The Conjuring

There’s a great bit of stage banter from Tom Waits where he jokes about someone leaning over during a movie to insist “you know, this is based on a true story.” The question from Waits is: does that really make the film any better?

I’ve seen James Wan‘s new film, The Conjuring, and despite the fact that the film begins with a card that says it is based on a true story, I assumed it was one of those Texas Chainsaw Massacre things — a gentle little lie to give the story a bit of weight. Then I remembered that, in fact, this is based on something from reality. The Conjuring brings to the screen a story from the archives of the same husband and wife team that later investigated a famous house in Amityville, New York.

There’s a healthy collection of really well-done haunting scenes in the film, and while it’s probably better to just watch it as a movie, this new trailer gives the real-life family a chance to speak for the first time. If you’ll find a horror film more frightening knowing that it is based in reality, then this is definitely the trailer for you. Read More »

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Insidious-Chapter-2 Wilson Simpkins

So we’re at this haunted hospital and James Wan says Insidious Chapter 2 will include time travel. It’s a mind-bending piece of information that potentially changes the whole nature of the upcoming sequel.

But taking a cue from that nugget, let’s jump ahead in time to today as a new teaser poster has been revealed for the horror sequel, which opens on Friday the 13th of September. The poster features a small child ominously in the middle of a room with the tagline “It Will Take What You Love Most.” Chilling.

Patrick Wilson, Barbara Hershey, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins and the rest of the cast return for Insidious Chapter 2, which picks up immediately where the 2010 hit left off. A trailer was released last week and, as part of that reveal, I was ushered to the haunted Linda Vista Community Hospital in Los Angeles to check it out. That’s where Wan talked about time travel and a few other pieces of information regarding the sequel. So check out the poster and read what he had to say below. Read More »

Insidious Chapter 2 Bed

Insidious Chapter 2 probably shouldn’t exist. It’s the sequel to a 2011 film starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Barbara Hershey that was made for $1.5 million. Released with zero expectations, the tiny little film exploded at the box office, grossing almost $60 million, a success ratio that puts it in firmly blockbuster range.

Now director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell have brought back the entire cast to pick up the pieces of their haunted house story with an inventive twist. The first Insidious was one of those movies that begs for conversation after. It created a story about people who could astrally project themselves into other worlds and, sometimes, bring back horrible things from a place called “the Further.” Ending on a crazy cliffhanger, fans have clamored for a sequel ever since, hoping to find out what was really happening in the first movie.

The first footage of that sequel, Insidious Chapter 2, is finally here in the form of its first trailer. Scheduled for release on September 13, the film picks up seconds after the original ended making Insidious Chapter 2 look just like the first movie, but with a decidedly bigger feel. Read More »

Despicable Me 2 - Steve Carell as Gru on Ellen

Steve Carell doesn’t actually need to dress up as Gru to play him for Despicable Me 2, but don’t tell him that. Also after the jump:

  • Broken Lizard is planning Weedfest and Super Troopers 2
  • Despicable Me 2‘s villainous El Macho is finally revealed
  • See new pics and a filmmakers’ message from Insidious Chapter 2
  • James Wan explores Abu Dhabi as a potential Fast 7 location
  • Michelle Rodriguez glowers in her Machete Kills poster

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Fast and Furious 6 - Vin Diesel and Paul Walker

Fast and the Furious 6 (or just Furious 6) opens today outside the US, and next week in the States. There’s already plenty of talk about the seventh movie in the series, which will bring back most of the major cast from the last few films, and will feature a new villain. James Wan (Saw, Insidious) will take over as director, as Justin Lin finally moves on.

Vin Diesel has been the source of quite a bit of news about the series over the past year or two, and now he throws out two locations for the seventh chapter. One won’t be much of a surprise, while the other is something new. We’ll keep all the main info after the break, so as not to spoil any secrets of Furious 6 for those who haven’t been tipped to the details of the current film’s ending. Read More »

‘Fast & Furious 7′ Set For July 2014 Release

Fast and Furious 6 - Vin Diesel

Universal is really charging forward with the next movie in the Fast and the Furious series. Vin Diesel said recently that Fast & Furious 7 (that’s the official title at this point) will shoot this summer, and now, at CinemaCon, the actor has announced a July 11, 2014 release for the seventh film in the series. Read More »

James Wan in Talks for ‘Fast & Furious 7′

James Wan

When Justin Lin decided to exit the Fast and the Furious series after directing four consecutive installments, he opened up a plum gig at one of the hottest franchises in Hollywood. Now it looks like Universal’s found just the man to take it.

Saw director James Wan has entered talks to direct The Fast and the Furious 7, with the deal expected to close sometime in the next week or so. The quick progress is beneficial for the studio, which reportedly wants to put the film in theaters next year. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Conjuring Vera Farmiga

Saw, Dead Silence, Insidious and now The Conjuring. It would be very easy to assume the latest horror film from director James Wan to be another in a long string of scary films right in the director’s wheelhouse. However as this new trailer shows, and as Wan said at WonderCon this past weekend, he doesn’t feel he has anything more to prove in the genre. He was drawn to The Conjuring because its basis in fact, period setting and family dynamic gave him a whole new creative jolt.

The Conjuring, out July 19, stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as real life paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren. Best known for their work on what would become known as “The Amityville Horror,” this story of small-town family haunted by spirits is supposedly so terrifying, the Warrens preferred not to talk about it. The film follows suit, gaining an R-rating without any language or graphic violence. At WonderCon, producers said the MPAA just deemed it “too scary” to give a PG-13.

Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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