Movies like "Psycho," "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre," "The Conjuring," "The Exorcist," and "The Amityville Horror" all claim to be based on real-life events, with varying degrees of success.
Mike Van Waes has been hired to write the horror story about the tall, slender character who first appeared in James Wan's horror sequel.
Gerald Brittle, author of a 1980 book on the paranormal investigators, claims not only to have had an exclusive deal with Lorraine Warren, but that producers substantially lifted his work
The Enfield Poltergeist may be the central boogeyman of the summer’s big horror hit The Conjuring 2, which topped the box-office charts this weekend, but the creature you should really keep an eye on is the Crooked Man. Director James Wan based the movie on a real-life haunting from the late ’70s, when a British family, the Hodgsons, claimed to be sharing their home with a pesky ghost, necessitating the intervention of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). On the page at least, the Crooked Man doesn’t seem to have a sinister bone in his body.
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A look at the real-life 'Enfield Poltergeist' story in England that's at the center of the James Wan horror-thriller in theaters this weekend
Three years after The Conjuring rattled the multiplex with old-school horror, director James Wan ups the ante with an excellent sequel. Wan’s expert deployment of genre jolts is no less in evidence this time around, but as he takes his time — perhaps even a bit too much of it — interweaving the Warrens’ story with that of the Hodgsons, in the London borough of Enfield, he crafts a deep dive into dread. The returning Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson imbue the roles of Lorraine and Ed Warren with the kind of lived-in nuance that illuminates their recent brilliant work on cable series — Bates Motel and Fargo, respectively, shows that traffic in their own brands of horror.
Ed and Lorraine Warren, the real-life paranormal investigators portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga in The Conjuring, claimed they had taken on more than 10,000 cases over the course of their illustrious (and creepy) career. “I knew that when I signed on for the first one — both Vera and I talked and said, ‘You know, this could be something that we could do for a while, just because of the way that it’s structured,” Wilson told Yahoo Movies from the Encino, Calif. set of The Conjuring 2 (watch above).
By Andy Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter After two weeks in the top spot, the Captain America: Civil War trailer No. 2 was supplanted as the most-viewed coming attraction by the debut of the Conjuring 2 preview. The first trailer for the James Wan-directed horror flick starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson notched 7.3 million views on YouTube and Facebook, according to internet technology and marketing firm Zefr, which tracks the numbers. Related: Spider-Man Debuts in New ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Trailer Captain America: Civil War was just a notch behind with 7.1 million views. In three weeks, the trailer for the spring Marvel movie (it opens May 6) has recorded 103 million views.
The Conjuring was one of the biggest surprise hits of 2013, scaring up $137 million at the U.S. box office, a rare feat for a horror movie that’s not a sequel, reboot, or remake. What The Conjuring did have going for it — aside from some seriously freaky spirits — was the allure that its story was based on real events, real people, and one scary real doll.
In 2013, director James Wan made a killing scaring audiences silly in 2013 with the $318-million grossing The Conjuring, a compendium of familiar horror frights that were based on the exploits of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). Given that the film already spawned a spin-off (2014’s spooky doll saga Annabelle), it was only a matter of time before Warner Bros. went digging through the Warrens’ files to come up with another reality-based case around which to base a scary movie. Now, we have our first look at what they’ve unearthed ...
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren are back in The Conjuring 2 to explore another frightening haunting — and this time, the ghosts have come to London. The sequel to The Conjuring, which opened to huge box office in 2013, features the return of stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, as well as director James Wan (the horror mastermind behind Saw and Insidious). Watch the new trailer above.