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The Conjuring Universe
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The Conjuring Universe is an American media franchise and shared universe centered on a series of supernatural horror films. The franchise is produced by New Line Cinema, the Safran Company, and Atomic Monster Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The films present a dramatization of the real-life cases of Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators and authors associated with prominent yet controversial cases of haunting. The main series follows their attempts to assist people who find themselves possessed by demonic spirits, while the spin-off films focus on the origins of some of the entities the Warrens have encountered.

The franchise has been commercially successful, having grossed a combined $2.1 billion against a combined budget of $178 million, becoming the second highest-grossing horror franchise. The franchise has predominantly received positive to mixed reviews.

Overview[edit]

The franchise consists of three films in the main series: The Conjuring (2013), The Conjuring 2 (2016), and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021). The first two films were directed by James Wan, while the third film was directed by Michael Chaves. The first two installments revolve around two of the many famous paranormal cases of which the Warrens have been a part, with the first film depicting the case of the Perron family, who are experiencing disturbing events in their newly acquired house in Rhode Island. The second entry focused on the controversial case of the Enfield poltergeist while briefly referring to the events that inspired The Amityville Horror. A sequel to the two films, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, was released on June 4, 2021, and revolves around the trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, a murder that took place in 1981 in Connecticut.[1][2][3][4]

The franchise also includes Annabelle (2014), a prequel directed by The Conjuring cinematographer John R. Leonetti and produced by Peter Safran and Wan, which revealed the events of the doll of the same name before the Warrens came into contact with it at the start of the first film. A prequel, Annabelle: Creation (2017), directed by David F. Sandberg shows the events of the origins of the demon-manipulated doll. A third Annabelle film, Annabelle Comes Home, was released on June 26, 2019, with franchise writer Gary Dauberman making his directorial debut from a script he wrote. Producer Wan has likened the story to Night at the Museum, where Annabelle activates the haunted objects in the Warrens' artifact room.[5]

The Nun, a prequel based on a character introduced in The Conjuring 2, was released in 2018. The plot focused on the origins of the demonic nun Valak before coming in contact with the Warrens. In April 2019, a sequel to The Nun was announced, with Akela Cooper penning the script and Wan and Safran co-producing the project.[6] By 2022, a sequel, titled The Nun 2, was in production, with Michael Chaves directing.[7][8]

In addition to The Nun, another spin-off film from The Conjuring 2, titled The Crooked Man,[9] is in development. A standalone film, The Curse of La Llorona, was released in April 2019.[10]

Wan stated that they sought accuracy to real life in making the three main films, while the spin-offs allowed them to "just explore different sub-genres in the horror genre".[11]

The first two Conjuring films were met with generally positive reviews by both critics and horror fans, earning praise for Wan's directing and main cast performances, particularly Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga's on-screen chemistry as Ed and Lorraine. Critics also acknowledged the effect the films have had on popular culture as well as in the production of modern horror films. The third entry received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the performances of Wilson and Farmiga but noted it as weaker than the previous Conjuring installments. The first entry in the Annabelle film series received more mixed to negative reviews, considered an inferior film to its forerunner. Annabelle: Creation was met with generally positive reviews. A sequel to both Annabelle films, Annabelle Comes Home, received mixed reviews. The Nun and The Curse of La Llorona, on the other hand, received generally mixed to negative reviews. The three main films and its five spin-offs have proven themselves to be successful at the box office, having combined earnings of over $1.9 billion worldwide, against a combined budget of $178.5 million,[12] making the Conjuring Universe the second highest-grossing horror franchise in history and one of the most critically acclaimed.

