Are James Wan and Night Owl reteaming for another scare?
Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with what I consider some damn cool news concerning James Wan's THE CONJURING. News dropped late yesterday via THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER that not only is Patrick Wilson in final negotiations to star in Wan's new horror flick, but Oscar nominated Vera Farmiga is in talks as well. I for one fell in love with INSIDIOUS when it screened back at SXSW. This might be blasphemous to some, but I really consider that film to be right on par with the classics, like AMITYVILLE HORROR or even POLTERGEIST. The Tiny Tim music playing on vinyl scare was nothing short of brilliant. It's hands down my favorite of Wan's films and leaves me eagerly awaiting whatever he's got next.
Apparently next up on Wan's docket is THE CONJURING, a supernatural thriller along the lines of AMITYVILLE HORROR. The Chad and Carey Hayes (WHITEOUT) scripted film sets a husband (Wilson) and wife (Farmiga) team of psychic investigators out to investigate mysterious happenings at an old Rhode Island home where they encounter some of the nastiest ghosts they've ever come across. To sound slightly like a buzz kill, that plot feels very familiar (although so did INSIDIOUS), though the Rhode Island house of the film is apparently based on a real life horror ghost story. One of the family members of the home released a book last year, which must have grabbed Chad and Carey's attention. If you're curious you can check out some of the book here.
The film is currently in preproduction and is set to begin filming in March. I personally can't wait to see it. What do you guys think?
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Jan. 21, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST
Jan. 21, 2012, 12:43 p.m. CST
Started out great then just became completely ridiculous.
Jan. 21, 2012, 12:45 p.m. CST
by Judge Briggs
Up in the Air proved that ... she has an amazing butt!
Jan. 21, 2012, 12:47 p.m. CST
by Judge Briggs
Agreed! The ending was stupid.
Jan. 21, 2012, 12:56 p.m. CST
She used a double, sorry to ruin the dream!!
Jan. 21, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST
Until Lin Shaye turned up with her gimp mask
Jan. 21, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST
Jan. 21, 2012, 1:17 p.m. CST
I know some people claim to really like it, but I happen to think INSIDIOUS was just plain awful. Good grief.
Jan. 21, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST
Silly, I know, but that's how Alan Moore spelled it.
Jan. 21, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST
In Up in the Air, her name is Sarah Tuttle. I am sure Vera's real ass is just as good though.
Jan. 21, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST
A wall with paint drying on it.
Jan. 21, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST
not to dash your fantasy, but she admitted that was an ass double - she just had a baby and did not feel she was ready to show her behind on screen.
Jan. 21, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST
That was all Vera in those sheer panties. Amen
Jan. 21, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST
"The Chad and Carey Hayes (WHITEOUT) scripted film"... yikes. I really like Wan and Patrick Wilson, though. I was in the camp that enjoyed "Insidious" a lot. Yes, the seams began to show near the end when the film got too ambitious for its meager budget. But the scares--especially in the first two acts--were masterfully crafted. I was kind of hoping that Wan's next affair would be something more outside of the genre, though. My favorite film of his is still "Death Sentence," which I think is hugely underrated.
Jan. 21, 2012, 2:45 p.m. CST
To be fair, I can absolutely see why it's so divisive - I just happened to really like it and I might be in the minority there. I'm hoping Vera Farmiga (a damn good director in her own right) wouldn't attach herself to a project if something in that script didn't reach out to her. And with a 13 mil budget, I don't think it's the money. Who knows though?
Jan. 21, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST
First half of the flick was one of the best movies about hauntings ever made. Top notch, sophisticated yet simple scares along the lines of Shyamalan's 'Sixth Sense'. And then the are-you-fucking-kidding-me Mormon ghostbusters show up to exorcise the Darth Maul-meets-Hot Topic demon and it's game fucking over. Just really terribly fucking godawful. Fucking awful. FUCKING. AWFUL. Next.
Jan. 21, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST
Although the above dickballsworth comment/criticism above gave me one of the biggest talkback laugh-out-loud moments in years, I still really enjoyed the hell out of Insidious. Mormon ghostbusters!! ROFLMAO! Yeah, the criticisms have merit, but you like what you like.
Jan. 21, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST
by Dr Eric Vornoff
...but why would it be blasphemous to say it's on a par with The Amityville Horror? I'd say that's more damning with faint praise than anything.
Jan. 21, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST
I agree...showing the demon at work in his workshop totally eviscerated its potential. I was scared shitless, even on a second viewing.....aside from that, it was a solid film and a twist of an ending. I can forgive that horrible mishap.
Jan. 21, 2012, 5:03 p.m. CST
It was not perfect, but it was damn fine. Sort of like your mom.
