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    Review: James Wan's 'The Conjuring' Is Filled With Scares, But What's the Point?

    Any hints of a smarter agenda serve to cloud the main one: "The Conjuring" has been engineered to freak you out.

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    Immersed in Movies: James Wan and Vera Farmiga Talk '70s-Set Paranormal Frightener 'The Conjuring'; Sequel in Works (VIDEO)

    "The Conjuring" proves that you don't have to indulge in torture porn to be scary. In fact, the well-crafted throwback is a family drama driven by horror. It's a true life story from 1971 about a family tormented by spirits in its secluded Rhode Island farmhouse, and how renowned paranormal investig...

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    Review: Horror 'The Conjuring' Starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor & Ron Livingston

    Who would have guessed that the man responsible for spearheading the “torture porn” label would turn out to be such a classicist filmmaker? James Wan, who famously abandoned the over-long “Saw” series after its first gruesome installment, has gone on to make a number of pictures that harken back to ...

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    Infestation, Oppression, Possession: Watch 6 Clips From 'The Conjuring' Plus Lots Of New Pics

    At the halfway point now of the summer movie season, we've seen lots of big blockbuster action, raunchy comedies, sequels, animated fare, indie dramedies and more. But we haven't really had a good scare, however "The Conjuring" is hope to frighten the butter off your popcorn...but does it have the g...

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    WATCH: Cleverly Creepy New Trailer for 'The Conjuring'

    Check out the canny new trailer for James Wan's "The Conjuring," which is receiving strong reviews prior to its July 19 release. (Variety's hailed it as "Insidious" and "Saw" director Wan's "masterpiece.") The trailer cleverly interweaves interview snippets with the real-life Perron family, whose st...

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    Watch: Patrick Wilson & Vera Farmiga Are Ghost Hunters In New Trailer For 'The Conjuring'

    The last time I wrote about "The Conjuring," some commenters gave me flack for suggesting the first teaser trailer relied to heavily on loud noises and jump scares. Well, what will they have to say about this?

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    'Bates Motel': When Being a Prequel Becomes Only a Question of Foreshadowing

    A&E's drama "Bates Motel" is, at least in theory, a prequel to the classic 1960 film "Psycho." It's centered around the creaky motel of the title with the iconic house looming behind it, and it has for a main character a sweet but troubled teenage boy named Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) whose clos...

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    Robert Duvall Will Go In Front Of 'The Judge' With Robert Downey Jr.

    Okay, so it's not quite Jack Nicholson who the filmmakers were hoping for last fall, but a movie with Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. in the lead roles, still sounds pretty good us.

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    Watch: First 6 Minutes Of 'Psycho' Prequel Series 'Bates Motel'

    When considering a stay at the “Bates Motel,” it’s probably worth remembering that couple who were looking for a quiet night at the start of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Judging by its Gothic ambiance and mentally unstable management, teased in a new 6-minute clip from the upcoming A&E drama, th...

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    SXSW 2013: ‘Bates Motel’ Preview a Few Cuts Under Its Pre-‘Psycho’ Potential

    “Who’s gonna rent a room in the rape/murder hotel?” smokin’ hot Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) rhetorically asks her introverted son Norman (Freddie Highmore) after a grizzly scene has just unfolded in their creaky house. Based on the first episode of “Bates Motel,” which was unveiled March 11 at SXSW, ...

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