Development[edit]

Development began over 20 years before the first film's debut, when Ed Warren played a tape of Lorraine Warren's original interview with Carolyn Perron for producer Tony DeRosa-Grund.[13] DeRosa-Grund made a recording of Warren playing back the tape and of their subsequent discussion. At the end of the tape, Warren said to DeRosa-Grund: "If we can't make this into a film I don't know what we can". DeRosa-Grund then described his vision of the film for Ed.[14]

DeRosa-Grund wrote the original treatment and titled the project The Conjuring.[15] For nearly 14 years, he tried to get the film made without any success. He originally landed a deal to make the film at Gold Circle Films, the production company behind The Haunting in Connecticut, but a contract could not be finalized and the deal was dropped.[16]

DeRosa-Grund allied with producer Peter Safran, and sibling writers Chad and Carey W. Hayes were brought on board to refine the script.[15] Using DeRosa-Grund's treatment and the Ed Warren tape, the Hayes brothers changed the story's point of view from the Perron family to that of the Warrens. The brothers interviewed Lorraine many times over the phone to clarify details.[17] By mid-2009, the property became the subject of a six-studio bidding war that landed the film at Summit Entertainment;[18] however, DeRosa-Grund and Summit could not conclude the transaction and the film went into turnaround. DeRosa-Grund reconnected with New Line Cinema, who had lost in the original bidding war, and the studio ultimately picked up the film. The same year on November 11, a deal was made between New Line and DeRosa-Grund's Evergreen Media Group.[19]

Films[edit]

Released[edit]

Film U.S. release date Director Screenwriter(s) Story by Producers
The Conjuring July 19, 2013 (2013-07-19) James Wan Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes Rob Cowan, Peter Safran & Tony DeRosa-Grund
Annabelle October 3, 2014 (2014-10-03) John R. Leonetti Gary Dauberman James Wan & Peter Safran
The Conjuring 2 June 10, 2016 (2016-06-10) James Wan James Wan, Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes & David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick James Wan, Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes Rob Cowan, James Wan & Peter Safran
Annabelle: Creation August 11, 2017 (2017-08-11) David F. Sandberg Gary Dauberman James Wan & Peter Safran
The Nun September 7, 2018 (2018-09-07) Corin Hardy Gary Dauberman James Wan & Gary Dauberman
The Curse of La Llorona April 19, 2019 (2019-04-19) Michael Chaves Mikki Daughtry & Tobias Iaconis James Wan, Gary Dauberman & Emile Gladstone
Annabelle Comes Home June 26, 2019 (2019-06-26) Gary Dauberman James Wan & Gary Dauberman James Wan & Peter Safran
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It June 4, 2021 (2021-06-04) Michael Chaves David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick James Wan & David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick
The Conjuring Universe timeline
All nine films of the Conjuring Universe
take place between 1952 and 1981.[20][21]
1952The Nun
1953–1954
1955Annabelle: Creation
1956The Nun 2
1957–1966
1967Annabelle
1968–1970
1971The Conjuring
1972Annabelle Comes Home
1973The Curse of La Llorona
1974–1976
1977The Conjuring 2
1978–1980
1981The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

The Conjuring (2013)[edit]

The first installment of the series (originally entitled The Warren Files, later retitled The Conjuring) centers on the real-life exploits of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a married couple who investigated paranormal events.[22] Patrick Wilson starred alongside Vera Farmiga in the main roles of Ed and Lorraine.[23] The film focused on the Warrens' 1971 case in which they investigated a witch's curse at a farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island. The Conjuring was released on July 19, 2013, to positive reviews. It earned $318 million worldwide against a budget of $20 million, becoming one of the most profitable horror films in history.

Annabelle (2014)[edit]

A spin-off film, focusing on the origins of the Annabelle doll that was introduced in The Conjuring, was announced shortly after the release of its forerunner, mainly due to the film's worldwide box office success, and positive reception towards the character. The plot focused on John and Mia Form, a married couple expecting a child, whose vintage doll, Annabelle, becomes possessed by a vengeful spirit after two devil worshippers break into their home and are killed. The film was directed by The Conjuring cinematographer John R. Leonetti and produced by Safran and Wan, with Gary Dauberman behind the script.[24] The film was released worldwide on October 3, 2014, to major commercial success, becoming the 14th most profitable horror film in North America.[25] Many critics found Annabelle to be an inferior film compared to The Conjuring.[26]

