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Fans who attend “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” at Clifton Commons had more than usual fears during a screening of the horror film on Friday night.

Actor Patrick Wilson, one of the stars of the film, showed up to surprise moviegoers on the spot. The film’s Instagram page posted a video of Wilson entering the theater.

“I’m going to surprise those fans who have no idea I’m here,” the Montclair resident said with a laugh, before he entered. “It’s gonna be fun.”

The crowded theater erupted into applause and screams as the actor appeared with a microphone. He told the audience that their reaction showed that they had seen “The Conjuring” films before and asked how many had seen the eight films in the series.

“I’m so excited you’re back,” Wilson said. “There’s nothing quite like being in a movie theater watching a horror movie, right? “

The film hit theaters on Friday after being delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Wilson was seen taking photos with fans after the film.

The series is based on the careers of actual “paranormal investigators” Ed and Lorraine Warren, with Wilson playing Ed Warren.

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