Why The Curse Of La Llorona Had The Worst Conjuring Box Office Opening

The Curse of La Llorona posted the worst opening weekend in the Conjuring film series, but why did that happen? The franchise began back in 2013 with James Wan’s The Conjuring, which proved to be a critical and financial success. Not only did the horror hit spawn a direct sequel, Warner Bros. also forged ahead with a number of spinoffs, blowing The Conjuring open into a shared cinematic universe. While not every installment has been widely acclaimed, each movie proved to be a box office success.

Since its production budget was just $9 million, La Llorona certainly goes down as another fruitful installment, as it’s tallied $55.3 million worldwide so far. However, celebrations should be tempered a bit, because the film won the worst Easter weekend in a decade with $26.3 million domestically in its first three days. That figure is also the lowest debut for a Conjuring movie to date. It’s true La Llorona is by no means a failure, but it’s still worth wondering why it made considerably less than the other entries.

Related: The Most Brutal Reviews of The Curse of La Llorona

Part of the blame should be placed on the marketing department, as La Llorona’s connection to the Conjuring universe was downplayed in advertising. A teaser trailer was released in October 2018, with a full theatrical preview following in February 2019. Both made note of Wan’s involvement as a producer, but didn’t mention La Llorona was part of a larger franchise. It wasn’t until the movie premiered at the SXSW Festival in March that the truth finally came out, which in retrospect seems like a wasted opportunity. The Conjuring is one of the most recognizable names in the genre this decade, so it’s definitely possible La Llorona would have benefitted if its ties to the shared universe were more upfront. This is a new golden age for original horror (see: Us), but franchises are still the bread and butter of the film industry. Spinoffs typically need some sort of branding to reach their full commercial potential.

The relation to The Conjuring is doubly important here because La Llorona, based on Mexican folklore, is not as widely-known in other areas of the world. In the case of other Conjuring spinoffs, like Annabelle and The Nun, there was a fair amount of setup done in other films to familiarize general audiences with the concepts and get them invested beforehand. An argument can also be made that perhaps La Llorona might have fared better if the studio used its English translation (The Weeping Woman) as the official title – at least for certain regions. It’s not uncommon for films to have different names in different countries in an attempt to raise their level of appeal.

Curse of La Llorona will probably go down as one of the lowest-grossing Conjuring movies overall, but this is by no means a disaster or an immediate franchise killer. All shared universes, even Marvel’s, have sub-series that aren’t as popular as others, so La Llorona’s performance isn’t anything abnormal. And, if all breaks the right way, this’ll be a fluke for The Conjuring overall. In the summer, Annabelle Comes Home opens, and there’s a third installment in the mainline series that’s about to commence production. So whichever way one looks at it, The Conjuring is still in excellent shape.

More: How The Curse of La Llorona Connects to the Conjuring Universe

2019-04-23 01:04:30

Chris Agar

Paranormal Investigator, Conjuring Inspiration Lorraine Warren Dies At 92

Lorraine Warren, author, paranormal investigator, and inspiration for the Conjuring movies, has passed away at age 92. She and her husband, Ed, wrote many books based on their experiences and were featured in The Amityville Horror, a True Story. That book inspired several films, including The Amityville Horror which was released in 1979. However, most famously, the Warrens’ investigations were the basis for the Conjuring franchise, which includes The Conjuring 1 and 2, and the upcoming The Conjuring 3, which is due to be released in 2020.

Warren was born in 1927 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She and her husband led several notable paranormal investigations, including ones involving witches, demons, dolls, and poltergeists. In the Amityville Horror case, they investigated the experiences of George and Kathleen Lutz, who claimed to have been haunted by various paranormal things. Along with their other work, Lorraine and Ed Warren founded the New England Society for Psychic Research in 1952, which is one of the oldest ghost hunting groups in the country.

Related: Conjuring Theory: The Nun’s Irene Is A Young Lorraine Warren

Warren’s grandson, Chris McKinnell, broke the news of her death in a Facebook post on Friday, which was then shared by TMZ. He wrote, “Last night my grandmother, Lorraine Warren, quietly and peacefully left us to join her beloved Ed. She was happy and laughing until the very end. She was my angel and my hero, and she will be deeply missed.” He also shared some photos of his grandmother, including a few of her and Ed, who passed away in 2006. McKinnell went on to state “Please join us in celebrating her life and honoring her beautiful soul. Remember to treasure those you love while you can. Thank you and God bless you all.”

