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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.