(Clap Clap) The Editing Room Finally Takes On “The Conjuring”!

HAYLEY MCFARLAND

Daddy, we found a hidden door to a creepy dark cellar.

RON LIVINGSTON

Okay, get me our flashlight.
(pause)
Wait, get me some matches instead. A flashlight might set my hands or the house on fire and won’t provide nearly as much light as good strong matches.

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Hee hee! I remember actually blurting out, No, you idiot! under my breath (well, mostly) when that moment came up in the theater. So, the bad news is I get the feeling that Ian S., the writer of the Abridged Script for The Conjuring not only doesn’t really care for horror movies, but got bored during this one and took a snooze or two in the middle. The good news is that it’s hard to be irritated at a script this funny.

Click on the bottle of holy water below (or this link, if the holy water doesn’t work because the Bathsheba demon is back and is way too strong) and read The Editing Room’s parody of our favorite horror movie of the summer, The Conjuring!

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When would YOU get the hell out of the house in The Conjuring?

A very valid question! Yeah, I think the birds would do it for me (if not before then). Take the quiz (but beware of MAJOR spoilers if you haven’t seen the movie yet – and if you haven’t, we highly recommend you do)! By the way, take some time to check out Renae Rude’s amazing blog, The Paranormalist — recommended, and often creepy, reading!

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Nearly every haunted house movie begins the same way – a middle-class family invests every penny they have in an old fixer-upper.  There is a married couple, a child (or children,) a cat and/or a dog. There is often (though not always) something a little dysfunctional or unusual about the family. Communication is these families is usually spotty at best. The husband and wife don’t confide in each other. The parents ignore unusual behavior by the kids or the animals, and don’t give credence to anything odd the kids say. The family is full of hope. It’s a brand-new, high-stakes, fresh-start for everyone.

Then bad things start to happen.

Ogre and I just got back from seeing The Conjuring. It’s a great movie in many ways, destined to become a horror classic.

But …

I could not help but ask myself the same question I always do when I see another…

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Why We Like Exorcist Movies: They Don’t Just Showcase the Devil, They Conjure up God Too

“Now, of course, evangelical Christianity has become one of the cornerstones of contemporary American life. And here we are, four decades after The Exorcist, still paying to get the bejesus scared out of us by watching a movie set in 1971 about a good woman “possessed” by her secret demon self. The Devil is here because, of course, he never left, and never will. In so many ways, he is old news. But the ritual of a horror film that reassures us by calling forth God to defeat him: That’s a conjuring we never get tired of.”  –Owen Gleiberman

We don’t agree with every point, but this is a thoughtful piece,  with an intriguing perspective, by longtime Entertainment Weekly film critic (and ardent movie lover) Owen Gleiberman that deserves a read… especially if you’re interested in exploring the role of God in exorcism-themed horror films.

The Conjuring – Ten Ways To Kill Time Until Your Showing!

(Insert some kind of “just hanging around to wait for the movie” joke of your own here; it’s probably funnier than any my sleep-deprived brain can think up).

Just a note here, it may not be the best idea to watch these after you get home from seeing the movie and you’re feeling tense and your nerves are jangled. I was feeling mellow when I made the mistake of watching…

1. ‘Vice’ and ‘The Conjuring‘ Present The 3:07 Project. Here’s the description: The devil’s hour, which takes place at 3:07 AM, is the most haunted time of the day. VICE and The Conjuring selected four directors to create short horror films inspired by that idea. Each one is distinctly twisted and scary.  

Strap in for the final two– especially the final short “The Last Dive,” directed by Jason Eisener. I deeply regret watching that after dark. Jesus! My heart lurched in my chest, I felt it distinctly.

2.  Read up some cool trivia, provided by yours truly, Horror Boom. The piece also has links to others, including the Warren’s Official Site and Museum of the Occult).

3. Check out Dread Central’s piece (and ‘black carpet interviews’ with cast and crew) on the star-studded premiere. We’re jealous (again).

4.  Not enough interviews with cast and crew, you say? Check THIS out from JoBlo.com- it’s exclusive, with Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson

5. Another with Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston (ScreenSlam)

6. THIS is a great one from Screenslam – Lorraine Warren and James Wan! (Part One)

Here’s Part Two. I keep hearing nothing but good things about Lorraine Warren:

7. Here is an extremely informative piece on the true story behind The Conjuring.

8. We have some video of On-set and BTS footage. You want honesty, I didn’t watch them because I strongly suspect they could by spoiler-ish. You can check them out now or wait till after the movie–as we will–to watch. Oh, and it’s HD. WARNING, POSSIBLE SPOILERS!

aaaaand part 2.(also HD). Looks like there may be some B-roll footage, so consider this a SPOILER ALERT!