In the Conjuring franchise, Vera Farmiga plays Warren while Patrick Wilson plays Ed. The films, as well as Lorraine and Ed Warren’s work, have led to many prequels, sequels, and spin-offs. Annabelle and its prequel Annabelle: Creation, show what happened to the doll before meeting the Warrens in the first Conjuring film. Meanwhile, The Nun, which was released in 2018 and stars Vera Farmiga’s sister, Taissa, is a spin-off of The Conjuring 2. The franchise also includes The Curse of La Llorona, which was just released this weekend. That film depicts a mother, played by Linda Cardellini, protecting her children from a ghost also known as “The Weeping Woman.”

The Conjuring films are staples in the horror world, having grossed over 1.5 billion worldwide. There are six films in the Conjuring universe so far, with more to be released this year and next, including The Conjuring 3, Annabelle Comes Home, The Nun 2, and The Crooked Man. Though horror fans are no doubt sad to hear of Warren’s death, they can take comfort that her work will live on in films for many years to come.

More: The Conjuring 2 Set Interview: Vera Farmiga on the Real-Life Lorraine Warren

Source: TMZ

2019-04-20 10:04:31

Rebecca VanAcker

How The Curse of La Llorona Connects To The Conjuring Universe

Warning: SPOILERS ahead for The Curse of La Llorona

Another new installment of The Conjuring universe is out in theaters, but how exactly does The Curse of La Llorona connect to the larger horror franchise? We’re here to break down the crossover elements and where The Curse of La Llorona falls in the overall canon of The Conjuring series.

When New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. released The Conjuring in 2013, they had no idea just how big it would become. The James Wan directed film is viewed as one of the modern classics of the genre and received great critical praise upon its release. This translated to the box office too, where The Conjuring grossed $319 million worldwide on just a $20M budget. The studios capitalized on this runaway success, and The Conjuring was turned into an entire cinematic universe full of demons and other paranormal instances.

Related: The Conjuring Is Warner Bros.’ Most Successful Cinematic Universe

Prequel/spinoff movie  Annabelle marked the first expansion of the universe in 2014, while the main Conjuring franchise received a sequel with The Conjuring 2 in 2016. From this point on, Warner Bros. has not had a year without a new installment of the franchise in theaters. The Conjuring 2 was followed by Annabelle: Creation, a prequel film to the original and larger universe, and The Nun, a prequel/spinoff film that takes place the furthest in the past and used to expand upon the demonic Valek the Nun that appeared in Conjuring 2. There’s another installment this year with Annabelle Comes Home, but now we know that it isn’t the only Conjuring movie of 2019.

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Yes, The Curse of La Llorona Is In The Conjuring Universe

If you have only paid attention to The Curse of La Llorona‘s marketing campaign, then you may be surprised to learn that the film is connected to The Conjuring‘s expansive world. The film did not tease any connections to a larger universe in the marketing and was believed to be just a regular, standalone supernatural thriller. This was proven to not be the case when the film first screened at SSXW earlier this year and reactions to the film confirmed that The Curse of La Llorona is connected to the previous Conjuring movies.

The architects of the entire Conjuring franchise, James Wan and Gary Dauberman, were previously attached as producers on the movie, which should’ve been a major giveaway that such a reveal was coming. That said, it is unclear if The Curse of La Llorona was always envisioned to be a part of the larger franchise. It was originally titled The Children, and the connecting points between this movie and the bigger universe are relatively small, meaning they could’ve been worked into the film at the last minute. But what are these connections?

Father Perez Was In The First Annabelle Movie

One of the major connections that The Curse of La Llorona makes to the Conjuring franchise is having Tony Armendola reprise his role as Father Perez. He first appeared in Annabelle, making this his second appearance in the franchise. In Annabelle, Perez is contacted by John and Mia Form – played by Ward Horton and Annabelle Wallis respectively – and asked for his help after the spirit that possesses the Annabelle doll attacks their family. Perez is the one who explains the connection between the demon and Annabelle to the family. He attempts to help them by taking Annabelle to a church, but is attacked by the demon before he can get inside and winds up in the hospital.

These events all happened in 1967, but Perez is now healthy and continuing to serve as a pastor in 1973. He once again is used as an advisor during the supernatural events that Anna Tate-Garcia (Linda Cardellini) and her family face. Anna asks him if he knows anything about La Llorona, and he explains the supposed legend to her. But, he refuses to get involved with another supernatural activity and directs Anna and her family to an ex-priest who may be of service.

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Annabelle’s Cameo In The Curse of La Llorona Explained

Perez’s lack of interest in helping the Tate-Garcia family may keep his overall role small in The Curse of La Llorona, but there is one other part of his screen time that reminds viewers in a more obvious way of the film’s connection to the larger universe – and we’re not talking about the reference to the Warrens that he makes. When he is explaining the legend of La Llorona to Anna, he alludes to his previous supernatural encounter with Annabelle. Instead of letting hardcore fans piece together the connective tissue though, The Curse of La Llorona makes the connection clear.

