I’ll be honest, there are very few of today’s horror movies that really make me want to see them. I’m just not that interested in what seems to pass for “horror” these days. Jump scares and extreme physical torture that is more aimed at making people squirm in their seats rather than give them a good old fashioned fright just is not my cup of blood.
Perhaps that’s why ever since the first trailer for The Conjuring dropped I’ve been quite curious about it, especially since reports started coming in that the MPAA gave the film a R rating not for any of the usual reasons, but simply because the film was too scary for a PG13. According to the film’s producer,
“When we sent it [to MPAA], they gave us the R-rating. When we asked them why, they basically said, ‘It’s just so scary. [There are] no specific scenes or tone you could take out to get it PG-13.’”
Now in my mind, that’s actually quite a ringing endorsement. Of course, we’ll have to wait and see whether it can actually live up to the hype, but it really does look like the makers of this movie are really more interested in creating a true atmosphere of terror rather than simply aiming for the lowest common denominator and throwing as much blood and gore as they can at the screen.
Anyway, here’s a look at the latest trailer for the flick, which definitely plays up the more Amityville aspects of the film by introducing the real family the movie is supposedly based on, but still looks like it’s going not only far beyond its most obvious predecessor, and really does have an intriguing story to tell in its own right:
What do you think? Does the “true story” claim make any difference in the way you approach a film like this? If so, does it draw you in more, or does it simply make you more skeptical? And what about the rating and the reason behind it? Will that influence you any? I’m curious to know, so let me know in the comments below.
- Review: The Conjuring (thereeltimes.com)
- Movie Review: THE CONJURING Is The Real Deal (badassdigest.com)