9. You can try to figure out what the fu what the hell the story is behind this B-roll shot (that ends up in the movie):

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10. Poke around The Warren’s official site. It includes the Warrens Occult Museum (link here is for the FB page), with a TON of footage, reading, and discoveries (not all of them pleasant ones) to dive into!

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Plus, there’s a ton of pieces here on Horror Boom you may have missed. Just type “conjuring” into the Search Box at the upper right hand corner and it’ll give you everything.

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Couple reminders:

  • Don’t forget to bring your screaming voice, maybe some lozenges to soothe your throat with after the credits roll.
  • Either empty your bladder before the movie or wear Depends
  • If you have any spare Xanax lying around, you may want to bring one in the theater with you. Probably already in your tummy!

Ten Trivia Facts About The Conjuring – We Bet You Don’t Know Them All!

Unless you’re as obsessed with The Conjuring as we are, we’re guessing there’s going to be at least a few of these that are news to you. Either way, these (and the links we give for more information) make for some interesting– and creepy– reading!

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1. Lorraine Warren herself has a very brief cameo in The Conjuring – in one of the classroom scenes. You’ll need to keep an eye out to catch her, though.

2. We’re not going to go into back story (here, anyway) but when we poked around online to try to find out more about the real case, we discovered that the main demon, the one that terrorized the Perron family the most (especially Lili Taylor‘s character) and wanted to cause them the most pain, was called “Bathsheba”.

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3. Remember the ‘Lipstick-Faced Demon’ from James Wan‘s Insidious (2011) who scared the shit out of everybody (especially Barbara Hershey when we first saw him peeking out behind Wilson’s character)?

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AAAAAAAAAAAIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

That actor’s name is Joseph Bishara, and he plays Bathsheba in The Conjuring. Uh-oh.

4.  You may have–OK, probably have– noticed via the film’s marketing campaign that there’s a doll in the movie so goddamned creepy that it makes the clown doll in Poltergeist look cuddly.  The doll is based on another actual case the Warrens investigated.

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Creepy-ass doll created for The Conjuring

5.  The aforementioned creepy-ass doll that Wan based this sub-plot on was a Raggedy Anne doll named ‘Annabelle the doll’.  James Wan decided rather than use a Raggedy Anne (Quote from Wan: I could not go to the company that makes Raggedy Anne and say, “Hey, can we portray your doll,  you know, the product that you make as this thing that is a conduit to demonic spirits?”) he’d carefully design, craft, and build the creepiest doll he could find. Mission fucking accomplished. (See: Dead Silence if you doubt how sleep-with-the-lights-on scary Wan can make dolls and puppets)  The Warren Occult Museum displays the original Annabelle doll (in a glass case— for the protection of visitors, not the doll), and you can read about the actual case here… especially if you’re feeling sleepy but need to stay awake.

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The real deal.

6. Only one actual prop from the actual Warren’s Occult Museum  (the museum was recreated by the production for scenes in the film), was used during filming. Ed Warren was an avid artist and painter,  and James Wan says he saw one in the museum that “fit perfectly into our movie version of their haunted museum, and that’s what we have in there”. (Latino-review.com)

7. The movie’s original title was “The Warren Files” – possibly because the studio was considering a franchise (we like The Conjuring better). This recent featurette uses the title. In fact, the featurette was included in this piece reporting the news that a sequel was already in the works, despite the fact the movie is several days away from opening at the time (not that we’re complaining, mind you, especially if James Wan directs again).

8. Andrea Perron (who was about 12 years old when shit got real in their new home)wrote a book about her family’s experience called House of Darkness, House of Light. You can see her reading an excerpt from in below. Also, she has her own You Tube channel.

9. During filming,  star Lili Taylor (who also underwent a number of make-up preparations to represent her worsening stages of possession) actually blew her voice out from screaming so loudly and repeatedly… more than once. We assume she (and the sound editors) had a lot of work to get done in ADR.  (source: Collider.com article here)

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10. Cast and crew reported, when asked in interviews, that they experienced strange events during filming, such as scratches appearing on Farmiga’s computer after signing on for the film (see below quote), people inexplicably waking up between 3 and 4 AM (“the devil’s hour’)  and the real-life Carolyn Perron falling and breaking her hip while her family was visiting the set. (collider.com, same piece)

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“We’d sent her the script back in December and she’s in New York. James [Wan] is in L.A. So she read it immediately. We got the call from her reps, who said she loved it and wanted to get on the phone with James, or Skype the next day. … She went to sleep. She came back in the morning to get on her computer to Skype him and there were three deep scratches on her computer screen. Completely inexplicable. Like, they weren’t there the night before when she read the screenplay on the computer, but they were there in the morning. And there was just no way to explain what it was but stuff like that has happened constantly.”   Producer Peter Safran

Cool! Another Spooky-Ass New ‘The Conjuring’ Featurette-Watch The Warren Files Here!

