The Conjuring is coming Summer 2013 and pretty soon here we’re going to have a trailer to show everyone.
BUT – until then, I was dispatched to New York Comic Con in the horrid Javit’s Center in New York. For some reason, this year’s press events were held in the same giant concrete room as the line for the IGN Theater, which meant a ton of background noise and a series of sound files that are going to make any transcription I do a major pain in the butt. Begin Sarcasm. Thanks Comic Con organizers, always thinking. End Sarcasm.
‘The Conjuring’ is going to be a slow burn, character-based horror film that uses the building tension of the film to jolt you into different sequences. It tells the story of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the original American ghost hunters (maybe most famous to audiences for their involvement in the Amityville Horror), played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. This an early Warren case if not the first one, where the paranormal investigators come across a family (Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston) with five children who are being terrorized by a malevolent force.
‘The Conjuring’ is a period piece set in the 70s that is going to have a very patient tone about it, a tone that paid off when they got to show footage to the IGN Theater. Not a ton actually happened on screen (compared to something like ‘Evil Dead,’ you could say nothing happened), but the audience seemed to be into it, yelling at Lili Taylor’s character and getting pulled in by a very effective scare. Clap, clap, guys.
I got to do a smattering of quick interviews with James Wan, Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston as they were entering Con for their panels, including the revelation that this is the last planned Wan horror film and my “pancake exclusive” from a very wily Livingston who kept shifting out of my line of sight. Camera operator, I am not.
We’ll have a lot more from ‘The Conjuring’ as it’s 2013 Release approaches. It looks to be a slow burn character horror with some nice scares in it and it’s choice release date puts it as a potential summer player.