Real-life ghost hunter Lorraine Warren, who, with her late husband Ed, inspired The Conjuring series, has died at 92. The Warrens made a name for themselves investigating several famous hauntings, most notably the Amityville Horror case. In 2013, Vera Farmiga portrayed Lorraine in James Wan’s hit horror film The Conjuring, which would go on to inspire both sequels and an entire cinematic universe. While the veracity of Lorraine’s psychic abilities are dubious at best, her intentions were likely pure, and her legacy will continue to live on – much like the ghost stories she helped popularize.
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New horror films often seem like a great way to beget a new franchise — there’s a rich tradition of horror film series, after all, and any company releasing horror into movie theaters is easily tempted by the sweet smell of franchise money.
And so The Conjuring, which has been the benificiary of rave reviews since debuting at the LA Film Festival and going into many preview and word of mouth screenings, is already looking locked for a sequel and possible franchise. James Wan‘s film doesn’t even open until Friday, so that’s a big vote of confidence in the movie.
Indeed, while I seemed to like The Conjuring less than many other viewers, the scares and hauntings within are very well done, and there’s rich potential for more stories in a similar mold. That’s because the movie is based on a case investigated by Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) who are perhaps best known for going on to chronicle the Amityville Horror. Read More »