Director James Wan and Cary Elwes
on the set of'Saw.
As speculated earlier this year, The Conjuring (AKA The Warren Files), Saw director James Wan's haunted house follow-up to Insidious will receive an early 2013 release -- on January 25. It stars Patrick Wilson (Insidious) and Vera Farmiga (Orphan) as paranormal investigators called in to help a family (including The Haunting's Lilli Taylor, Office Space's Ron Livingston and Detention's Shanley Caswell) plagued by ghosts. As usual, January is proving to be a popular landing spot for horror/suspense movies, with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters also scheduled to hit theaters during the month.
A couple of months later, on March 1, South Korea's Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Thirst) will make his English-language debut with Stoker. Contrary to early reports, it appears that Stoker is not a vampire movie, and Colin Firth is no longer set to star as a mysterious uncle (now played by Watchmen's Matthew Goode) who shows up to comfort his niece (Alice in Wonderland's Mia Wasikowska) after her father's death. The film will no doubt get a smaller release than The Conjuring, although Fox Searchlight has a history of some genre releases -- Black Swan, 28 Days Later, The Hills Have Eyes -- breaking into the mainstream with expanded theatrical runs.