Saw and Insidious director James Wan returns to scare your socks off (again) with The Conjuring, a supernatural horror film (very) loosely inspired by real events. The story revolves around a husband and wife (Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor) who move with their daughters into an isolated farmhouse, where they encounter dangerous specters and "a dark presence" that isn't thrilled about sharing its place with the living.
Patrick Wilson (Insidious) and Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) are costarring as Ed and Lorraine Warren, two experienced paranormal investigators who get more than they bargained for when they travel to the haunted building in Harrisville. Rounding out the cast are Mackenzie Foy (Breaking Dawn - Part 2) and Joey King (The Dark Knight Rises) playing children in peril, as featured in the script written by Carey and Chad Hayes (House of Wax, Whiteout).
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The trailer offer a sample of Wan's old-school scare techniques and reliance upon classic horror scenarios (see: Taylor investigating the creepy basement). It's all clichéd and standard as your average haunted house attraction, but the execution is perfect and makes it near-impossible not to jump when that pair of ghost hands pop out and clap near the end. Wan's horror film made a successful debut at the 2013 New York Comic-Con, with audience reactions suggesting this may end up one of the year's best offerings in the genre.
Insidious lacks the substance or consistency in quality to rank among the greatest scary flicks, but it excels at sending jolts through your body and The Conjuring looks to match or improve in that respect. That makes it worth seeing for anyone who prefers their horror more on the atmospheric side (that goes double for Wan's sequel Insidious Chapter 2, opening later this year).
Keep your eyes peeled for The Conjuring when it arrives July 19th, 2013.
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