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Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2013 by Peter Sciretta

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I’m not a huge horror film guy, but I probably see more than your average film geek. I’ll be the first to admit that I had little interest in

The Conjuring as I usually don’t like possession stories. The idea of someone becoming possessed by someone else has always been a movie storyline pet peeve for me, likely tainted for me by comic book storylines I read as a kid where the superhero somehow becomes controlled by the bad guy. While I was in San Francisco covering the Pacific Rim junket, I was presented with the opportunity to talk to director

James Wan. I’ve been a fan of Wan since seeing the first

Saw film at Sundance in 2004. That interview is why I ended up seeing

The Conjuring in San Francisco and… I’m very glad I did.

The Conjuring

 is creepy as hell, a well made horror film — a throwback in many ways to the horror films of my childhood. Wan is a master of his craft, and I’m excited to see what he’ll be able to do once Hollywood lets him play in other genres (I really enjoyed his 2007 thriller Death Sentence which was virtually unseen in theaters).

After the jump you can read my interview with James Wan. We talk about The Conturing‘s connection to


, the importance of the period setting of the film, the struggle with creating a horrific story while trying to stay true to the true story, the Perron family’s reaction to the movie, delving into some of the filmmaking techniques employed in this film including the sound and an early tracking shot, and I tried to get him to talk about his upcoming gig directing

Fast & Furious 7.

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