The Conjuring 2 (2016)[edit]

A sequel, The Conjuring 2, was commissioned after the success of the original film and was also directed by Wan,[27] with both Farmiga and Wilson reprising their roles.[28][29][30] The film focused on the Enfield poltergeist case in London in 1977,[31] while briefly referring to the events that inspired The Amityville Horror. It was released on June 10, 2016,[32] to positive reviews from both critics and audiences; some agreed that the film was vastly superior to other horror sequels, while others debated whether the film had surpassed its predecessor in quality. Proving to be similarly successful to the first entry in the series, the film became another profitable addition to the franchise, having earned $320.3 million worldwide from a budget of $40 million, and becoming the second highest-grossing horror film of all time, after The Exorcist, until It was released in 2017.

Annabelle: Creation (2017)[edit]

An Annabelle sequel was in development, eventually revealed to be a prequel to the original film.[33][34] The plot of the film centers on a dollmaker and his wife, whose daughter tragically died twelve years earlier, as they decide to open their home to a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage; the dollmaker's possessed creation Annabelle sets her sights on the children and turns their shelter into a storm of ultimate evil.[35] Lights Out director David F. Sandberg replaced Leonetti as director, with Dauberman returning to write the script and Safran and Wan returning to produce.[36] The film was released worldwide on August 11, 2017, to critical and commercial success, with many critics stating Annabelle: Creation was a vast improvement over its predecessor.[37]

The Nun (2018)[edit]

A spin-off film titled The Nun, featuring the "Demon Nun" character Valak from The Conjuring 2, was directed by Corin Hardy, with The Conjuring 2 co-scribe David Leslie Johnson initially announced as the writer before being replaced by Gary Dauberman and Wan, who also produced with Safran.[38][39] Demián Bichir starred in the lead role,[40][41] while Bonnie Aarons reprised her role in the film.[42] The plot of the film follows a nun, a priest and a novitiate as they investigate an unholy secret and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.[43] The film was released on September 7, 2018, and grossed $365.6 million on a budget of $22 million, becoming the highest grossing film in the franchise.[44]

The Curse of La Llorona (2019)[edit]

In October 2017, Wan served as a producer of a horror film directed by Michael Chaves and starring Linda Cardellini, which was then titled The Children.[45] The film was later retitled The Curse of La Llorona[46] (also known as The Curse of the Weeping Woman in some international markets).[47] Though marketed as a standalone film, there is a nod to the Conjuring Universe in the form of Tony Amendola, who reprises his role from Annabelle as Father Perez.[10] The character gives direction to the family being tormented by the titular spirit, and relates the haunting to his experiences with the demonic entity attached to the doll.[48]

Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velásquez and Sean Patrick Thomas co-star in the film.[49][50][51] The Curse of La Llorona premiered at South by Southwest on March 15, 2019, to mixed reviews and had a wide theatrical release on April 19.

Annabelle Comes Home (2019)[edit]

The third installment in the Annabelle series, Annabelle Comes Home,[52] featured Gary Dauberman as a writer and the director in his directorial debut. It was based on a story treatment written by Dauberman and Wan.[53] Wan and Peter Safran co-produced the project.[54]

Annabelle Comes Home takes place after Annabelle and The Conjuring and focuses on the doll after she was kept in the glass box in the Warrens' museum. Wilson and Farmiga reprised their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren, alongside Mckenna Grace as Judy Warren and Madison Iseman as Judy's teenage babysitter.[55][56][5][57][58][53] The film was released on June 26, 2019.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)[edit]

In 2016, Wan stated that though he would not be directing another film in the series, due to scheduling conflicts, "there could be many more [Conjuring] movies because the Warrens have so many stories", acknowledging that "there are other filmmakers that I would love to sort of continue on the Conjuring world".[59][60][61] Wan said that the next film in the series would take place during the 1980s[62] and spoke of ideas for the films to explore lycanthropy, citing American Werewolf in London and The Hound of the Baskervilles as inspiration.[63] Safran stated that the next film would not be a haunted house movie.[64] David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick was hired to write the screenplay.[2] In August 2017, Wan explained that the third movie had been in development a long time, as all the creative minds involved wanted it to live up to the quality of the previous two films.[65]

