A sequel to last summer’s hit horror movie The Conjuring was already in the works before the first movie was officially released. But until that follow-up arrives, New Line has a little surprise for fans.
The company has announced an official release date for a spinoff to The Conjuring, which will be titled Annabelle. The movie will arrive in theaters this Halloween season on October the 3rd.
The Conjuring Director: James Wan
Screenwriter(s): Chad & Carey Hayes
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston, Mackenzie Foy, Joey King, Hayley McFarland, Shanley Caswell, Kyla Deaver, Shannon Kook Warner Brothers | New Line Cinema
Rated PG-13 | 112 Minutes
Release Date: July 19, 2013
Before the Amityville Horror, there was the Haunting of Harrisville. Based on true events, The Conjuring is directed by James Wan (Saw, Insidious) and stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as Ed and Lorraine Warren, world-renowned paranormal investigators called up to help a family overcome a dark, demonic entity.
The Conjuring takes place in 1971 and follows Roger and Carolyn Perron (Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor), a married couple who moves into an old farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island with their five daughters only to discover their dream home is haunted by malevolent spirits. Enter World War II veteran and noted demonologist Ed Warren and his clairvoyant wife Lorraine, a bad-ass duo of demon hunters who specialize is seeking out the supernatural.
James Wan‘s The Conjuring, which opens this weekend, is based on one of Ed and Lorianne Warren’s case files. If their names don’t ring a bell, then you might have watched a movie based on one of their previous cases: The Amityville Horror or The Haunting In Connecticut. I caught an advanced screening of the film during the LA Film Festival and have nothing but nice things to say about it.
So it comes as no surprise that all that positive word of mouth has convinced Warner Brothers to move forward with a sequel.
The first trailer for The Conjuring focused on a family off to a brand new start by settling in a new home. Trouble is the home was possessed by unkind spirits who weren’t too keen on playing hide and go seek. Now a new trailer for the James Wan‘s latest directorial effort centers on the real life paranormal activity investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren (played by Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson) and the unholy spirit that seeks to terrify the family and the Warrens.
Once again, Wan chooses to do away with the scares that overemphasize the blood and gore by focusing his frightful attention on the suspense aspect. The shrieks, off-angled appearances by the spirit, and other terrors in this new trailer are just the tip of this scary iceberg. The taglines and the music signify that there is something deeper and more terrifying than WB is actually letting on.
Check out the new trailer for The Conjuring below now.
At WonderCon 2013 in Anaheim, CA, the panel for The Conjuring kicked off with a clip featuring Lili Taylor as a mom playing blindfolded hide and seek with her daughter, trying to find her just by listening to her claps, when she hears claps coming from something in the wardrobe that only the audience realizes isn’t her daughter. Later that evening, she hears the phantom claps again and she goes to investigate. The claps lead her down to her cellar. As she’s walking downstairs, the cellar door slams behind her and the lightbulb breaks, leaving her in darkness. As she turns on her flashlight, we see hands behind her in the darkness, issuing an ominous CLAP CLAP!
Director James Wan explained that the film is based on the true story of the haunting of the Perron sisters as documented by Lorraine Warren, a real-life paranormal investigator. Both Ms. Warren and sisters Cindy and Andrea Perron were on the panel.