmmaker no matter what genre he's working in. I have been an admirer of the Australian director's career for a long time. His break-out feature was Saw, but he never directed any of the sequels. Instead, at least until this year, he made more original projects: Dead Silence, Death Sentence (which I actually liked), Insidious and now The Conjuring. Plus, he is attached to direct next year's Fast & Furious 7 and is also ready with his first sequel - Insidious: Chapter 2. I was lucky enough to sit down for an interview with Wan a few weeks ago to talk about The Conjuring, scaring audiences, and making horror.
This interview was conducted at a hotel in San Francisco, apologies for the weird angle, I didn't even notice. Maybe there's something haunted about that picture frame? This interview also cuts short before the my last question, which didn't record on camera. The rest is still a fun interview, so enjoy my brief chat with James.
Watch my interview with The Conjuring director James Wan, recorded in San Francisco:
My last question for Wan was if he watches other horror movies, and he told me not many because he makes so many of them already and he wants to make something that is true to his movie and his alone. I love that he mentions Wes Craven for comparison and I'm intrigued to see how his Fast & Furious movie turns out. Thanks to James Wan and Warner Bros for arranging the interview and my travel/lodging in San Francisco.
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. Wan directs from a script by Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes, starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston and Mackenzie Foy.
Warner Bros' The Conjuring, directed by James Wan, arrives in theaters everywhere later this week, starting July 19th. See the final trailer for this creepy horror film, which is based on true stories from the Warrens.