It doesn’t last long, but the movie does briefly use a flashback to show part of Perez’s role in Annabelle once again. The shot features him leaving the Forms’ apartment with the Annabelle doll in his grasp. This scene comes during the third act of the 2014 film, when he attempts to take the doll to his church. The events that transpire after that make him hesitant to get involved with La Llorona.

Related: The Conjuring Universe Complete Timeline Explained

While the cameo of Annabelle may feel slightly cheap and unnecessary in the grand scheme of The Curse of La Llorona and the Conjuring franchise, it’s a pretty harmless one to make. This isn’t an example of the film changing the history of the doll or adding another story to the universe that could be used to do another spinoff film, but rather building off of what came before. Its a smart move that further ties The Curse of La Llorona to a bigger universe, which only will leave viewers wondering if a larger connection will be made.

Will La Llorona Join The Conjuring Universe Proper?

The Curse of La Llorona may not be a spinoff of another Conjuring film and only features these small pieces of connectivity, but these actions still firmly place it in the larger shared universe. The ending of the film originally makes it appear as though there will be no future stories based around La Llorona or these characters, but then the post-credits “scene” teases something more. The recognizable and distinct cry of The Weeping Woman once again is heard, indicating that she was only momentarily defeated and could return again.

There’s no plans for a sequel to The Curse of La Llorona at the moment, but the financial success of the film will go a long way towards determining if this happens. The domestic opening weekend isn’t projected to be very high, but the franchise has performed very well overseas traditionally. With a reported budget of only $15M though, it won’t take much for The Curse of La Llorona to be successful enough for a sequel happen.

Regardless of whether or not a sequel happens, there’s more opportunities for the spirit to return, if the creators do plan on doing just that. One of the quickest opportunities will be The Conjuring 3. The film’s director will be Michael Chaves, who just made his directorial debut with The Curse of La Llorona. Him being selected to take over for James Wan clearly is a sign that they liked his work on this new film, but could also mean that La Llorona will have a role given Chaves’ familiarity with the character. It is simply too early to tell whether or not La Llorona will make a return, but it is at least possible now.

MORE: The Curse of La Llorona Review

2019-04-20 09:04:46

Cooper Hood

The Curse of La Llorona Review: The Conjuring Lite is Still Entertaining

First off, some clarification: yes, The Curse of La Llorona is a Conjuring movie. The film’s marketing has been relatively vague on this point, claiming that it simply hales “from the producers” of New Line Cinema and Warner Bros.’ popular horror franchise. However, following its premiere at SXSW in March, word quickly got out that the thriller exists in the same continuity as Valak, Bathsheba, and that trouble-making Annabelle doll. Whether that was always the case or not is open to speculation, but the connection ultimately makes sense… which is to say, the film draws so heavily from James Wan’s playbook on the original Conjuring that it might as well be an official spinoff. Despite a lack of originality and substance, The Curse of La Llorona makes for an entertaining funhouse ride of a movie set in The Conjuring universe.

The Curse of La Llorona director Michael Chaves has already been hired to helm The Conjuring 3 and it’s easy to see why, based on this film. Chaves shows a knack for crafting spooky set pieces and sequences here, using little more than a flickering light, a creaking door, or (in one memorable case) a transparent umbrella to build up tension before the inevitable jump scare hits. Naturally, some of these scenes are better executed than others, but Chaves does a nice job of mixing things up with his approach, as opposed to simply rehashing the same techniques or resorting to cheap shots. As with the other Conjuring movies, the sound editing is essential to The Curse of La Llorona‘s success in this regard. For the large part, the film relies on silence to create suspense, making it all the more effective when the eerie score by Conjuring 1 & 2 composer Joseph Bishara comes into play.

Occasionally, though, Chaves is guilty of cribbing from Wan’s bag of tricks here, especially when it comes to specific camera angles or pieces of visual storytelling (like a sequence shot that maps out the interior of the film’s soon-to-be haunted setting near the beginning). But then again, something similar could be said for The Curse of La Llorona at large. The screenplay by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis (Five Feet Apart) is pretty bare-bones when it comes to plot and character development, doing little to distinguish the family in peril at the heart of the narrative – in this case, widowed social worker Anna Tate-Garcia (Linda Cardellini) and her children, Chris (Roman Christou) and Samantha (Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen) – from those in Conjuring movies past. At the same time, Cardellini delivers an engaging performance as the film’s lead and invites the audience’s sympathy, even when she makes a terrible mistake that’s responsible for La Llorona “latching” onto her and her kids in the first place.

