Director James Wan has had a busy year. Not only has he reunited with screenwriter Leigh Whannell to make Insidious 2, he’s also been bringing another haunting to life (figuratively speaking) in The Conjuring, another ghost movie that is based an real accounts of paranormal activity that plagued a family in the 1970s.
Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston play Carolyn and Roger Perron, a couple who move into a new home with their five daughters, only to find themselves tormented by malevolent spirits. Desperate, they call on the help of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) – who are perhaps best known for their involvement in the Amityville Horror case – to get to the bottom of the haunting and hopefully rid the house of ghosts.
A new trailer for The Conjuring has just been released over at Yahoo, and comes with an interesting twist: it features interviews with the real-life Perron family. Lorraine Warren was apparently quite heavily involved with the making of the film as a consultant, so it’s perhaps unsurprising that the victims of the original haunting should also be drawn into the promotion of The Conjuring. Their account of events is intercut with clips from the film that show both the ghosts themselves and some of the spooky events that supposedly happened in the house.
If you’re not superstitious and don’t buy into the “true story” aspect of films like The Conjuring, then this trailer probably won’t do as much to scare you as the previous ones have. Many people don’t need to genuinely believe in ghosts in order to be scared by haunted house movies; for those who do believe that there might be something more out there, however, hearing the Perrons talk about their experiences in the house will no doubt add an extra edge of scariness to the story.
Having said that, The Conjuring might not even need any help with the scare factor. The first reviews of the film were recently published and the virtually unanimous impression from all the critics was that Wan has crafted a truly terrifying film, with masterful construction of the haunting scenes and some truly nasty spooks. Not only that, but the MPAA awarded The Conjuring an R rating, not because it has much in the way of gore, but because they simply considered it to be too scary for younger audiences to handle. This may well end up being the most frightening horror movie of the year, in which case you may want to believe that the whole thing is purely fictional.
The Conjuring is out in theaters on July 19, 2013.