Is the New Trailer For “The Conjuring” The Most Terrifying of the Year? You Be the Judge!

While the horror genre is usually one of the more fickle categories that Hollywood struggles to succeed at, if going by the newly released full-length trailer for James Wan’s “The Conjuring,” this year could turn out to be a great one for fright fans everywhere. The newest venture from the director who brought us “Saw” and “Insidious” previously released a terrifying teaser for the film about a month ago, and let’s just say, who ever thought clapping could be so chilling?

However, the new trailer has upped its game tenfold, while delving into more of the characters and the all-too-familiar “based on a true story” tagline. Normally, the “based on a true story” or “inspired by true events” spiel would be enough to turn off jaded horror fans who have seen it emblazoned on pretty much every horror release in the last 10 years. While it’s usually meant to up the ante on the fright factor by making the viewer think they’re a hop, skip, and jump away from having the horror happen to them, the films are usually telling a highly fictionalized version of events and, in some cases, borrowing from multiple vaguely similar cases rather than one happening. Check it out for yourself here:

With all this stretching of the truth it’s no wonder that seasoned horror fans may be a bit wary of the old “true story” tale, but what makes “The Conjuring” all the more interesting is that the “true story” may actually be, well, true. The ‘70s period piece details an investigation of Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Famiga), a couple very real and very famous for their psychic investigations (you might have heard of them in relation to another horror haunt…Amityville anyone?)

Set to the tune of Donovan’s “Hurdy Gurdy Man,” which forever will be a haunting song burned in your brain if you’ve ever seen David Fincher’s “Zodiac,” the trailer introduces us to the ghost-hunting Warrens and the family that desperately needs their help, the Perrons (portrayed by Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston). There’s talk of malevolent spirits, and some actual glimpses of them, and people being thrown about by invisible forces. It may seem formulaic, but there’s no denying that director James Wan understands horror and the proper techniques to elicit it.

With “Saw” he changed the landscape of gore in horror movies, which also happened to launch a franchise and basically created the genre of “torture porn” horror flicks that would ensue. The 2010 hit “Insidious” (the sequel to which hits theaters this fall) went back to basics with some genuine old-school scare tactics and a refusal to play into clichés and stereotypes.

He seems to be following that model with “The Conjuring,” a movie supposedly so scary that it has received an “R” rating from the MPAA for fear alone (no gore, violence, or nudity played a factor). According to producer Walter Hamada, the MPAA specifically told him: “There are no specific scenes or tone you could take out to get it PG-13.” Anyone else intrigued yet? What could possibly be so horrifying that elicits an “R” rating? Will we be shaking in our britches or will it be back to the drawing board? Well, we’ll get our answer when “The Conjuring” hits theaters on July 19th.

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