James Wan’s ‘Conjuring’ to Debut at L.A. Film Festival

The Conjuring

New Line’s horror-thriller “The Conjuring” will debut June 21 at the Los Angeles Film Festival, a month ahead of its wide release.

James Wan (“Insidious”) directed the haunted-house story, starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor. The festival will hold two screenings, both followed by a Q&A with Wan.

Exhbitors at CinemaCon in April gave strong positive response when Warner Bros. showed several particularly scary  minutes of “The Conjuring.” Warner had originally planned a domestic launch in January but opted instead for July 19.

Pic is based on the Perron family, who claimed they “lived among the dead” in the 1970s as spirits — both friendly and sinister — inhabited their Rhode Island farmhouse. Farmiga and Wilson are playing the investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren while Taylor and Livingston portray the Perrons.

Wan directs from a screenplay by Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes. Pic is produced by Tony DeRosa-Grund, Peter Safran and Rob Cowan, with Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter serving as executive producers.

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  1. What can you say about another haunted-house movie? Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 want to be scared or watch violence being done. Demographics outside of this…the pickings outside an art-house and beyond television is pretty slim.

    • NEARKeith says:

      And yet, I myself personally witnessed some of the terrifying events taking place in the Perron household. I know this is based upon true events, and that some spirit activity continues in this farmhouse in the present. Back in the early 1970’s when I was still a teenager, I was a member of the original paranormal investigation team that came to investigate this house, and intervened on the Perron family’s behalf. Our organization was called Parapsychology Investigation and Research Organization (P.I.R.O.). While I was upstairs in one of the bedrooms of this 18th-Century farmhouse listening to the Perron sisters explain to me how frightened they were, I began advising them to use prayer as a protective defense… and there was suddenly a “psychic attack” within the room. A window slammed shut with tremendous force, the atmosphere in the room became almost unbearable, and one of the girls screamed as she was roughly assaulted by an invisible force. (This was just some of the activity we experienced while there.) When their mother Carolyn also explained how terrified she and her family were, our organization contacted our good friends Ed and Lorraine Warren. We consulted with Ed and Lorraine because of their years of experience investigating the paranormal. And in fact, the Warrens did more than merely give advice. They drove down from Connecticut and became personally involved in the Perron case with us.

      Even fairly recently, when my wife Sandra and I were visiting at the former Perron residence in Harrisville, Rhode Island, Sandra was interviewing one of the current owners, while I recorded their conversation. When I played my recording back, I discovered a disembodied voice on the recording saying “Tell her!”

      ~ Keith Johnson, New England Anomalies Research

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