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9. 'The Conjuring'
In Theaters: Friday, July 19, 2013
Director: James Wan
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston, Hayley McFarland, Shanley Caswell
Why we're excited: So often, horror filmmakers confuse "gross" with "scary," and while we can certainly admire the right over-the-top application of blood and guts, we are also big fans of filmmakers who know how to draw us into a film on a personal level, making the scares hurt instead of just startle. James Wan has been honing his skills from film to film and now, using the true story of real-life parapsychologists Ed and Lorraine Warren, Wan has made his most frightening and accomplished film. A top-notch cast and a determined focus on unnerving the audience makes this one of the summer's most under-the-radar but worth-your-attention films on the list.
- Drew McWeeny