Speaking of The Weeping Woman: those who’re fans and/or were raised on stories about the famous latino folklore specter may want to check their expectations. The character makes for a serviceably creepy villain in The Curse of La Llorona, but otherwise amounts to little more than a standard Conjuring movie monster. That goes double for the film’s central set piece and 1970s backdrop, which are equally acceptable in quality, but lack the rich sense of atmosphere and sinister production design that Conjuring spinoffs like Annabelle: Creation and The Nun had. And like the other movies in the franchise before it, The Curse of La Llorona ultimately gives up on trying to be low-key haunting in its third act, in favor of a finale that delivers louder thrills and action, but sacrifices the feeling of dread sustained throughout the film’s previous two-thirds.

Thankfully, Chaves never loses sight of what he wants The Curse of La Llorona to be (again, the cinematic equivalent of a scary theme park attraction) and keeps the story flowing at a steady pace, without getting hung up on the movie’s thinly-sketched themes about faith and personal loss. The supporting cast seems to be onboard with what the director’s going for here, as costars Patricia Velásquez, Sean Patrick Thomas, and Tony Amendola (who plays a familiar priest) all strike the right tone of seriousness without going too far or coming off as unintentionally campy in their performances. Indeed, one of the best parts of the film is Raymond Cruz as Rafael Olvera, an ex-priest turned independent demon fighter who brings a welcome touch of deadpan humor to the proceedings. It helps that Rafael’s an interesting character in his own right, and his mysterious backstory begs for further exploration. (Maybe in a future Conjuring spinoff?)

As far as Conjuring spinoffs go, The Curse of La Llorona is far from a mold-breaker, but it should get the job done for anyone in the mood for a fun, schlocky supernatural horror-thriller. The movie’s connection to the rest of the Conjuring universe is tenuous at best, so those who haven’t seen the previous films in the franchise (including, the mainline sequels and prequels) can feel comfortable about boarding the bandwagon here, if they’re interested. As for La Llorona: if the Annabelle movies – including this June’s midquel Annabelle Comes Home – have taught us anything, it’s that you just can’t keep a nasty demon down… assuming their films make big bucks at the box office, anyway.

The Curse of La Llorona is now playing in U.S. theaters nationwide. It is 93 minutes long and is rated R for violence and terror.

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments section!

2019-04-19 05:04:40

Sandy Schaefer

The Curse of La Llorona is Part of The Conjuring Universe

WARNING: Mild Spoiler Warning for The Curse of La Llorona

It turns out that The Curse of La Llorona is officially part of the Conjuring Universe. Originally marketed as a standalone supernatural horror film, early screenings of the film have confirmed that it exists within the same world as the Warrens, Valak the Nun, and the possessed doll Annabelle.

Based on a spirit from Latin American folklore, The Curse of La Llorona follows a woman named Anna Garcia (Linda Cardellini) in the 1970s who discovers that an evil entity known as La Llorona is latching onto her – but not for her specifically. The entity wants Anna’s children. In folklore, La Llorona (aka the Weeping Woman) is said to be a spirt who lost her children and now haunts other living children to claim for her own. Now, even though it was assumed that The Curse of the La Llorona would be a standalone film, it turns out that this isn’t the case. The film is part of a much bigger – and highly-profitable – horror franchise.

Related: The Curse of La Llorona Trailer: She’s Coming For Your Children

According to Meagan Navarro’s review of the film, which screened at SXSW, The Curse of La Llorona makes it very clear that this film is part of the Conjuring Universe. However, not unlike films within this universe like Annabelle or The Nun, the connection isn’t necessarily laid on thick (for the most part, at least). For example, in this film, the connective thread is Tony Amendola’s Father Perez, the same character from Annabelle (he was originally listed as this character on IMDb, even before the Conjuring connection was made official). In The Curse of La Llorona, he mentions his experience with the possessed doll, placing this film in the midpoint of the Conjuring timeline (after The Nun, Annabelle, and Annabelle: Creation, but before The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2).

While this might be surprising for some fans, the film’s connection with the Conjuring Universe runs even deeper. The Curse of La Llorona’s director, Michael Chaves, will also direct the third Conjuring film, which is expected to go into production sometime this summer. So, if nothing else, this film can serve as a kind of litmus test for fans of the universe to get a better idea as to what sort of tone – and more importantly, what kind of scares – he’ll be bringing as James Wan’s replacement.

