Money. That is what director James Wan’s The Conjuring spells … M O N E Y.
This film has all the makings of being his third franchise horror series — the first was the Saw horror film series (launched in 2004 with a box office tally of $55.2 million and six sequels … over $415 million in domestic box office receipts), the next being Insidious (2011 and $54 million at the box office) and Insidious Chapter 2 (which opened this past weekend to the tune of $41 million — should easily eclipse the original).
Warner Home Video has moved this haunted house tale quickly into the Halloween promotional season with an announcement this past week that Oct. 22 will be the street date for both DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack editions (with UltraViolet).
The ARR is a zippy 95 days and summer movie-goers forked over $135.2 million in multiplex ticket purchases.
With those kind of numbers, expect 2014/2015 to bring fans The Conjuring 2. No word yet, but the “Hollywood” studios are always on the lookout for a fresh film franchise series that can be milked for repeat visits from a predisposed fan base … this horror delight has all of the markings.
Working with a script provided by brothers Chad and Carey Hayes (Whiteout, The Reaping, House of Wax), filmmaker James Wan has fashioned a nifty yarn that combines a Civil War-era witch named Bathsheba (played by horror music composer Joseph Bishara, who also did double duty in Wan’s Insidious) with that of a haunted house thriller and the cringe-inducing elements of a good old fashioned exorcism.
The Perrons, Carolyn (Lili Taylor — A Slipping-Down Life, Dogfight, etc.) and Roger (Ron Livingston — Office Space, Swingers, Band of Brothers, etc.) move into a remote farmhouse with their five kids (all girls) and in doing so they set in motion a series of bizarre events that begins with the mysterious death of their dog and goes downhill from there.
Soon experts in the paranormal are recruited to bring some sense to the craziness — enter the Warrens, Lorraine (Vera Farmiga — Safe House, Source Code, The Departed, etc.) and Ed (Patrick Wilson — as Josh in Wan’s Insidious films, plus such films as Phantom of the Opera, Hard Candy, etc.) and soon discover the secret behind the bizarre events that are driving the Perron family to the brink of madness.
What makes The Conjuring work so well is the elaborate backstory that the Hayes brothers have fashioned. The legend of Bathsheba and the curse that she laid upon the land — not just the property that the Perrons have purchased — opens up all sorts of storytelling possibilities going forward.
As to bonus features, the DVD SKU has the featurette titled “Scaring the “@$*%” Out of You,” while the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack includes that featurette plus two additional ones — “The Conjuring: Face-to-Face with Terror” and “A Life in Demonology.”
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