Jan. 21, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST
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Jan. 21, 2012, 6:40 p.m. CST
Jan. 21, 2012, 9:11 p.m. CST
by Super Rabbi
Jan. 21, 2012, 9:28 p.m. CST
I totally agree with you regarding Death Sentence, criminally underrated flick, although Saw remains, for me, their very best one ( Leigh Wannell's and his). Particularly love the parking lot chase sequence in Sentence- quite ambitious and the bit that made me see Wan was interested in going the distance outside of any given one-note franchise, namely Saw. Which I love by the way, anyway.
Jan. 21, 2012, 9:56 p.m. CST
In an empty house. Alone. And holy shit balls, I think that was a BAD idea.
Jan. 21, 2012, 10:02 p.m. CST
... And the conclusion is this: INSIDIOUS is one of the most effective horror films of the last decade
That's the best horror flick I've seen since The Ring. Creeped me the EFF out.
Jan. 21, 2012, 10:08 p.m. CST
Heaven forbid any production designer ever create a monster using the colors red and black on the face ever again. Really, if those pithy comments are supposed to represent the worst insults hurled toward INSIDIOUS, then everyone should expect a pretty great movie. Because those comments mean dick.
Jan. 21, 2012, 11:06 p.m. CST
...it was that all the "ghosts" looked like people in halloween costumes. I didn't feel like they were being haunted by anything supernatural, I felt like people with masks were peeking in their windows and saying "boo."
Jan. 21, 2012, 11:54 p.m. CST
That was actually only one ghost seen multiple times. But for the rest, rockhpi, I didn't get the sense they were people in Halloween costumes? The only time we really got a good look at them was at the end, and they were in period attire. Which makes sense if they're ghosts- they're going to be wearing what they wore when they died, and chances are, they died long ago, just like in The Sixth Sense. Everyone who was peeking through windows or moving in the background was too indistinguishable to really "see".
Jan. 22, 2012, 2:04 a.m. CST
things that are deemed "Cool News" kinda suck. learn somethin new everyday
Jan. 22, 2012, 2:41 a.m. CST
Q.T. Lost cred when he rated this below Green Lantern. This movie scared the pants off me. Especially when an old lady bailed me up after and told us about her after death experience.
Jan. 22, 2012, 2:42 a.m. CST
So did every other five minutes of watching this.
Jan. 22, 2012, 3:29 a.m. CST
It had me for the first 30 minutes or so, then went to crap. Kind of like Dead Silence. Lots of cool imagery, but well below what I would expect nowadays from guys like this. Not even close to being a "classic" by anybody's standards though, and I think you'll even have to agree with that. You mentioned some great films there alongside it.
Jan. 22, 2012, 4:55 a.m. CST
The other half? Not so good.
Jan. 22, 2012, 6:24 a.m. CST
Jan. 22, 2012, 8:54 a.m. CST
... have to go hand in hand per se. And on that note I've enjoyed every single James Wan film. It's not that he's the knew Frank Castle, but I imagine him watching films like House on Haunted Hill religiously for that goofy cheese factor. Wan revels in excess. I wouldn't go quite so far as to say he's consciously deconstructing the scare tools of cinema, but that's more or less what I get with each film. He likes to make things poke out at the audience, causing what might have been scary if executed more subtly to become cartoonish and laughable, be it shaky came or load sounds, each film has it's gimmick and the point seems to be to have fun with it. He goes for spooky way more than scary, and sometimes, I want me some spooks!
Jan. 22, 2012, 9:10 a.m. CST
Insidious was good but not great. Suitable entertainment for a lost Thursday night. I think the comparison to Poltergeist is correct (apparently the story of Poltergeist 2 was similar but I haven't seen that). Anyway it was well made, considering the budget.
Jan. 22, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST
The Innkeepers, on the other hand...A damn fine movie!
Jan. 22, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST
Remember that scene with the silhouette of the demon standing in the corner of the kid's room? Remember how you shit your pants at that? Now compare and contrast it with the "big reveal" of the demon in his GothMetal lair sharpening his uberdeth ornamental fingertip rings while the moody Halloween lighting bathes the scene in eerie, otherworldly hues. Was that scary? Fuck no. Was it awesome? Maybe in another movie that DIDN'T predicate the music video approach with a measured, steady assault of creeping terror. It's like the filmmakers pulled a Rat Pfink A Boo Boo and decided halfway through that the slow and serious scarefest was too boring and today's modern and "sophisticated" audiences wouldn't be able to sit still long enough, so they switched gears like a motherfucker and introduced crazy ass technicolor freakouts punctuated with bursts of WTF, all of which led to a decent conclusion which would have been ten times more effective had they not fucked the dog with all their "let's show the demon acting like Marilyn Buttfucking Manson" stupidness. And another potential classic gets flushed away with the rest. Diff'rent strokes for different folks, but I still call bullshit on Insidious. And I still await the next legitimate, bonafide haunted house classic to arrive.
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