OK, not much write-up on this one because we have several more pieces to crank out on The Conjuring before it opens in less than 48 hours (and we’re already behind on that).

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This featurette features never-before-seen interviews with the cast (as well as Lorraine Warren) … plus some more new footage from the film! Worth a look below:

Running at about three minutes, it’s definitely worth a look-see. Damn, the house looks ominous (at best) even in the daytime… more to come soon!

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The “real-life” Perron family.

We Dare You To Watch NEW ‘The Conjuring’ Featurette at 3 AM (“The Devil’s Hour”) – Check It Out!

“[on Spirits]…everything is out there, and not all are our friends.”  -Paul Eno, Paranormal researcher

 

 

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You’ve probably heard that Halloween, All Hallow’s Eve, is the day/night of the year when the veil between the spirit world and the human world in the thinnest. According to this new featurette  for The Conjuring (opening Friday, July 19th), the hour that you have the most chance of making contact with the spirit world– or, the spirit world making contact with you–

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–is not midnight (‘the witching hour’), but 3AM.

Watch the featurette below (also brought to us by VICE)  and find out why. Warning: this is information you might will almost certainly regret learning if you wake up in the middle of the night and it happens to be around 3:00 AM*. Especially if something feels… off.

And yup, there’s new footage from the movie!  We were at Horror Boom will have seen the movie less than 48 hours from now, and are actually trying to avoid too much new footage, since we don’t want any more jump scares ruined. Or maybe we do… at the time of this writing, it’s past 3AM …but still full dark out.

If you get easily freaked out, here is a cute, hopefully soothing screen cap from the featurette showing Ms. Warren’s pet cat (Lorraine is in the background, out of focus).

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Since she’s very sensitive to the paranormal– hell*, she’s clairvoyant– maybe she doesn’t get that unsettling feeling many people do when your cat (or dog) suddenly stares intently at the wall–or worse yet, behind and above you– and you remember how often you’ve had mentioned to you that “cats can see things we can’t”. I don’t know about you, but daytime or early evening (still light out) one of the cats starts acting like it can sense something and acts strangely, we immediately think oh shit, earthquake, or other wrath of nature about to hit, then follow the cat around for a few minutes or longer until she shrugs it off and acts like herself again. But if any pet does the same thing after dark… we turn on the lights pretty fucking fast.

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I know energy conservation started getting big in the early 70s, but screw it. In THIS house? Every light in the place after dark ON!

Remember to check local listings, there’s sneak previews Thursday night around here playing in at least 10 theaters (at 8:00PM and 10:15-ish, we notice) of The Conjuring in our area code alone. Shit, I think they even listed a couple theaters OUT of our area code–probably about a 2 hour drive– and some we didn’t even know existed, so look into it!  If you’re lucky enough to see it early, remember not to get too excited and post spoilers when you’re talking about it. If you do ruin any part of the movie for someone who can’t see it yet, we’ll send the below creepy-ass doll after you!

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You also might make “Bathsheba” angry, and you don’t want that, she’s scary enough just showing up, let alone when she’s mad at you…

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*One of the few benefits of insomnia, I guess, is already being awake at 3:00 AM about ninety percent of the time.

**Sorry for the bad language, Ms. Warren. I actually felt slightly guilty using “hell” in the same sentence with her. No disrespect, ma’am.

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New Line gearing up for The Conjuring sequel

We’ll go for it, but probably only if James Wan is heavily involved (well, I doubt they’ll hire someone like Uwe Boll or Michael Bay  to REALLY fuck it up, but still, depends on if it’s someone we trust). Don’t miss the BRAND NEW trailer for The Conjuring at the end (though it has some featurette-like bits) with some fucking SCARY new footage (we’ll put it up very soon in a separate post, but if you cannot wait, it’s here too).

 

According to Variety, it looks like New Line is already eyeing a sequel to James Wan’s The Conjuring which should be a huge hit this weekend. New Line is currently exploring a potential franchise based around the Warrens’ investigations, which have involved cases that have already made their way to the big screen like The Amityville Horror and The Haunting in Connecticut.

