#TheConjuring: The Director Was Born in Kuching and Doesn't Like Watching Horror

The real people "The Conjuring" is based on tell their story.

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The 36-year-old director, James Wan, is from Kuching

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When watching scary movies, “I squirm, I slide under my chair,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m very squeamish, so if there’s something pretty hardcore on the screen, I can’t watch it.”


He was raised in Perth, Australia, from a young age. Wan was 11 years of age when he first dreamed of making films and his tertiary studies were undertaken at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), where he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree.


The director has been inching his way towards becoming Hollywood's elite horror director since his independently made 2004 debut, Saw, exploded at the box office, spawned six sequels, and now stands as the new millennium's most influential and important scary movie.


“James understands how to craft accessible and identifiable characters. He puts them in extreme situations where he is subverting audience expectations.”


His career's latest twist is landing the sought-after gig with the "Fast & Furious" action franchise. I started thinking seven – `Seven Samurai,'" he said, referring to Akira Kurosawa's 1954 classic. "So that's kind of the spirit that I'm trying to bring to my version."


"Father Perez" invited to provide spiritual support and/or conduct a personal blessing after movie

A poster offering blessings to moviegoers from a Father Perez after the movie "The Conjuring."

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Reactions of netizens on Father Perez's services in relation to the horror film "The Conjuring."

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"The 'priests' are paid actors and the people that are responsive for advertising the movie put out the posters to build up hype in my opinion."


What is "The Conjuring" about?

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"The Conjuring" is based on a true story, and follows the paranormal investigators who come to the assistance of the Perron family, who are experiencing increasingly disturbing events in their farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island in 1971.


The real Andrea Perron, "You could see them, you could smell them, the house was just full of people that lived there that were not us."

In real life, Andrea Perron recalls instances where her little sisters would crawl into her bed because they heard voices & sensed movement. Cynthia once told Andrea the voices were chanting, "There are 7 dead soldiers buried in your wall."

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The real Lorraine Warren, "You're in probably one of the most haunted places in the world."

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The real Lorraine Warren and Ed next to actress and actor Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson

Portrayers of Lorraine Warren and Ed Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson.

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Lorraine Warren and her husband Ed in the 1970s.

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The real story of the Annabelle doll

The actual details of the demonic doll case as seen in "The Conjuring" film.

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The actual details of the demonic doll case as seen in "The Conjuring" film.

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Annabelle is a Raggedy Ann doll that a mother purchased as a gift for her daughter Donna in 1970. Donna & her roommate became fearful of the doll when it started moving on its own & writing notes.


The Warrens have the doll now, and Ed - who passed in 2006 - claimed Annabelle killed a young man who "Challenged the doll to do its worst, and it did."


The Warrens built a locked case for Annabelle & she resides there to this day. The locked case seems to have kept the doll from moving around, but it seems like that whatever terrible entity is attached to it is still there.


The real April Perron, "Because I was the youngest and the most vulnerable, I was approached more than anyone - I actually had a relationship with that boy."

A few of the spirits in the house aren't evil at all, like the little boy who befriends the youngest daughter.


The real Perron family next to "The Conjuring" Perron family

The real Perron family.

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The Perron family in "The Conjuring."

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The real Andrea Perron says Bathsheba's spirit felt threatened when Carolyn moved in and she later stabbed Carolyn's back leg with a needle

In the movie: Carolyn starts getting random, painful bruises all over her body with no explanation. Turns out, a devil-worshiping witch demon is not too pleased with Carolyn's presence in the house and is determined to possess her and kill her children.

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What do film critics have to say about "The Conjuring"?

"'The Conjuring' is a very intense film, with some welcome interjections of humour to break up the mounting terror and claustrophobic atmosphere."


"It works because of the right amalgamation of the actors acharacters, a complete setting, a true-story derived plot, great timing & loosely, a kick-ass director who knows what he's doing aside from saws, fast cars & hyperbolic stunts."


"The 70s setting, paired with the cheapish visual effects, helps the thing scramble along like a fleshed-out episode of Scooby Doo. Wan's shocks are predictable but – yikes! – are they scary."


This guy went to check out the real farm house on in Harrisville Rhode Island

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