conjuring 2 spin-off

The Conjuring 2 is one of the best horror sequels ever made, which is a brazen statement that I backed up with a couple thousand words earlier this week. It’s not quite as good as The Conjuring, but that film is one of the best horror movies of the millennium so far and the sequel is just a fantastic time at the movies. We can all live with that.

And while the sequel deliberately echoed certain beats of the first film on screen, it’s now echoing it in reality. Much like how The Conjuring inspired a spin-off for Annabelle the possessed doll, The Conjuring 2 has inspired The Nun, which will center around the demonic and blasphemous presence Ed and Lorraine Warren combat in their new movie.

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As James Wan enjoys the success of The Conjuring 2 and prepares to dive into Aquaman, another of his projects is taking a big step forward. San Andreas director Brad Peyton has signed on for Malignant Man, an adaptation of a Boom! Studios comic that Wan co-created. Yep, in between all his directing and producing commitments, Wan somehow found time to write a comic.  Read More »

the conjuring 2 trailer

The Conjuring was one of my favorite films of 2013 and remains a genuine contender for one of the best horror movies of the past decade. At the time, it felt like a summation of everything director James Wan had accomplished until that point: it was a clever crowdpleaser filled with scares, but it was also character-driven and classy, recalling an age where horror movies didn’t have to appeal to the lowest common denominator.

The Conjuring 2 ranked high on my most anticipated films of 2016 list and my faith was not displaced. Although not quite as good as the first film, this is one of the best horror sequels ever made, capturing what made the first movie so special and sprinting with it. With Wan taking another break from horror to make Aquaman, this is a perfect and fitting a tribute to the genre that made his career, a gift to people who like horror movies with a little bit of ambition. Let’s take a closer look at what makes The Conjuring 2 work so well…and what holds it back from being as good as the first one. SPOILERS ahead.

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The Conjuring 2 Prank

This weekend brings The Conjuring 2, the latest horror flick from director James Wan, to theaters everywhere. It’s got some good scares and it just might be even more suspenseful and terrifying than the first film, which is saying something. In addition to the spooks provided by his horror sequel, James Wan teamed up with the Brazilian hidden camera prank show Câmera Escondida to pull of a stunt inspired by several scenes The Conjuring 2. Plus, there’s a cameo by a familiar, creepy doll.

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The Conjuring 2 James Wan interview

In 2013,  James Wan directed his most successful and critically acclaimed horror film, The Conjuring. Instead of rushing a sequel to a start date, all involved waited for Wan — a filmmaking machine who has had four features come out in the last three years — to come back for the sequel, which sees the return of paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga). This time, the couple venture overseas for the Enfield Haunting.

At the press day for The Conjuring 2, Wan discussed with us his career, the pace of the film, working with kid actors, and more. We began our conversation with Wan discussing a striking long take in the sequel, in which Ed communicates with an evil spirit, Old Bill. It’s the kind of seamless long take you don’t know is a long take until it’s over. Below, read our James Wan interview.

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james wan the flash

James Wan may have gotten his start in the horror genre, but he proved himself to be perfectly capable of crafting a big, silly, and hugely entertaining blockbuster with Furious 7. Directing a film that grosses $1.5 billion worldwide opens many doors and after signing on to direct a sequel to his 2013 gem The Conjuring, Wan decided to enter the superhero movie fray with a big screen take on Aquaman.

With The Conjuring 2 out in theaters this week, Wan has been making the press rounds, which means he’s been answering his fair share of comic book movie-related questions. Since he can’t say anything concrete yet, the most interesting thing to come out of his mouth actually involves something he didn’t do – direct The Flash.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was supposed to get fans pumped about the rest of the DC Extended Universe film slate. Instead, got them worried. Warner Bros. is clearly aware of this, as evidenced by the steps they’ve taken to right the ship. But what about the other directors tasked with fleshing out this world? Are they concerned about the sour reception to Batman v Superman, and what it might mean for the rest of the franchise?

Aquaman director James Wan weighed in on the Batman v Superman backlash, and he seems to be taking it in stride. Though it sounds like he’s learned a thing or two from it — for one thing, he promises Aquaman “won’t be very dark.” Well, kind of.
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The Conjuring 2 Featurette

This summer James Wan is bringing plenty of horror to theaters. Lights Out with Teresa Palmer arrives in July to make sure you’re scared of the dark all over again. But before that, the filmmaker is behind the camera again for The Conjuring 2, the sequel to his successful horror flick about the real paranormal investigations of Ed and Lorraine Warren.

This time the terror comes from across the pond with the events known as the “strange happenings in Enfield,” and a new featurette focuses on the victims of the real haunting that inspires the film. In addition, the real Lorraine Warren talks about their experience with this particular case. Watch The Conjuring 2 featurette after the jump. Read More »

James Wan Leaving Aquaman

UPDATE: James Wan has responded on Twitter to rumors of trouble on Aquaman. See his comments below.

Just yesterday, The Flash lost director Seth Grahame-Smith, creating some uncertainty and instability for the future of the DC Comics film universe. The report cited creative differences between the filmmaker and the studio as the reason for Grahame-Smith’s departure, but it sounds like that might not be the only trouble Warner Bros. Pictures is having behind the scenes.

A new rumor from Birth.Death.Movies says James Wan is “feeling tremendous amounts of trepidation” about directing Aquaman, which he’s been attached to since last summer. Apparently Wan is in the midst of figuring out if he really wants to stay on board the comic book blockbuster featuring Jason Momoa in the lead role. Find out more about the potential of James Wan leaving Aquaman and more DC Comics movie woes after the jump. Read More »