New Victims for James Wan’s The Warren Files

The director that brought us Saw; the short which lead to the first awesome movie, not the rest of the franchise; and Insidious, James Wan is currently in pre-production on a new supernatural thriller. The film which was formerly called The Conjuring, has since taken the title The Warren Files.

It’s a good thing that they’ve opted to change the name from The Conjuring. Had they not, I would have automatically thought that it was a sequel to The Prestige where Batman and Wolverine battle it out with stage magicks again.

The production of the film claims to be taking its cue from a subjectively “true” case of paranormal activity with the Perron family.  Adapted by Chad and Carey Hayes, the book it was drawn from, “House of Darkness, House of Light: The True Story” is by Andrea Perron as an account of the life she lived in the house.

Here is an excerpt from the biography of Andrea Perron that I would like to comment on.

“It was the perfect place to raise a family, according to the owner, though he failed to disclose a crucial element of the experience he endured as an occupant.  The day we moved in, he told my father: “…leave the lights on at night.” A rather cryptic message.”

The book which is set in the 1970’s allows for the excuse that maybe people weren’t that suspicious back forty years ago.  If the film adaptation is to be more contemporary then the general reaction should be to be more inquisitive about such a remark, or draw conclusions quickly and high tail it out of there.  I can almost picture the audience in theaters shouting, “Oh Hells No!”

“For almost a decade our family lived among the dead.”  Less than a minute is all I need to be convinced to leave.  I’d either abandon my belongings or send for it.  Even if I got my hands on my things again, I think I would have to recite a few cleansing cantrips over them just to be sure.  Laugh now, but doing little rituals outweighs taking the chance of being wrong.

Children actors Mackenzie Foy; the Dark Knight Rises; and Joey King have been cast in the film as two of the five Perron children; probably whittled down to two instead of five by the adaptation or by evil spirits.  The adult Perrons; Roger and Carolyn; were cast last month and will be played by Ron Livingston who continues to experience each day as the worst day of his life; Office Space; and Lili Taylor.  Patrick Wilson; Watchmen; and Vera Farminga; The Departed; will play Ed and Lorraine Warren, two paranormal investigators who take on the Perron case.

This movie seems to be catching the tail end of the supernatural year in television.  Running the gamut of paranormal investigative faux-reality series out there, I’m almost annoyed that I haven’t seen any of these TV shows take a crack at the Perron house.

After The Warren Files is complete, Wan may be moving on to the next life with Insidious 2.  The movie is currently being written by Leigh Whannell.

2 thoughts on “New Victims for James Wan’s The Warren Files

  1. Marjois

    When you’re ready to read more than just another scary ghost story please buy this book.
    This memoir is extraordinarily written. The words are woven together into an historical collection of mysterious and fright-filled haunting events between the 1600’s and 1970’s. Be aware that the author and her family kept notes and regularly documented what happened during their stay at the Rhode Island farmhouse, making this non-fiction book well worth the read. Andrea’s degree in philosophy as well as a sincere dedication to spirituality will take you into corners of each personality of all the children as well as every adult who is introduced in the book. There is no gore or bloody bodies to be found, so prepare for more of an intellectual and psychological ride into this tale of terrified souls, both living and dead.
    Her style of combining clever titles into each chapter of the seventies is done in the most humorous way. You will take a journey into history, the paranormal, philosophy, metaphysics, poetry, science, religion, and most of all intimate family dynamics. I could hardly wait to turn the page!

  2. Taryn

    I have been waiting for another good, solid ghost story for many years. And I got more than I bargained for! Andrea’s retelling of true events span an entire decade of how this family managed to have happy times while they were surrounded by death and constant reminders that this house was not their own. The wisdom behind the writing may be difficult to translate into film, but I keep my hopes up. Please make note that the Warrens were involved with another haunting; namely, the Amityville case. That family stayed in their home for only 30 days. The Perrons’ story goes through an entire decade of their experiences living side by side (sometimes literally) with the dead. Just imagine for a moment that this would be acceptable on a daily basis! I am so happy to see a book published that contains truth about this subject. It’s about time.


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