On one hand, adding yet another film to the Conjuring Universe might seem like overkill, especially if it doesn’t add anything vital to the overarching narrative. That said, just like the films, it’s also harmless fun. At the end of the day, horror can be hit or miss with studios, so the fact that it’s currently so mainstream opens the genre up to bold, genre-pushing possibilities – even if these possibilities sometimes feel a bit forced.

More: 25 Crazy Details Behind The Making Of The Conjuring Universe

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2019-03-16 08:03:54

Danny Salemme

The Conjuring 3 Finds Its Director As James Wan Steps Aside

James Wan is handing the director reins for The Conjuring 3 over to someone new. Wan made his way into Hollywood through horror films, but his partnership with New Line and Warner Bros. has brought huge success. The Conjuring universe launched in 2013 with Wan directing. The Conjuring‘s story followed the Warrens, played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, as two of the top paranormal investigators. They returned for The Conjuring 2, which Wan also directed.

This main franchise has been the catalyst for spinoffs like Annabelle and The Nun. The latter is still in its theatrical run, and, while every installment in the Conjuring universe hasn’t been great, they’ve made a combined $1.5 billion at the box office on small budgets. But, fans of the core series want to see what comes next for the Warrens and many hoped Wan would return to complete the trilogy, despite reports noting the unlikely nature of his return.

Related: Conjuring Shared Universe Timeline Explained

Based on a new report from THR, that will not be the case as James Wan is stepping away from the director’s chair for Conjuring 3. Although he will be on board as a producer, they’ve found another up and coming director to take his place – Michael Chaves. He’s a recent discovery of Wan’s as Wan is also producing Chaves’ directorial feature debut, The Curse of La Llorona.

Chaves caught the eye of Wan and his production studio Atomic Monster through his award winning short The Maiden. This brought him in to direct The Curse of La Llorona, which is set to hit theaters next April, with New Line distributing. This is a huge vote of confidence in Chaves and the quality of La Llorona, as Wan cares deeply about the main Conjuring storyline he’s established. Chaves will direct Conjuring 3 from a script by David Leslie Johnson, who previously wrote Conjuring 2 and Aquaman for Wan. Production is expected to begin sometime next year.

Wan’s decision to step aside from Conjuring 3 could be for a variety of reasons, but it may just be because his schedule is just too busy. He’s currently working on finishing Aquaman, which should release a second trailer soon, before going on a giant promotional tour for the movie. If Aquaman is as good as many believe it will be, then Wan may be too busy building out Atlantis to take a trip with the Warrens. Even outside of a potential extended stay with DC, Wan’s incredibly busy as a producer. He’s involved with DC’s Swamp Thing series and is producing remakes/reboots of ArachnophobiaMortal Kombat, and The Tommyknockers. He will still be heavily involved with the Conjuring universe moving forward, but he won’t actually direct the third one. So even though some could be skeptical about him not directing, he’ll still have a hand in crafting what comes next for the franchise.

More: The Conjuring Is Warner Bros.’ Most Successful Cinematic Universe

Conjuring 3 is currently in development but does not have a release date.

Source: THR

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2018-10-03 03:10:02 – Cooper Hood

The Nun Sets New Conjuring Franchise Worldwide Box Office Record

The Nun has succeeded in setting a new worldwide box office record for the entire Conjuring franchise. While critics have been more or less unimpressed by the film, fans have flocked to the theaters to see the latest Conjuring entry, giving The Nun some impressive box office numbers over the past few weeks following its release.

Written by James Wan and Gary Dauberman and directed by Corin Hardy, The Nun is set in 1952, and is the earliest-set film out of the entire series. The movie is devoted to exploring the origins of the demonic force that haunts the Warrens during the events of The Conjuring 2, and features American Horror Story star Taissa Farmiga as Sister Irene, the young nun devoted to fighting back against the evil spirit. The latest installment of the horror series was released earlier this month, and has had continually strong box office numbers, even beating out one of the strongest horror films in recent memory, A Quiet Place.

Related: James Wan To Produce Remake Of Korean Zombie Movie Train To Busan

According to Deadline, The Nun won the title of the highest-grossing film in the Conjuring franchise after earning a total of $330 million at the global box office. This beats out the previous franchise record of $320 million, which was earned by The Conjuring 2 back in 2016. The Nun has found notable success with Spanish-speaking audiences, and has pulled especially high box office numbers in countries such as Mexico, Brazil, and Spain, where the film earned $21.5 million, $17 million, and $10.5 million respectively.

With this box office take, it’s clear that audiences are enjoying The Nun. Many are buzzing over its ending, which some have named to be the most shocking of the franchise. However, despite all of the love fans have shown for The Nun, the film is more divisive among critics. Many film critics have not been so crazy about Hardy’s film, with a number of them arguing it’s one of the weakest in the franchise, and delivers too few scares.