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Read Twenty Snippets From Reviews Of ‘The Conjuring’ That Make Us Even More Psyched For Friday! (UPDATED 6/17)

Yup, the long eagerly awaited horror movie from James Wan that got an R-rating from the MPAA for sheer scariness, The Conjuring, will finally be released into theaters this Friday, July 19th (we had to force ourselves not to end that sentence with at least eight exclamation points!!!!!!!!). Every review we’ve read makes us even more impatient and excited to see it. Here’s twenty (it started out as ten quotes, then the piece just …well, took on a life of its own, so to speak) of some of the best, most exciting excerpts/blurbs from various critics lucky enough to have seen it over the last few weeks. Enjoy (and get ready to start jumping from the top of a wardrobe up and down)! I’ve provided links to the reviews whenever possible.

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The Conjuring is probably the best, certainly in a long time. Thoughtful where its competition is glib, featuring substantive and relatable characters, and steadily-paced where most feel lackadaisical, rushed or uneven, Wan has made a truly great movie. And I’m only talking about the parts that I saw from between my fingers. –Todd Gilchrist, The Daily Dead

It’s very difficult to find a modern horror film that doesn’t make viewers laugh at it for even a few minutes, it is the curse of the “we’ve seen it all” audience –but The Conjuring knows you’ve seen it all and still manages to deliver some of the best scares I’ve seen in years.   -Spencer Perry, Shock Till You Drop

The Conjuring is a masterclass in absolute terror that’s destined to become a classic within the genre. There’s no question that for most it will easily be scariest film of the summer… or even the year. The flick showcases the kind of pure, relentless horror that will leave audiences thoroughly creeped out and screaming. –Steve “Uncle Creepy” Barton, Dread Central

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It’s not just the “jump scare.” That’s far too simple. As Wan showed in ‘Insidious’ – and does so even more so in his new film, ‘The Conjuring‘ – he is the unrivaled champion of a specific sort of hold-your-breath scene, where you know the jump is just about to happen. But he holds it. And holds it. And holds it just a little bit more. And just when you think it’s a goof or a head-fake, BLAM!, the thing you knew was going to pop out at you, pops out you – and there’s a good chance you just shouted and made a fool of yourself.  -Jordan Hoffman, for screencrush.com

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Ultimately the sort of relentless, expertly tricked-out scarefest that leaves one feeling happily drained rather than deeply, permanently unsettled, the film nonetheless heightens its impact by playing the material utterly straight where it counts.   –Justin Chang, Variety.com 

As any horror movie fan will tell you, it’s all about the sound when it comes to frightening the audience.  Well, The Conjuring nails it.  You have to prepare yourself to live in fear of what is coming while watching the movie, because the sound cues, or the hushed silence of a scene, is going to get you no matter how impenetrable you may think you are to scary movies.  —-Kathryn Schroeder, filmfracture.com

…This is something else entirely. For full-on fear and dread, the kind that makes you start squirming at the beginning of the scene, because you know someone’s about to open a door they shouldn’t, this movie starts creepy and maintains a hold on your spine for the next 112 minutes. –Alanso Durande,  The Wrap

The Conjuring manages to take what you expect from a film of this style and offer surprise on top of surprise. Instead of going for cheap gags and fake jump scares, the film sets-up and pays off every time with little room for you to prepare yourself for what comes next. Lest you think that The Conjuring will settle for typical “Here’s a scary lady face” or “Listen, a weird noise!” you’ll be in for a rude awakening when its relentless visuals cause you to lose sleep.  -Spencer Perry, Shock Till You Drop

If you get seriously freaked out by effective horror movies, I warn you… “The Conjuring” will stick with you. I can’t wait to see it again, and I am excited to see it with a big crowd. I think that shared theatrical experience of being terrified is one of the great thrills of being a film fan, and this should be a great example of that.  -DrewMcWeeny, HitFix

This sort of expert audience manipulation doesn’t come purely from scrimping and saving and working within budgetary constraints that prohibit the filmmakers from showing their monsters. It comes from truly understanding what is scary and how to maximize that suspense, with or without the money to show the monster that will eventually invade viewers’ nightmares.  -Todd Gilchrist, The Daily Dead

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The question is never what’s behind a particular corner, but the awful worry that something is already beside you; that it (and there are a lot of variations on “it”) can come from all sides.  –Samuel Zimmerman, Fangoria.com

…this house has seen many years of strange occurrences, murder and death, curses and witchcraft, and pain.  Just when you think you know the one evil presence that is lurking within you discover it’s much more perplexing than you ever expected, and a great deal more fun to watch because of it.  —Kathryn Schroeder, filmfracture.com

THE CONJURING not only wants to scare you, but loves to. Even indoors, the film’s action spreads out, soaking every inch of the frame. It’s twice that Wan stages multi-tiered spookshow set pieces, and both are intense, terrifying pieces of work. The entire film is. –Samuel Zimmerman, Fangoria.com

