Director James Wan had the 1980s setting to The incantation: the devil made me do it in mind when shooting The spell 2. Wan retires as a director on the third film, but has stayed on board as a producer, guiding the franchise into new territory. Wan is a prolific director in the horror genre, having directed such films as saw Y Insidious, but it is The spell franchise that has become one of the most popular. The first two films, released in 2013 and 2016, took place in 1971 and 1976, respectively, and part of their appeal was the precise details of the period reminiscent of iconic horror movies of years gone by.
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The Conjuring 3 will enter a new era and address one of the most controversial cases of Ed and Lorraine Warren. The pair of paranormal investigators will head to Connecticut to help in the case of Arne Johnson, a man tried for murder in 1981. Johnson was the first person in American history to use demonic possession as a legal defense and the Warrens will have to do it. deal with both legal and supernatural matters. Teased as the darkest entrance yet, The Conjuring 3The foray into the ’80s won’t be for the faint of heart, but that’s on purpose.
At a press conference to The Conjuring 3, Wan revealed that while filming The spell 2 in London, he told stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson that he wanted the next movie to take place in the 1980s. The director says this felt like a natural progression for the franchise as they had. “exhausted“The ’70s aesthetic. With the Warren cases reaching into the’ 90s, Wan says this would be the right move for the franchise and could allow the stories they were telling to flourish in exciting new ways.
When we were filming on the streets of London and it was raining, we were doing the rain shot for the end of Conjuring 2, during a break in photography, I remember going to Patrick and Vera and I was like, ‘You know what, guys? The next one has to be in the 80’s! And I remember Vera saying, ‘Yes, I want big ears!’ And so it felt like the natural progression because we had spent a lot of time in the 70s, and Ed and Lorraine Warren, their cases and their careers went from the 60s, the 70s, the 80s and the 90s. And it felt like the natural progression to that we move. And aesthetically it felt like the right thing to do, right? We have exhausted the style of the seventies and the eighties were the natural way to go. And sure, now there are a lot of TV shows and movies that take place in the 80s, but it was naturally where the story and the characters and just the period of the story wanted to take us.
The 1980s was a prolific decade for horror, with something for all fans of the genre to sink their teeth into. From supernatural thrillers to the slasher genre, the decade set the stage for today’s horror revival and is the perfect era for The Conjuring 3 to take place in. Although the first two films took the haunted house genre to great effect, those involved have teased something new for the franchise.
This includes saying goodbye to the haunted house horror to tell Warren’s story on a much larger scale. They will have to deal with both the legal case surrounding Arne Johnson, for which they will attend the process, and the ongoing demonic possession that is harming a local family. This change of scale is appropriate for the era in which it takes place (the 80s were about going big) and it seems like The incantation: the devil made me do it It will be the largest in the franchise so far.
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