In October 2018, Michael Chaves was announced as the film's director, after previously directing The Curse of La Llorona. Wan was impressed while working with Chaves on the film, and claimed that Chaves would make a great addition to the creative team. Wilson and Farmiga reprise their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren, with the plot revolving around the real-life "Devil Made Me Do It" case, a legal trial where the defendant claimed to have been possessed during the crimes of which he is accused.[66][67] Production began on June 3, 2019. The film was initially scheduled for a September 11, 2020, release,[68][69] before being pushed to June 4, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[70] The movie was, however, released by Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema in the United Kingdom on May 26, 2021. The film was theatrically released in the United States on June 4, 2021, where it also had a month-long simultaneous release on the HBO Max streaming service.

Future[edit]

Film U.S. release date Director Screenwriter Story by Producer(s) Status
The Nun 2 TBA Michael Chaves Akela Cooper James Wan & Akela Cooper James Wan & Peter Safran Filming
The Crooked Man TBA TBA Mike Van Waes James Wan In development

The Nun 2 (TBA)[edit]

In August 2017, Wan discussed the possibility of a Nun sequel and what its storyline may be: "I do know where potentially, if The Nun works out, where The Nun 2 could lead to and how that ties to Lorraine's story that we've set up with the first two Conjurings and make it all come full circle".[71]

In April 2019, Safran said that a sequel was in development, stating that there was a "really fun" storyline planned for the film, and commenting that there was an "inevitability to another The Nun movie".[72][73] Later that month, Akela Cooper signed onto the project as writer for the film while Safran and Wan were set as producers.[6] In April 2021, Bonnie Aarons expressed interest in reprising her role as the titular demon in the sequel.[74] In February 2022, Taissa Farmiga stated that she has had discussions with Warner Bros. Pictures regarding reprising her role from the first film while stating that the restrictions on the film industry as a result of the coronavirus pandemic had delayed the project.[75] In April 2022, Warner Bros. officially announced the film as part of its upcoming slate at the 2022 CinemaCon.[76][77] The following day, it was announced that Michael Chaves would serve as director.[78] Principal photography began on April 29, 2022.[79][80] Bonnie Aarons was confirmed to be reprising her role as Valak.[81]

The Crooked Man (TBA)[edit]

In May 2017, Safran said that the Crooked Man character was being considered by the studio for a feature film.[82] By June of the same year, a spin-off film titled The Crooked Man, featuring the character of the same name from The Conjuring 2, was in development with Mike Van Waes writing the script based on a story treatment by Wan. Wan and Safran were set to produce the project. Wan later told that The Crooked Man was in the early stages of development and that the intent with the movie was to develop a "dark fairytale" sub-genre of horror films.[83] By September 2018, Safran gave an update on the project stating that the script was in progress of being written and that the studio intends to wait until the story is fully developed before production will begin. He further explained that the intention is for each of the different films in the franchise to have its own style.[84] Peter Safran stated that while The Crooked Man was intended to be the next movie following The Conjuring 2, the project had been delayed in favor of fast-tracking production on The Nun due to the response to that film from its audience.[85][86]

Potential sequels[edit]

In June 2017, producer Peter Safran stated that while the studio will not incorporate characters from other standalone original works, there are various projects in development.[87] In September 2018, the producer reiterated that future projects will only be made that have connection to the Warrens and the current films in the franchise.[88] In April 2019, Safran said that installments will continue to be made "as long as [we] keep having original stories to tell".[85][86] By May 2021, he stated that there were future projects in various stages of development, with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga intended to reprise their roles. The producer stated: "[They] are such unique actors and they portray Ed and Lorraine so beautifully that we'd love to keep making these movies with them. Ed and Lorraine investigated cases for 50 years, so we have another 40 years with Patrick and Vera before we run out."[89]