[Wan] springs the surprises within those long shots, timing things so they actually do surprise, often letting the creepy stuff actually creep up — this is the rare horror film where the fear isn’t in what terrible vision the movie might cut to next but in what might reach from the shadows you’re looking at.  -Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice

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Even as Wan employs familiar fright tactics, he brings to the material an evident emphasis on chilling iconography and careful rhythms, as opposed to leaning on money shots and hokey mythology to generate forgettable jolts…  even down to its very last shot, “The Conjuring” demonstrates a scary — and welcome — amount of care.  —William Goss, film.com

I can’t speak to the film’s accuracy in depicting the events in question, and I generally speaking have no sense of spirituality to bounce off of the events in the film. But there are things in Wan’s film that, for the sake of me sleeping soundly, I’d prefer never to see again.  –-Todd Gilchrist, The Daily Dead

There are scary movies, and then there are SCARY movies.  The Conjuring fits into the latter category as it will undoubtedly frighten you to the point of laughter, make you squirm in your seat, cover your eyes, and wish you had left the lights on in the house because you will be afraid of the dark when you get home.  The Conjuring is the horror movie we dream of, because it’s a hark back to an older style of horror filmmaking, before torture, excessive blood and guts, and the like took over cinema screens, and found-footage too. —Kathryn Schroeder, filmfracture.com

EXTREMELY effective. The Conjuring is home to some of the single most frightening haunted house scares ever committed to film. My biggest fear going in was that some of these moments would come off as goofy or too over-the-top, but Wan manages to clearly ride the line between reality and the absurd as if he were a stone grinding against the blade of a razor.  —Steve Barton, Dread Central

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…it takes almost no time for “The Conjuring” to immerse the viewer in its spell, as it teases seemingly minor jolts into frissons of terror, and turns a simple game of hide-and-seek into a tour de force of sustained excitement.   -Justin Chang, Variety.com

Most thrillers stop being terrifying when their mysteries are revealed, but in the screenplay by Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes, the more we know, the more we dread. As for me, I was screaming. Out loud. Which I generally don’t do in crowded theaters. For a movie like this, that counts as a standing ovation.  —Alanso Duralde,  thewrap.com

BONUS!  Two more great blurbs, added today -both the below are from Rolling Stone magazine’s Peter Travers:

  • “It scared the living crap out of me”.
  • “Know this: You’ll scream your head off.”

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Brand NEW ‘The Conjuring’ Featurette – Meet The Real Lorraine Warren (Plus Her Scary, Great Occult Museum)!

The Conjuring opens Friday, July 19th – if you’re in a major city, there’s still several previews happening with ticket giveaways. Horror Boom will try to pass on all of them we hear about to you that we can!  For now, however, you can feed your cravings with this…

“That was a terrible place. That was a very, very… very bad place.”

 

-Lorraine Warren, on the Perron house,  from the below interview

Wow. OK, couple of things…

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Whether you’re a skeptic or not, you have to admire this woman (who, by the way, is still going strong into her mid-80s; she had the energy to go to Wondercon 2013 as part of the panel for The Conjuring) for more than one reason. When I was doing research on the Warrens, I found–verified, actually– that neither Edward nor Lorraine Warren ever took any kind of payment for their services. Even when both of them were interviewed (before Mr. Warren passed in 2006) by several skeptical (very skeptical) societies, all of the interviewers seemed to come away with the same conclusion, a universal variation of Well, if they’re lying, they don’t know it. They believe.

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Of course, the possibility also exists that neither the Warrens nor the Perron family (who did not immediately* cash in with book or movie deals like some of the Warren’s most notorious clients; for example, the Lutz family of Amityville) are making any details of the Harrisville Hauntings up…

Whether you’re skeptical or not, one thing is sure – The Conjuring is the most accurate portrayal of Ed and Lorraine Warren ever put on film to date.**

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Pretty sure I’ll be covering my ears, scrunched down in my theater seat when this scene in the movie comes up (if I’m not in that position BEFORE then, that is)

Oh, and another thing is certain– that based on a true story or not, The Conjuring is pure nightmare material.

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“So Lorraine, you picking up any kind of vibes yet from this place?”

*Actually, the Perron family (and the Warrens) kept things more or less to themselves for thirty years or so.

**Vera Farmiga (who wanted to make her portrayal as accurate as possible), James Wan, and especially the writers spent as much time with Ms. Warren as they could. An amazing (and spoiler-y) interview with both the writers, Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes will be linked to soon; watch this space!

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