Regardless of how critics feel about The Nun, there’s no doubting that James Wan’s horror franchise is only continuing to build even stronger momentum as the years go on. The series has grown to a substantial size, and Wan’s horror universe is only continuing to expand, with plans for a third Annabelle film and a Crooked Man spinoff already set in motion. Considering The Nun’s record-breaking box office, and the fan hype that only continues to build around the films of Wan’s extended horror world, even more Conjuring films are likely to enter development sooner or later.

More: After The Nun, What’s Next For The Conjuring Movies?

Source: Deadline

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2018-09-30 04:09:57 – Caitlin Leale

The Conjuring 3 Should Begin Production In 2019

It sounds like Ed and Lorraine Warren will have another paranormal case to crack next year, what with The Conjuring franchise producer Peter Safran now expecting The Conjuring 3 to start filming by 2019. In the meantime, The Conjuring movie universe will continue to expand with the as-yet untitled Annabelle 3: a spinoff that is scheduled to hit theaters next summer and has been described as a Night(mare) at the Museum-inspired adventure about what happened when the Warrens first added the eponymous (evil) doll to their collection of occult items and cursed objects.

Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, and The Nun screenwriter Gary Dauberman is set to make his directing debut on Annabelle 3 (which he is also scripting) and recently shared that production on the film will begin mid-October (e.g. next month, at the time of writing). While The Conjuring 3 currently has neither a concrete start date nor a director formally attached, its own screenplay is well into development, according to Safran.

Related: The Nun’s Valak Easter Eggs Revealed

Warner Bros. officially green-lit the third mainline Conjuring installment back in early 2017 and set The Conjuring 2 screenwriter Davis Leslie Johnson to work on its script. During an interview to promote last week’s release of The Nun, Safran told Cinemablend that The Conjuring 3 screenplay is “coming along great” and that he feels “pretty confident” that the film will begin shooting sometime in 2019 and aim for (probably) a 2020 release. However, Safran didn’t comment on whether The Conjuring 1&2 director James Wan will (or will not) be returning for the third chapter.

Plot details for The Conjuring 3 are currently under lock and key, but it seems safe to assume that the film will pick up sometime after the events of Conjuring 2 (which took place from 1976-77), rather than before the first Conjuring, a la the Annabelle movies and The Nun. Beyond that, Safran previously said the third mainline Conjuring movie will veer away from the haunted house story formula of its predecessors. The Conjuring series at large has already begun to do just that, with this month’s The Nun swapping out a ghost-infested house for a Hammer Horror-inspired abbey controlled by a powerful demon (i.e. the eponymous creature, Valak).

As for Wan: while he’s never stopped being actively involved in the Conjuring franchise’s expansion and even cowrote the story for The Nun, it was previously believed that his commitment to DC’s Aquaman would prevent from being able to direct a third Conjuring feature. However, that was back when The Conjuring 3 was expected to begin shooting this year – and since that’s no longer the case and Wan hasn’t lined up any new projects after Aquaman (which hits theaters in December), there’s now a much better chance that he will return to bring the Conjuring trilogy to a close after all.

MORE: The Conjuring Universe Complete Timeline

We will bring you more details on The Conjuring 3 as they become available.

Source: Cinemablend

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2018-09-10 04:09:25 – Sandy Schaefer

After The Nun, What’s Next For The Conjuring Movies?

The Nun may be the fifth movie in the Conjuring Universe, but it’s hardly the last. With unlimited potential for future sequels and spinoffs based off the real-life cases of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (as well as storylines and characters inspired by said cases), the Conjuring Universe will likely last for as long as audiences are willing to stay on board.

The Warrens have explored everything from a haunted house in Amityville, New York, belonging to the Lutz family (see: The Amityville Horror) to the former funeral home belonging to the Snedeker family in Southington, Connecticut (see: The Haunting in Connecticut). After forming the New England Society for Psychic Research, they spent roughly fifty years surrounded by the supernatural, and the Conjuring Universe takes a deep (if not embellished) dive into their real-life stories.

Related: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About The Conjuring

The long-term future of this franchise is mostly in the dark, but there is a small slate of sequels and spinoffs already greenlit and ready for production. They’ll not only dig deeper into the Conjuring’s lore, but take inspiration from the now infamous cases that the Warrens have spent a lifetime examining.

