How James Wan conjured up a behind-the-scenes assist on The Nun

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Aug 13, 2018, 12:02 PM EDT

Between finding new projects to keep him true to his old-school horror roots, and directing one of the most anticipated comic book movies of the year, it isn’t as if Aquaman director James Wan is sitting around the house waiting for the phone to ring.

Yet for Wan, there’s always time to dive back into the world of The Conjuring, especially when it’s for a spinoff film — like The Nun — that’s inspired by one of his own original stories. So when The Nun director Corin Hardy  (The Hallow) needed second unit help to shoot some scenes in the woods while Hardy himself dealt with an indoors set, Wan was more than up for it.

“Very excitingly, James Wan was my second unit director in a little bit of additional photography,” Hardy told Entertainment Weekly. “…I said, ‘I want to do all of this, but if we’re going to do it, we really need to run two units.’ James is a full-on, hands-on guy and he was like, ‘Anything I can do of service!’ It was like, ‘I really want to take you up on that.’ So, there were nights when he was shooting a section in the forest and I was shooting interiors.”

Even ahead of the film's release, work on those interior shots may be paying off — at least if the goal is to scare people our of their minds. A new trailer alleged to be part of the movie's viral marketing campaign has some YouTube users flipping out for jump-scaring them out of their minds:

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Written by Gary Dauberman (Annabelle) and starring Taissa Farmiga, Demián Bichir, Bonnie Aarons, Charlotte Hope, Ingrid Bisu, Jonas Bloquet, and Jonny Coyne, The Nun is set in 1950s Romania, within a real-world monastery located in Transylvania.

The Nun follows “a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows…sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.” The movie marks the fifth film in the franchise Wan launched with The Conjuring, based on the real-world case files of supernaturalists Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Get ready for some sinful scares when The Nun visits theaters beginning Sept. 7.