With the summer blockbuster season about to get underway, it’s easy to get swayed by the bigger and therefore more obvious choices for box office success. However, when it comes to being somewhat overlooked, director James Wan has been there, done that. Back in 2004, the then-unheard of filmmaker made his mark with Saw – a film shot for just over $1 million, which went on to gross over $100 million worldwide and spawn a massive horror franchise.
As if this weren’t enough, Wan more or less repeated this achievement with 2007’s Insidious before going on to completely take things to the next level with 2013’s The Conjuring. Made for a pittance, the based-on-true-events tale of paranormal investigating duo Ed and Lorraine Warren seemingly came out of nowhere and went on to become one of the highest grossing horror films of all time.
Now with less that a week to go before The Conjuring 2 is released, a series of clips from the film, plus over 10 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage have found their way online courtesy of CBR. There’s enough here to further heighten excitement levels of those looking forward to the sequel – and likely more than enough to spoil things for the purists. Check out a small selection of the clips below if you dare, then head here to see the remainder.
Any horror fan would be hard pressed to watch these clips and not see something of value within them. Wan seems to be in prime form with this new tale of Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) Warren as they travel to London, England in order to investigate a haunting in the borough of Enfield. The story is based on the true events experienced by single mother Peggy Hodgson and her four children from 1977-1979. As of this writing, early reviews for the film have already begun to trickle in and are, for the most part, positive.
It’s easy to see how a film like this could bring Wan yet another huge box office hit. While much bigger budgeted fare lives and dies based on the need for massive financial gross just to recoup its costs, Wan has found a winning formula in keeping his budget small enough to more easily turn a profit – especially when what he creates is overwhelmingly embraced by audiences.
Should The Conjuring 2 prove to be yet another big success for Wan, horror fans will once again be singing his praises, but studio heads – the very same ones who tasked him with directing the upcoming Aquaman standalone movie – will likely breathe a sigh of relief, safe once more in the knowledge that they’ve hired a director who can bring audiences in and downright thrill them.
The Conjuring 2 opens in US theaters on June 10th.