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'Insidious: Chapter 2' trailer: Hello terror, my old friend

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Director James Wan is having a busy year. His period-piece horror film The Conjuring opens in July. His Fast & Furious movie opens next July. In between those two movies, he’s releasing Insidious: Chapter 2, the sequel to 2011′s ridiculously profitable spooky-family thriller. The trailer for the sequel just hit the web. And it is crazy. Like, there are a lot of things popping out of a lot of places, and Patrick Wilson is looking more than a little unhinged. And look! It’s that Iron Man 3 kid again! Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY

'Insidious' gets sequel and sets release date

Get ready for another movie that will make you afraid of your house’s every bump, creak, and clank. Haunted house movie Insidious is getting a sequel.

The horror flick was a box office success when it opened in April 2011: It was made for a reported $1.5 million and grossed $97 million worldwide. For the sequel, titled Insidious Chapter 2, James Wan and Leigh Whannell will return to direct and pen the screenplay, respectively.

[Spoiler alert for anyone who doesn't want to know who didn't die in the first movie.]
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'Saw' director James Wan in negotiations to helm 'MacGyver' movie

From blood-splattered horror to action-filled MacGyver! Reps for James Wan confirmed to EW on Monday that the Saw franchise and Insidious filmmaker is in negotiations with New Line to direct the movie based on the 1980s television series about a secret agent, played in the original by Richard Dean Anderson, who relies on brain vs. brawn to resolve sticky situations.

Jason Richman has written the MacGyver movie’s screenplay, with revisions by Brian and Mark Gunn. Raffaella and Martha De Laurentiis, the daughter and second wife, respectively, of the late legendary producer Dino De Laurentiis, are producing, as well as the TV show’s creator Lee Zlotoff.

Wan has become an in-demand horror-thriller director, with the upcoming New Line film The Conjuring out next year, 2010′s Insidious a break-out hit, and as the creator of the box office juggernaut and creatively gruesome Saw films, which launched in 2004.

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'Carnival of Souls': The movie that inspired 'Insidious' is the spookiest, weirdest, and maybe greatest horror film you've never seen

The characters in Insidious, the terrific and blessedly scary new horror film, are menaced by ghosts, but a better way to put it would be that they’re frightened by faces. Faces that stare and smile and hover, and eventually turn out to be part of the spirit world that Patrick Wilson, as the besieged father, must enter — when he’s roaming around in it, it’s like a fun house designed by David Lynch. Insidious has been directed, by James Wan (Saw), in a highly effective spooky manner, but there’s no denying — it’s almost part of the movie’s fun — that it echoes several notable horror films of the past, like Poltergeist and The Exorcist. The film that arguably influenced it the most, though, is one that a lot of people haven’t seen or probably even heard of. It’s called Carnival of Souls, and it’s a creepy little black-and-white cult movie, made in 1962 for $33,000, that in its low-budget way is a symphony of scary faces. The film was revived once in commercial theaters, back in 1989 (if you ever saw it, speak up — I’d love to know your thoughts!), and I hope that Insidious prompts a whole new round of interest in it. Because Carnival of Souls is a movie that anyone who loves horror movies simply has to see. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Hop' springs into first place with $38.1 mil

Little-known fact: The Easter Bunny is an avid box-office watcher, and thanks to the better-than-expected performance of one movie, children can expect a significant increase in chocolate eggs this year. Hop, Universal’s family comedy about the Easter Bunny’s rebellious (and Russell Brand-voiced) teenage son, sprinted ahead of the competition with $38.1 million, according to studio estimates. If the estimate holds (and that’s a big if), the film will have scored the best opening weekend of the year so far, passing Rango by about $39,000. Hop was made for $63 million by the production company Illumination Entertainment, which is now two-for-two after the breakout success of last summer’s Despicable Me. And with Easter still three weeks away, plus a splendid “A-” rating from CinemaScore audiences, Hop should have the box-office legs of a, well, rabbit. READ FULL STORY

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