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James Wan sticking with haunted houses for The Conjuring

06.23.2011

Well I guess the man's found his new niche. After creating the torture porn horror genre with SAW that has pretty much run its course, James Wan is now firmly in the business of haunted houses.

His last spooky ghost film, INSIDIOUS was rather well received, and so he's sticking with the theme for his next, THE CONJURING. It's said to be "inspired by" the tale of the Perron family, who experience some crazy supernatural shit in their Rhode Island home. The "inspired by" is key because Wan doesn't actually have the rights to their story, so they'll have to change it up a bit. Oh also ghosts don't actually exist, so there's that.

I'm guessing it will be "inspired" the same way THE STRANGERS was "inspired by" people being killed in a cabin at some point in history. Seriously, was that supposed to be based on the Manson murders or something?

THE CONJURING just got picked up by New Line, and is being written by HOUSE OF WAX's Chad and Carey Hayes. Though I doubt we'll see Paris Hilton getting speared through the face this time.

Extra Tidbit: What did you think of INSIDIOUS? I liked it at the time, but it didn't make a real lasting impression.
Source: Variety

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9:48AM on 06/23/2011
Insidious was great, one of the scariest movies I've seen in years.

As for THE STRANGERS being inspired by a true story, the only part that was true was the bit where the girl came to the door in the middle of the night looking for someone who didn't live there. From what I read that happened to the writer and he spun the rest of the story off of that.
Insidious was great, one of the scariest movies I've seen in years.

As for THE STRANGERS being inspired by a true story, the only part that was true was the bit where the girl came to the door in the middle of the night looking for someone who didn't live there. From what I read that happened to the writer and he spun the rest of the story off of that.
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9:30AM on 06/23/2011

I think INSIDIOUS was very bold...

Wan played with elements not commonly seen these days in horror films much like Sam Raimi did with DRAG ME TO HELL. I think it was a terrific flick and Rose Byrne made for amazing eye candy.
Wan played with elements not commonly seen these days in horror films much like Sam Raimi did with DRAG ME TO HELL. I think it was a terrific flick and Rose Byrne made for amazing eye candy.
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12:33PM on 06/23/2011

Wan Suprised me with Insidious

As someone who was no fan of the ' Torture Porn' Genre, I had little to no expectations when I saw Insidious. Boy was I impressed. It scared the bejesus out of the crowd I saw it with, and for once, the script was logical, and airtight, no loose ends. The actors were all very good, and the fact that Wan took several time honored haunted house conventions and turned them inside out really gets your attention. I also think that this film should be nominated for sound design, because this was a
As someone who was no fan of the ' Torture Porn' Genre, I had little to no expectations when I saw Insidious. Boy was I impressed. It scared the bejesus out of the crowd I saw it with, and for once, the script was logical, and airtight, no loose ends. The actors were all very good, and the fact that Wan took several time honored haunted house conventions and turned them inside out really gets your attention. I also think that this film should be nominated for sound design, because this was a big part of the film and it delivered big time. Add to that I'll never be able to listen to Tiny Tim in the same way again. If Wan is going actually continue in actually trying to scare people rather than gross them out, I'll be there.
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5:01PM on 06/23/2011

Loved it!

I thought it was great to see someone take the old fashion ghost story and make it feel new and fresh. I think he's very underrated as a director, and I thought "Death Sentence" was one of the best revenge flicks I'd seen in a long time... I trust he'll make something pretty impressive.
I thought it was great to see someone take the old fashion ghost story and make it feel new and fresh. I think he's very underrated as a director, and I thought "Death Sentence" was one of the best revenge flicks I'd seen in a long time... I trust he'll make something pretty impressive.
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9:33AM on 06/23/2011

Sounds great

We need more super-natural horror flicks. I'm glad to see a trend starting.
We need more super-natural horror flicks. I'm glad to see a trend starting.
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9:22PM on 06/23/2011
As in non-japanese remake super-natural horror of course.
As in non-japanese remake super-natural horror of course.
9:16PM on 06/24/2011
i thought insidious was a horror masterpiece along the lines of the exorcist and i see myself excited to watch it, even ten years from now
i thought insidious was a horror masterpiece along the lines of the exorcist and i see myself excited to watch it, even ten years from now
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8:14PM on 06/23/2011
I was never a Wan fan, but I really dug Insidious, very good, the last 20 minutes kept it from being great, though I'm not complaining. I look forward to see what he does with this, but from the writers of House of Wax?
I was never a Wan fan, but I really dug Insidious, very good, the last 20 minutes kept it from being great, though I'm not complaining. I look forward to see what he does with this, but from the writers of House of Wax?
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2:02PM on 06/23/2011
i liked it at first but i agree it doesnt have a lasting impression. I hope he has something that does in the future.
i liked it at first but i agree it doesnt have a lasting impression. I hope he has something that does in the future.
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10:32AM on 06/23/2011
I havent seen The Strangers, but it was a remake. Im guessing the original film wasnt closer to the real story than the American version.

P.S. Hey Tassi. Because you havent seen ghosts, doesnt mean they dont exist.
I havent seen The Strangers, but it was a remake. Im guessing the original film wasnt closer to the real story than the American version.

P.S. Hey Tassi. Because you havent seen ghosts, doesnt mean they dont exist.
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4:34PM on 06/23/2011
'The Strangers' isn't a remake.
'The Strangers' isn't a remake.
4:50PM on 06/23/2011
"The Strangers" is not a remake. If you're referring to them (like most people do), the films were made at about the same time, and, in addition to sitting on the shelf after being made for about a year, the script for "The Strangers" had been written for years prior to its production.
"The Strangers" is not a remake. If you're referring to them (like most people do), the films were made at about the same time, and, in addition to sitting on the shelf after being made for about a year, the script for "The Strangers" had been written for years prior to its production.
9:20PM on 06/23/2011
Ghosts do not exist.
Ghosts do not exist.
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