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James Wan is Finished with Horror Movies, And it Breaks My Heart

James_WanThere has been talk about James Wan leaving the horror genre ever since news broke that he was recruited to direct Fast & Furious 7, but of course he’d need to leave the genre if he committed to make an action film. However, the problem is that apparently Wan isn’t just going on a horror hiatus while making the nextFast & Furious movie. He’s leaving horror for good.

Moviefone  ran an interview conducted in July for the release of Wan’s latest directorial effort, Insidious: Chapter 2, and in that interview, Wan is quoted as saying:

“I’m going to go on record and say I am finished with the horror genre.Conjuring and Insidious 2 are my two last scary movies.”

Naturally, Moviefone followed up asking for a reason for Wan’s decision to go cold turkey, to which the director replied, “I spent the last ten years of my life doing this. It’s time for a change, for goodness sake!” 

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Review: Insidious Chapter 2

Insidious_Chapter_2_PosterThe talented team of filmmakers manage to elevate the uneven narrative, but as a dedicated fan of the original, “Insidious: Chapter 2” needed to be refined and unnervingly calculating. Instead, it’s just entertaining.

The sequel picks up right where the first film left off. Dalton Lambert (Ty Simpkins) is back from The Further, but Elise (Lin Shaye) is long gone. During the police investigation, Josh and Renai take the boys to his mother Lorraine’s (Barbara Hershey) home, but almost immediately after moving in, Renai and Lorraine come to realize that they’re still being haunted.

While Renai does her best to convince Josh that their family is at risk, Lorraine takes matters into her own hands, calls up Tucker and Specs (Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell) and starts to investigate. With the help of Elise’s old colleague Carl (Steve Coulter), they try to put the pieces together so they can close the Lambert family’s connection to the spirit world once and for all.

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Interview: The Cast and Crew of Insidious Chapter 2

Insidious_2First it secured a slew of positive reviews, then it snagged $13.3 million its opening weekend at the box office and after that, Insidious went on to spend a whopping five months in theaters and take a total of $97 million at the world wide box office – all on a $1.5 million budget! 2011’s Insidious absolutely earned its sequel.

Insidious Chapter 2 kicks off right where the first film left off. Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) has just returned from The Further with his astral projecting son, Dalton (Ty Simpkins), and the family gets a glimmer of hope that they no longer run the risk of losing another Lambert to the spirit world. However, almost immediately after relocating to Josh’s mother’s (Barbara Hershey) house, the bumps in the night and eerie baby monitor noises are back and it becomes apparent that Josh didn’t return from The Further alone.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Creepy Real-Life Story Behind ‘The Conjuring’

Lorainne_Warren_Vera_FarmigaThe Conjuring is an excellent film, period, but the effects of this are undeniably elevated due to the fact that it’s based on true events. As someone with a firm handle on delivering stellar scares without resorting to tacky tactics and overly grotesque imagery, director James Wan loads his latest with moments that’ll have you jumping out of your seat and/or covering your eyes. But the film’s true roots lets the material truly seep in, leaving you with much more than the thrill of a good jolt. Taking horror one step further, it has the power to make you believe.

The Conjuring’s Ed and Lorraine Warren

In the film, Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga portray Ed and Lorraine Warren, a husband-and-wife team of paranormal investigators. They make house calls and usually pinpoint logical reasons for even the eeriest of bumps in the night, but every now and then they come face-to-face with something not of this world. After exorcising a demon or locking away haunted artifacts in their personal archival room, the Warrens offer lectures on their work at a local university. And that’s where Carolyn Perron (Lili Taylor) tracks them down.

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Review: The Conjuring

The-Conjuring-PosterNot only is “The Conjuring” loaded with nightmarish scenarios, but it boasts an exceptional amount of character development, making the experience far more than just a good scare, rather a truly thoughtful and all-consuming experience.

Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) are a husband-wife team of demonologists. When they’re not giving lectures on their work, they’re making house calls. While the majority result in totally logical explanations for seemingly unnatural bumps in the night, occasionally they do encounter the real deal. One such case occurs when they visit the Perron family in the 1970s.

Right as they walk through the door of their new Harrisville, Rhode Island home, Carolyn and Roger Perron (Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston) and their five daughters immediately notice something isn’t quite right. Their dog acts up and they catch whiffs of a strange smell here and there, but it’s nothing they can’t blame on the mildly deteriorating condition of their new abode. However, when things turn violent and the safety of their children is clearly at risk, Carolyn tracks down Ed and Lorraine and insists they come over to assess their situation.

