If you were looking forward to the new horror film from Insidious and Saw director James Wan, you're going to have to wait a bit longer for it to hit theaters. While previously set for release on January 25th, 2013, Warner Bros. has now given The Conjuring a summer release date of July 19th, 2013.
This new date seems a bit unusual, as it gives the movie very little breathing room with major summer films being released around that time. With the movie currently set to open against R.I.P.D, and near Pacific Rim and The Wolverine, we wouldn't be surprised to see this date get changed once again to a less competitive spot.
The story is is inspired by supposedly real events that happened to the Perron family, who claimed they "lived among the dead in the 1970s as spirits both friendly and sinister inhabited their Rhode Island farmhouse." The movie stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, and Lili Taylor. If you're interested in more plot details, here is the synopsis for the book the movie is said to be based on, titled House of Darkness House of Light:
Roger and Carolyn Perron purchased the home of their dreams and eventual nightmares in December of 1970. The Arnold Estate, located just beyond the village of Harrisville, Rhode Island seemed the idyllic setting in which to raise a family. The couple unwittingly moved their five young daughters into the ancient and mysterious farmhouse. Secrets were kept and then revealed within a space shared by mortal and immortal alike. Time suddenly became irrelevant; fractured by spirits making their presence known then dispersing into the ether. The house is a portal to the past and a passage to the future.
This is a sacred story of spiritual enlightenment, told some thirty years hence. The family is now somewhat less reticent to divulge a closely-guarded experience. Their odyssey is chronicled by the eldest sibling and is an unabridged account of a supernatural excursion. Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated this haunting in a futile attempt to intervene on their behalf. They consider the Perron family saga to be one of the most compelling and significant of a famously ghost-storied career as paranormal researchers.
During a séance gone horribly wrong, they unleashed an unholy hostess; the spirit called Bathsheba…a God-forsaken soul. Perceiving herself to be mistress of the house, she did not appreciate the competition. Carolyn had long been under siege; overt threats issued in the form of fire…a mother’s greatest fear. It transformed the woman in unimaginable ways. After nearly a decade the family left a once beloved home behind though it will never leave them, as each remains haunted by a memory. This tale is an inspiring testament to the resilience of the human spirit on a pathway of discovery: an eternal journey for the living and the dead.