Following the release of Annabelle Comes Home in June 2019, Gary Dauberman stated the possibility of a fourth Annabelle film and future spin-off films featuring other cursed artifacts.[90]

In June 2021, after the release of The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, Michael Chaves revealed that the movie was originally intended to directly tie into the next spin-off movie. Centered around a demonic character that was cut from the film, referred to as the Lost Demon, Chaves stated that this entity would be notable because it was entirely based on descriptions from true account witnesses. Though the full character reveal was removed from the final cut, as well as a subplot where Isla the occultist was working with the demon, the filmmaker stated that it is the same entity that torments David in the waterbed and ultimately enters his body. He expressed hope for the potential of a spin-off project from his movie to be realized.[91][92][93] Chaves commented that James Wan has several Warren "cases up his sleeve", with "a lot of things ... to explore." The filmmaker acknowledged that he knew what was being developed while expressing his excitement as a fan to see what is released first.[94]

Short films[edit]

In July 2017, Warner Bros. Pictures, in conjunction with Wan, announced the "My Annabelle Creation" competition as a promotion for the then-upcoming film Annabelle: Creation. Participants of the competition were to shoot a short film which would "feel like (it) could exist within the established Conjuring world", with the winning films' directors having their films made a part of the shared film universe, and winning a trip to Los Angeles to meet with David F. Sandberg, the director of the film. The entry deadline was July 27 with five separate competition winners being selected from the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Sweden and Colombia.

Film U.S. release date Director(s) Screenwriter(s) Story by Cinematographer(s) Producer(s)
The Nurse August 16, 2017 Julian Terry Alexander Anderson Will Weprin Julian Terry & Alexander Anderson
The Confession August 26, 2017 Liam Banks Liam Banks & Jonathan Butler Tom Auzins & Jonathan Butler Liam Banks & Charlie Clarke
What's Wrong With Mom? September 4, 2017 Raúl Bribiesca Alejandra Salcido Charloth Hernández & Ricardo de la Parra T.
Blund's Lullaby September 14, 2017 Magda Lindblom & Amanda Nilsson Per Lindberg Magda Lindblom & Amanda Nilsson
Innocent Souls November 3, 2017 Alejandro López

The Nurse (2017)[edit]

The winner from the United States competition was Julian Terry for his short film The Nurse. Just under two minutes in length and filmed over four days, it was released on August 16, 2017.

The short film begins with Emily (Aria Walters), a young girl with bandages wrapped around her eyes, hearing the door to her ward opening and the scraping sound of a gurney moving. As she goes outside to investigate, holding onto her drip for balance, a strange nurse (Hannah Palazzi) approaches, whom Emily cannot see. Panicking, she gets back to her ward and hits the call button for help. The nurse appears and tells Emily in a normal voice that she can remove the bandaging. Emily turns around to see the nurse's disfigured, demonic face smiling back at her. Emily screams in terror as the film ends, leaving her fate unknown.

The Confession (2017)[edit]

The Confession is a British horror short film directed by Liam Banks which was the winner of the United Kingdom competition. Just over two minutes in length and filmed over one week, it was released on August 26, 2017.

The short film revolves around a psychologically-damaged young woman named Fiona (Esmee Matthews) who seeks refuge in her local church, confiding in a priest (Ernest Vernon) regarding her terrifying encounters with supernatural entities. However, having escaped the evil within her house, she finds that something far darker sits in the confession booth next to her.

What's Wrong With Mom? (2017)[edit]

What's Wrong With Mom? is a Mexican horror short film directed by Raúl Bribiesca, the winner of the Mexican competition. Exactly two minutes in length and filmed in a single take, it was released on September 4, 2017.