Annabelle 3

In Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation, the real-life possessed doll (now locked away in the occult museum belonging to Ed and Lorraine Warren) is moved from home to home, destroying the lives of every family it touches. Now, the as-yet-untitled Annabelle 3 will explore a timeline that takes place – oddly enough – in between the events of the very first Conjuring movie. From director Gary Dauberman (who penned the first two Annabelle movies, as well as The Nun, IT, and IT: Chapter Two), the third Annabelle will take place shortly after the Warrens first came into possession of the doll, but before they investigated the Perron family hauntings.

The movie is expected to involve the Warrens themselves, but will focus primarily on their daughter Judy. Annabelle will possess other haunted items located in the occult museum, making them come to life a la Night at the Museum – only scarier.

The Conjuring 3

Though there is currently no official synopsis for The Conjuring 3, director James Wan (who may only return as producer on the third installment) has revealed some minor details regarding its direction.

Related: Here’s How The Nun Connects To Annabelle & The Conjuring

For one, Wan is adamant that The Conjuring 3 deviate from its first two predecessors by not involving a haunted house. Rumors have circulated that the third installment may tackle one of the Warrens’ more obscure cases involving a man named Bill Ramsey who was reportedly possessed by a werewolf-like demon in the UK, though this hasn’t been confirmed. It would also bring the ghost-hunting couple back to a similar setting as The Conjuring 2, but would introduce a major time jump from the second movie (which the franchise is no stranger to), given that Ramsey’s exorcism took place in 1983.

The Crooked Man

Based on the English nursery rhyme There Was a Crooked Man, which is featured in The Conjuring 2The Crooked Man is yet another spinoff that will expand the growing Conjuring Universe. However, it’s unclear how the standalone movie will kick off, given that the haunted zoetrope in which the manifested Crooked Man resides is locked away inside the Warrens’ occult museum.

That said, given that Annabelle 3, which will be released before The Crooked Man, revolves around the possessed doll  bringing other objects in the museum to life, it’s entirely possible that the Crooked Man will somehow escape by the end, leading up to the spinoff – possibly even by transporting itself into another, seemingly innocuous object.

The Nun 2

While there is no official word on a sequel to The Nun being greenlit – or even considered – the likelihood of Warner Bros giving it the go-ahead is entirely possible. So, assuming The Nun’s box office warrants a sequel, where could it possibly go? By the end of The Nun, the demon Valak is seemingly defeated. However, considering the fact that it returns around twenty years later for The Conjuring 2, it’d make sense that the Conjuring Universe would want to craft a bridge between the movies to fill in the blanks.

Related: The Nun Review: The Conjuring Movies Go Full Hammer Horror

Now, the end of The Nun does reveal the direct connection that Lorraine Warren has with Valak, which bridges the two movies, but it doesn’t explain how Valak comes back from the dead, so to speak. So, unless Lorraine’s clairvoyance somehow helps Valak manifest itself out of thin air through her vision alone, a sequel would help spell out its return.

Then again, a sequel for The Nun could also focus its attention on Maurice (played by Jonas Bloquet), who’s been marked by Valak, between the events of The Nun and The Conjuring. 

More: The Conjuring Universe Complete Timeline: From The Nun To The Warrens

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2018-09-07 12:09:40 – Danny Salemme

The Nun: The True Story Behind The Conjuring Prequel

Warning: SPOILERS for The Nun

The Conjuring universe has scared millions, but its origins are finally revealed in The Nun. A spinoff prequel set decades before the rest of the Conjuring universe’s hauntings, fans will want to know: how much of this story is actually true?

If not true, then how much of it is based on or inspired by the very real paranormal investigations carried out by Ed and Lorraine Warren. Actors Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga have made the Warrens household names for horror fans, but previous films have made some tenuous connections between fact, fiction, and fantasy. And by now, horror fans know they’re likely not seeing a faithful account of how the original story unfolded.

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The Nun may be a similar case, but real figures, locations, and accounts of demonic possession do act as the basis of large parts of the movie… more than some will expect.

  • This Page: The Real Demon Valak & Lorraine’s Vision
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Yes, Valak The President of Hell is a Real Demon

We hope readers will understand that saying any demon is “real” or fictional means drawing a line not between true or false, but between creation for the film, and referencing established demonic history. And while Valak taking this specific appearance in The Conjuring universe is a style choice by the filmmakers, the demon itself is known quite well to demonologists, holding the same rank and titles as communicated in the movie.

We’ll stop short of diving any deeper into the categories and names of the 72 demons codified in the Ars Goetia of the Lesser Key of Solomon one of the most iconic, 17th Century texts on demons and demonology (and seen as a compilation of some texts that go back even farther into the 1400s). Curious readers can head down those rabbit holes on their own. All movie fans likely want to know is that: yes, “Valak” or “Valac” is one of those demons. Although he is usually depicted as a young boy with angel’s wings, who rides a two-headed dragon and can deliver those who contact him into either treasures or serpents.

