James Wan is the man who will be taking the helm of the next Fast & Furious film in the franchise, number seven, to be exact. But James is better known as the man who scares the pants off of audiences with films like Saw, Dead Silence, Insidious, and now, The Conjuring. Wan is also polishing off Insidious 2 for release and he’s come out with a startling revelation. The writer/director says films like The Conjuring make him squeamish!
Despite this unexpected bit of information from the 36 year-old writer/director, it looks like The Conjuring is going to be his scariest film to date. Which is quite an accomplishment since he terrified audiences in the first five minutes with his film Insidious.
In The Conjuring, Wan says that he’s going back. Back to scary films of yesteryear that focussed on great storyline and spectacularly scary visual FX.
The Conjuring is based on a true story and it focusses on a couple, Ed and Lorraine Warren. Played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, the film already boasts a cast of horror film alumni that have proven that they can deliver in the genre. Wilson worked with James on Insidious and Farmiga played the mother in the movie with a twist, Orphan.
The Warrens are a couple who investigate paranormal events. The two worked together in real life throughout the 1970s and 1980s, one of the cases that they investigated in real life was the Amityville hauntings that the Lutz’s experienced in the 1970’s. Although later debunked by critics, the couple did, in fact, deal with the case as part of their workload and were never found to have exaggerated any of their findings.
In The Conjuring, the Warren’s attempt to help a family defeat a demon that lives in their farmhouse.
While the ability of James Wan to scare the bejesus out of audiences is beyond doubt, it turns out that he doesn’t actually enjoy watching horror films. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he said that when watching scary movies, “I squirm, I slide under my chair,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m very squeamish, so if there’s something pretty hardcore on the screen, I can’t watch it.”
So if The Conjuring would make James Wan squeamish, imagine what the film will do to audiences when it opens on July 19!
According to actor Ron Livingston, who plays the head of the family that is besieged by the demon, the film is a winner. He said, “This one worked on the page. The pacing was dynamite. There’s a little roller-coaster ride to get the audience going, and then it settles in to kind of a slow build.”
Sounds like director James Wan, has really outdone himself this time. It helps that the film is based on a true story about real people. Folks who did “ghostbusting” for real. Vera Farmiga, said that she was fascinated by the real Warrens who had investigated over 10,000 paranormal incidents throughout their career.
The 39 year-old actress said, “I was so smitten with them as a couple.” Farmiga also revealed that she decided to work on the film after Patrick Wilson, who’d worked with James on Insidious, told her how great Wan was to work with.
So it sounds like a case of “old home week” for Patrick Wilson and the beginning of a new relationship for Farmiga and James, at least in the area of film work! With so many horror films under his metaphorical belt, Wan’s latest offering looks to be his best yet.
But James won’t have to feel squeamish while he works on his next film, which has actually started filming already, Fast & Furious 7 with Vin Diesel and crew. James has said that he sees the next installment in the action/car franchise as being a “gritty revenge” themed film.
We can’t wait!
But until Fast & Furious 7 hits our screens in 2014; The Conjuring, which would make James Wan squeamish if he had to watch it, will be in cinemas starting July 19.
By Michael Smith