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From the Set of James Wan’s The Conjuring

Lili-Taylor-The-ConjuringI’d like to bet a number of you at least wonder whether or not paranormal activities really go down. No? Are you a total nonbeliever? Perhaps you should look into the work of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a husband-wife team of paranormal investigators who’ve logged some incredible, out-of-this-world happenings including the infamous Amityville Horror.

With loads of supposedly true experiences ripe for a big screen adaptation, the Warrens’ files are a Hollywood goldmine and Warner Bros. knows it. The studio now has The Conjuring on the way, a film that tells the true story of the Perrons, a family of seven living in Rhode Island that suffers at the hands of sinister spirits in their own home in the 1970s. Lili Taylor stars as the matriarch, Carolyn Perron, and Ron Livingston as her husband, Roger. Desperate to keep their children safe, Carolyn and Ron call in Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) to investigate.

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Interview: Insidious’ Rose Byrne

Knowing was kind of creepy and 28 Weeks Laterpretty suspenseful, but you’ve never seen Rose Byrne handle horror as she does in Insidious. She stars as Renai, a loving mother and wife who moves into a brand new home with her family. While exploring their creepy new abode, their eldest son, Dalton (Ty Simpkins), falls off a ladder and winds up in an inexplicable coma. With no sound reason for Dalton’s condition, he’s sent home from the hospital and that’s when the truly horrifying events begin.

Not only is Renai bearing quite a bit of emotional baggage at the start of the film, but the pressure continues to build throughout. Look at this from Byrne’s prospective; not only does she have to take her character through an intense arc, but she also must envelop herself in this supernatural world all while under the pressure of having just 22 days to shoot the film. Tough stuff, right? Maybe, but not for Byrne.

Byrne only had the best to say about this project from working with stellar co-stars to her top-notch team of horror filmmakers which includes Saw vets James Wan and Leigh Whannell as well as Paranormal Activity’s Oren Peli and Jason Blum. For any actress looking to dive into the genre, Byrne certainly surrounded herself with the right people. The only downside to that? They’re quite eager to throw you into some pretty horrifying situations. Hear all about Byrne’s experience makingInsidious in the interview below and, if you don’t mind losing some sleep, be sure to check out the film’s bumps in the night firsthand when the film hits theaters on April 1st.

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Review: Insidious

It’s taken three months, but we’ve finally got a 2011 horror film worth seeing; something overwhelmingly unnerving with the power to keep you up at night, Insidious. It’s got a little Nightmare on Elm Street, a part The Exorcist and a hint of Paranormal Activity, too and the results certainly honor genre expectations all while delivering an exhilarating, unique and horrifyingly unpredictable experience.

Josh and Renai (Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne) are a pretty happy couple. They’ve had their issues, but are leaving them behind by moving into a beautiful new home with their three children. All is well until their eldest son, Dalton (Ty Simpkins), opts to do some exploring and winds up falling off a ladder in the attic. The next morning, Dalton won’t wake up. Josh and Renai take him to the hospital, but only to find out that he’s inexplicably in a coma.

Three months pass and now, not only is Dalton still in his state, but Josh and Renai have a new problem on their hands, strange and downright terrifying bumps in the night. When Renai comes to the conclusion that their new abode is haunted, unlike in any other film of the genre, the family actually moves. However, house swapping doesn’t rid them of their ghostly guests, rather intensifies the situation.

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Interview: Insidious’ Patrick Wilson

After the success of the Saw franchise and Paranormal Activity, who passes up the opportunity to work with James Wan, Leigh Whannell, Jason Blum and Oren Peli on a horror flick? Certainly not Patrick Wilson and who teamed up not only with the best of the best in the horror genre, but a talented cast too, for Insidious.

In Insidious, Wilson stars alongside Rose Byrne as Josh and Renai Lambert, a generally happy couple with promising careers and three cute kids. Problems arise when one of their kids, Dalton (Ty Simpkins), falls off a ladder and winds up in a coma – or so the doctors think. You think that’s bad? Just wait until a little while later when Dalton’s still in this state and the bumps in the night begin.

After having done big budget action films like A-Team and Watchmen, this independently run experience was a nice change of pace for Wilson. The team may have had just 22 days to film the entire feature, but between Wilson’s natural chemistry with Byrne, his existing relationship with Simpkins and enthusiasm for the unique script, making Insidious was a wholly natural and successful process. Hear all about it straight from Patrick Wilson himself in the video interview below.

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