12. The Conjuring
Director: James Wan
Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Mackenzie Foy, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Shanley Caswell, Joey King
Release Date: July 19
The summer of James Wan will soon be upon us. In addition to the previously discussed Insidious Chapter 2, the Saw mastermind's two-sided stake at becoming the horror genre's biggest working director will kick off with The Conjuring. If early word can be believed, we're in for something truly special.
Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, a married couple who spent the late 1970s and early '80s collecting paychecks for digging into ghostly happenings from families living in haunted houses (they famously worked on the case that inspired The Amityville Horror). The Conjuring, specifically, is based on the book House of Darkness, House of Light: The True Story, written by Andrea Perron, whose Rhode Island home harbored spirits and who employed the Warrens back in the '70s.
As for that aforementioned "early word," The Conjuring originally had a somewhat dismissible January 25 release date, but ecstatic responses from test screenings prompted Warner Bros. to push the pic back to a prime-for-exposure mid-July date. How's that for a vote of confidence?