In the film, a mother's health begins to deteriorate. Her daughter starts praying for her mother's health to improve but soon she finds out what is happening to her. The film revolves around a father (Fabián Hurtado) and daughter (Carina Pámenes) as they're praying to God to exorcise the family's mother (Perla Corona) of the "Marifer", a teleporting demon possessing her.

Blund's Lullaby (2017)[edit]

Blund's Lullaby is a 2017 Swedish horror short film directed by Amanda Nilsson and Magda Lindblom, which was the winner of the Swedish competition. Just over two minutes in length, the film was inspired by the Nordic version of the Sandman, known as John Blund. The Short film was released on September 14.

Innocent Souls (2017)[edit]

Innocent Souls is a Colombian horror short film directed, written, and produced by Alejandro López. Innocent Souls was the winner of the Colombian competition. The short film was released on November 3, 2017.

Television[edit]

In May 2021, Peter Safran said that there were ongoing developments for a television series set within the Conjuring Universe. The producer stated that while they did not want to take away from the film installments, there were "some more long-form stories that would be better told over eight episodes or eight hours as opposed to just a two-hour movie". Safran acknowledged that an expansion of the franchise into television shows has been in discussion for some time, with the launch of HBO Max providing Warner Bros. Entertainment with a distributor for any potential series.[89]

Comic books[edit]

In April 2021, DC Comics began forming a new horror imprint called DC Horror with a series of comics set in the Conjuring Universe, with the first of these released on June 1 the same year. The Conjuring: The Lover is a 5-issue limited series that serves as a prequel to The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. The story involves a college student named Jessica. She struggles with college life and her discovery that something sinister is targeting her. Each issue will include backup stories, which explore the cursed artifacts in the Warren's basement museum. The limited series is co-written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Rex Ogle, with artwork by Garry Brown and cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz. The backup stories featuring the occult items from the Warrens' artifact room will be written by various writers: the first by Scott Snyder, with Denys Cowan serving as artist, the second from writer Che Grayson and artist Juan Ferreyra, the third from writer Tim Seeley and artist Kelley Jones, followed by the fourth from writer Ray Fawkes and artist Christopher Mitten, and by the fifth from writer and artist Dominike "Domo" Stanton.[95] On March 8, 2022, a trade hardcover collecting the issues released.[96]

The Conjuring: The Lover
Issue Publication date Title Writer(s) Artist(s)
#1 June 1, 2021 "The Conjuring: The Lover #1" David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick & Rex Ogle Garry Brown
"Tales from the Artifact Room: The Ferryman" Scott Snyder Denys Cowan
#2 July 6, 2021 "The Conjuring: The Lover #2" David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick & Rex Ogle Garry Brown
"Tales from the Artifact Room: The Bloody Bride" Che Grayson Juan Ferreyra
#3 August 3, 2021 "The Conjuring: The Lover #3" David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick & Rex Ogle Garry Brown
"Tales from the Artifact Room: The Accordion Monkey" Tim Seeley Kelley Jones
#4 September 7, 2021 "The Conjuring: The Lover #4" David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick & Rex Ogle Garry Brown
"Tales from the Artifact Room: The Sleeping Song" Ray Fawkes Christopher Mitten
#5 October 5, 2021 "The Conjuring: The Lover #5" David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick & Rex Ogle Garry Brown
"Tales from the Artifact Room: The Chalice " Dominike "Domo" Stanton Dominike "Domo" Stanton

Recurring cast and characters[edit]

This table lists the main characters who appear in the Conjuring Universe, in alphabetical order by the character's last name.

List indicator(s)

This section shows characters who will appear or have appeared in more than two films in the series.

