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    'The Conjuring,' 'Beneath' and the Triumph of Old-School Horror

    Without effects or gimmicks, two movies get scares the old-fashioned way.

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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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    New Line Is Scaring Up A Sequel To 'The Conjuring'

    If there is one thing James Wan has proven with this career so far, it's that he can make scary movies cheap and hugely profitable. He made his name as the man behind the "Saw" franchise and "Insidious" (with the sequel to that movie coming this fall), and while no official figures have been reveale...

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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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    'The Conjuring' Director James Wan Says He's Approaching 'Fast & Furious 7' As A “Gritty, '70s Revenge Thriller”

    When the news broke that director Justin Lin would be departing the “Fast and Furious” franchise, which he transformed from modest Universal hit into one of the studio's go-to tentpoles, the choice of James Wan as a replacement was quite a surprising one. Adept in low-budget horror with similarly ma...

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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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    LAFF Review Roundup: James Wan's 'The Conjuring' is Classic Horror (TRAILER)

    "The Conjuring" premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Friday night; early reviews call the latest film from "Saw" and "Insidious"creator James Wan a skilled reworking of the old-fashioned horror genre. Variety writes that "The Conjuring" is Wan's best film. Warner Bros. opens the thriller st...

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    Interview: Justin Lin Talks Why Eva Mendes Didn't Come Back, And How Robert Altman Inspired 'Fast & Furious 6'

    This weekend the sixth "Fast and Furious" installment, "Fast and Furious 6" (or 'Furious 6,' if you want to be really cool), races into theaters nationwide. This new film sees much of the cast from the original movies returning, with some notable additions (like Gina Carano from "Haywire") and an ev...

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    'Saw' & 'Insidious' Director James Wan To Direct 'Fast & Furious 7'

    Well, Universal was expected to make an announcement this week and indeed, almost seven days to the news that Justin Lin wouldn't be directing "Fast & Furious 7," the studio has found their man. And it's none of the rumored Brad Furman, Harald Zwart or Jeff Wadlow.

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