But the movie appearance of Valak is also related to some real-life inspirations from Lorraine Warren herself.

A Nun-Like Figure Really Did Haunt Lorraine Warren

The white faced, habit-ed, demonic nun isn’t connected to the traditional appearance of the demon Valak – but is it based on anything other than Hollywood marketing? Surprisingly, yes. While making the press rounds for The Conjuring 2, where The Nun first emerged as the real antagonist of the series haunting Lorraine Warren (Farmiga), director James Wan explained the origin to i09:

From talking to Lorraine in passing, she mentioned a spectral entity that has haunted her in her house. And it’s this swirling tornado vortex with this hooded figure in there, and I remember hearing that and my first thought was, ‘Oh crap, that’s going to be a CGI character.’ I didn’t want to do that. And so, it kind of took me a while to cement in my head what this vision was. And it came across eventually in a very organic way.

Because it is a demonic vision that haunts her, that only attacks her, I wanted something that would attack her faith. Something that would threaten the safety of her husband. And so that was eventually how the idea of this very iconographic image of a holy icon cemented in my head.

So there you have it, The Nun is visually inspired by the actual entity seen by the real-world Lorraine. That helps to explain Valak’s role in The Conjuring 2 – being tied to Lorraine specifically through visions – but The Nun is intended to be a prequel, telling its own story.

So is the monastery real, along with the odd nun murders, and rift to Hell blown open during World War II?

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The Film is Set at The Real Cârța Monastery

The building where the nun intrigue takes place in the film is referred to as “The Abbey of St. Carta,” located – predictably – in Transylvania. And believe it or not, that really does seem to be based on the Cârța Monastery, or Abbey of Carta, located in the mountainous heart of Romania. A monastery erected as early as the year 1202 which, like the film, was home to monk and nuns referred to as “white,” due to their wearing white habits, not black. But while impressive in the grand scheme of history, the real location is nowhere near as extravagant (or haunting) as the version arrived at in the movie.

The bad news? The Cârța Monastery had its Cistercian monks evicted by the King of Hungary around 1494. When the events of The Nun depict the Abbey in full operation as recently as 1952, the real-world monastery had been reduced to a handful of the stone walls (while the rest of the original wooden structure had been worn away by time. Today, residents of the area congregate on the site to practice Evangelical services. But there’s no question that historic name and location were chosen as a link to reality – not as an intent to recreate it.

A True ‘Nun Possession’ Did Happen in Romania

Interestingly though, the selection of Romania for The Nun may not be an accident, either. Considering the previous Conjuring films tied into real-world events like the Amityville and Enfield phenomena, it would be strange if The Nun ignored real supernatural history entirely. But if movie fans were to do a bit of digging into Romanian exorcisms that gained notoriety, they would find one. A ‘haunting’ which took place in 2005, not 1952. Of course, not everyone saw it that way.

The believed possession and subsequent criminal trial made the Tanacu Exorcism a widely-covered case. It began when a 23 year-old woman sought out the monastery, and soon began acting strangely. Doctors diagnosed schizophrenia, but those around her believed to be witnessing a demonic possession. The resulting exorcism tragically cost the nun her life, with those responsible sentenced to jail time.

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Separate, these accounts and details have little connecting them. But placed into one large, creative melting pot, they show just how outlandish or original a film can be while still claiming to have been “inspired by real events.”

The References Are Real, The Movie Story Isn’t (Obviously)

No horror movie fans needs us to confirm that there was not a reliable, confirmed case of a demonic nun terrorizing a convent, monastery, or any other religious residence. All things considered, the fact that The Nun connects The Conjuring and Annabelle to the origin of the Warrens’ investigations, while actually being the sixth movie released should leave little doubt that it’s fiction intended to stitch separate incidents together.

The closest one could claim that The Nun comes to being based on a real-world event would be Lorraine Warren’s vision of a dark, hooded figure. That’s less concrete experience upon which to build a story than any Conjuring film thus far, so perhaps the filmmakers can be afforded a freebie (since The Nun isn’t boasting the same ties to true accounts or happenings as previous entries).

As for cinematic inspirations and meta filmmaking, the similarities to countless other horror tales can’t be ignored (in which two supernatural warriors arrive to encounter unspeakable evil). Factor the murder mystery taking place in a monastery, and Umberto Eco’s novel The Name of The Rose comes to mind. No surprise, then, that producer James Wan describes The Nun as a cross between that narrative and The Conjuring spirit.

MORE: Complete Timeline of The Conjuring Movie Universe

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2018-09-07 04:09:15 – Andrew Dyce