  • An empty, dark grey cell indicates the character was not in the film, or that the character's official presence has not yet been confirmed.
  •  A indicates an appearance through archival footage.
  •  C indicates a cameo role.
  •  O indicates an older version of the character.
  •  U indicates an uncredited appearance.
  •  V indicates a voice-only role.
  •  Y indicates a younger version of the character.
Characters Films
The Conjuring Annabelle The Conjuring 2 Annabelle: Creation The Nun The Curse of La Llorona Annabelle Comes Home The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It The Nun 2
Annabelle Appeared Appeared
Camilla Amy Tipton Sade Katarina
Debbie Morganna May Kenzie Caplan
Malthus
The Ram Demon
Joseph Bishara Joseph Bishara
Fred TatascioreV
Alexander Ward
Mia Form Annabelle Wallis Annabelle WallisA
John Form Ward Horton Ward HortonA
Father Gordon Steve Coulter Steve Coulter Steve Coulter
Janice "Annabelle" Higgins Tree O'Toole
Keira DanielsY
Talitha Bateman
Tree O'TooleO
Tree O'TooleA
Pete Higgins Brian Howe Brian Howe
Sharon Higgins Kerry O'Malley Kerry O'Malley
Thin Man Trampas Thompson Trampas Thompson
Annabelle "Bee" Mullins Samara Lee Samara Lee
Father Perez Tony Amendola Tony Amendola
Carolyn Perron Lili Taylor Lili TaylorA
Rick Zach Pappas Zach PappasC
Maurice "Frenchie" Theriault Christof Veillon Christof VeillonA Jonas Bloquet
Christof VeillonOA
Drew Thomas Shannon Kook Shannon Kook Shannon KookA Shannon Kook
Valak The Nun Joseph Bishara
Robin Atkin DownesV
Bonnie Aarons[a]
Bonnie AaronsCU Bonnie Aarons
Joseph BisharaV
Pictured Bonnie Aarons
The Crooked Man Javier Botet[b]
Ed Warren Patrick Wilson Patrick WilsonV Patrick Wilson Patrick WilsonA Patrick Wilson Patrick Wilson
Mitchell HoogY
Judy Warren Sterling Jerins Sterling Jerins Sterling JerinsA Mckenna Grace Sterling Jerins
Lorraine Warren Vera Farmiga Vera Farmiga Vera FarmigaA Vera Farmiga Vera Farmiga
Megan Ashley BrownY

Additional crew and production details[edit]

Film Crew/detail
Composer(s) Cinematographer Editor(s) Production companies Distributing company Running time
The Conjuring Joseph Bishara John R. Leonetti Kirk Morri New Line Cinema, The Safran Company, Evergreen Media Group Warner Bros. Pictures 112 minutes
Annabelle James Kniest Tom Elkins New Line Cinema, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Atomic Monster Productions, The Safran Company 99 minutes
The Conjuring 2 Don Burgess Kirk Morri 134 minutes
Annabelle: Creation Benjamin Wallfisch Maxime Alexandre Michel Aller 110 minutes
The Nun Abel Korzeniowski Michel Aller & Ken Blackwell New Line Cinema, Atomic Monster Productions, The Safran Company 97 minutes
The Curse of La Llorona Joseph Bishara Michael Burgess Peter Gvozdas New Line Cinema, Atomic Monster Productions, Emile Gladstone Productions 93 minutes
Annabelle Comes Home Kirk Morri New Line Cinema, Atomic Monster Productions, The Safran Company 106 minutes
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It Peter Gvozdas & Christian Wagner 112 minutes
The Nun 2 TBA TBA TBA TBA

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

The franchise has been notable for its profit, with The Conjuring and its follow-up having earned a combined profit of $260 million, according to Deadline,[97][98] while Annabelle managed to make 40 times its $6.5 million budget.[99] Film critic and box office expert Scott Mendelson of Forbes has called the franchise the "first successful post–Marvel cinematic universe".[100]

