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Immersed in Movies: James Wan and Vera Farmiga Talk '70s-Set Paranormal Frightener 'The Conjuring'; Sequel in Works (VIDEO)

"The Conjuring" proves that you don't have to indulge in torture porn to be scary. In fact, the well-crafted throwback is a family drama driven by horror. It's a true life story from 1971 about a family tormented by spirits in its secluded Rhode Island farmhouse, and how renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) came to their rescue.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 16, 2013 1:59 PM
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WATCH: Cleverly Creepy New Trailer for 'The Conjuring'

Check out the canny new trailer for James Wan's "The Conjuring," which is receiving strong reviews prior to its July 19 release. (Variety's hailed it as "Insidious" and "Saw" director Wan's "masterpiece.") The trailer cleverly interweaves interview snippets with the real-life Perron family, whose story of being haunted in their Rhode Island farmhouse in the 1970s is the basis for the film. Even the use of the baritone voiceover evokes a creepily vintage feel.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 1, 2013 2:40 PM
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LAFF Review Roundup: James Wan's 'The Conjuring' is Classic Horror (TRAILER)

"The Conjuring" premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Friday night; early reviews call the latest film from "Saw" and "Insidious"creator James Wan a skilled reworking of the old-fashioned horror genre. Variety writes that "The Conjuring" is Wan's best film. Warner Bros. opens the thriller stateside on July 19th.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 22, 2013 8:55 PM
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