James Wan's 'Demonic' Gets Release Date

James Wan
<p>This year, <strong>James Wan</strong>&nbsp;found himself in unfamiliar waters. He was releasing a film in the middle&nbsp;of summer, an environment choked with sequels, prequels and remakes. When everything else had budgets that ranged into the hundreds of millions of dollars, his cost a mere $20 million. Instead of movie stars, he had <strong>Patrick Wilson </strong>and <strong>Vera Farmiga </strong>&mdash; excellent actors but nowhere near the A-list. And yet Wan&rsquo;s horror film <em>The Conjuring </em>opened July 19 at No. 1, pulling down $41.8 million in its first weekend. Then Wan did it again: Two months later, his shock-sequel <em>Insidious Chapter 2</em> &mdash; starring Wilson and <strong>Rose Byrne </strong>&mdash; opened at No. 1, grossing $40.2 million out of the gate.</p>   |   Nathan Stoan
Based on an original idea of Wan's, the supernatural thriller is directed by Will Canon.

Demonic, a supernatural thriller based on James Wan's idea, will hit theaters on Dec. 12.

Will Canon is directing Demonic, which stars Maria Bello and Frank Grillo.

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The film centers on the aftermath of a horrific massacre where five college students were brutally murdered inside an abandoned home. Detective Mark Lewis (Grillo) and psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Klein (Bello) question one of the few survivors, who explains they were amateur ghost hunters seeking out paranormal phenomenon at the abandoned house, which was believed to be haunted.

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Wan, who co-created the Saw and Insidious horror franchises, and Lee Clay produced the Dimension Films project.

Demonic will open against Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings and Warner Bros.' Inherent Vice that weekend.