Film U.S. release date Box office gross Box office ranking Budget Ref.
North America Other territories Worldwide All time North America All time worldwide
The Conjuring July 19, 2013 $137,446,368 $182,959,874 $320,406,242 #430 #436 $20 million [101][102]
Annabelle October 3, 2014 $84,284,252 $173,305,469 $257,589,721 #902 #571 $6.5 million [101][99]
The Conjuring 2 June 10, 2016 $102,516,140 $219,318,211 $321,834,351 #697 #433 $40 million [101][103]
Annabelle: Creation August 11, 2017 $102,092,201 $204,423,683 $306,515,884 #703 #461 $15 million [101][104]
The Nun September 7, 2018 $117,481,222 $248,101,575 $365,582,797 #568 #344 $22 million [101][105]
The Curse of La Llorona April 19, 2019 $54,733,739 $68,400,000 $123,133,739 #1,546 #1,322 $9 million [101][106]
Annabelle Comes Home June 26, 2019 $74,152,591 $157,100,000 $231,252,591 #1,079 #667 $27 million [101][107]
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It June 4, 2021 $65,631,050 $140,770,430 $206,401,480 #1,280 #841 $39 million [101][108]
Total $738,337,563 $1,394,379,242 $2,132,716,805 $178.5 million

Critical and public response[edit]

Critical and public response to The Conjuring Universe films
Film Critical Public
Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
The Conjuring 86% (224 reviews)[109] 68 (35 reviews)[110] A−[111]
Annabelle 29% (135 reviews)[112] 37 (27 reviews)[113] B[111]
The Conjuring 2 80% (255 reviews)[114] 65 (38 reviews)[115] A−[111]
Annabelle: Creation 71% (192 reviews)[116] 62 (29 reviews)[117] B[111]
The Nun 24% (206 reviews)[118] 46 (32 reviews)[119] C[111]
The Curse of La Llorona 28% (187 reviews)[120] 41 (28 reviews)[121] B−[122]
Annabelle Comes Home 64% (207 reviews)[123] 53 (35 reviews)[124] B−[111]
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It 56% (244 reviews)[125] 53 (39 reviews)[126] B+[111]

Lawsuits[edit]

Norma Sutcliffe and Gerald Helfrich, previous owners of the house on which The Conjuring was based, have sued Wan, Warner Bros. and other producers in 2015 because their property was being constantly vandalized as a consequence of the film. Entertainment Weekly obtained documents in which the owners affirm various invasions and ratify that they have found numerous objects affiliated with satanic cults. The lawsuit also reveals that the previous owners bought the house in 1987 and lived "in peace" until 2013. Both owners had been seeking unspecified damages. When questioned, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. declined to comment on the issue.[127]

Gerald Brittle, author of a book about the Warrens called The Demonologist, filed a $900 million lawsuit on March 29, 2017, against Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, Wan and others, claiming that he had the exclusive rights to the Warrens' story and that it had been illegally stolen by the studios and producers.[128] The case was scheduled to go to trial on April 16, 2018, with a Warner Bros. spokesperson commenting: "We're pleased the Court significantly narrowed the case and look forward to addressing the remaining claims at summary judgment. Mr. Brittle's claims are not only without merit, but contradict Mr. Brittle's prior admissions in other failed lawsuits concerning The Conjuring movies".[129] However, on December 13, 2017, Warner Bros. settled the lawsuit, revealing that Tony DeRosa-Grund, the producer of the original film, was the "mastermind" behind the lawsuit, without Brittle ever having been involved.[130] A spokesperson commented: "New Line has contended all along that DeRosa-Grund was the mastermind behind the lawsuit, was controlling and directing the lawsuit, and had attempted to enter into secret side deals with Brittle". Brittle himself commented that "Mr. DeRosa-Grund has been controlling this litigation from the start. [...] Based on a review of text messages between Mr. DeRosa-Grund and my attorney, I understand that he even threatened my attorneys that if they sent information from me without him seeing it first they would be fired." Brittle went into further detail in the settlement. This follows repeated failed lawsuits by DeRosa-Grund to Warner Bros. for claims of owed millions of dollars from the franchise to the point where he was getting into trouble with the courts and settled with Warner Bros. to never sue them again for anything related to the franchise.[131][132][133]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Aarons portrays Valak in the form of a demonic Nun.
  2. ^ Botet portrays Valak in the form of an entity that embodies a children's poem, the Crooked Man.

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