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Every Movie in the Conjuring Universe Ranked

Since the release of “The Conjuring” in 2013, the series has expanded beyond the tales of the Warrens with a spin-off trilogy for cursed doll Annabelle, as well as The Nun and The Curse of La Llorona

Ritika Kispotta - Sun, 06 Jun 2021 13:40:28 +0100 827 Views
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This weekend brings a gift to all fans of The Conjuring Universe — namely, the release of the third film, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. In the days leading up to the film’s release, it’s time to sit back, relax (or maybe not, since we’re talking a batch of some truly horrifying films), and rewatch the films that precede this upcoming chapter. But The Conjuring Universe follows a bizarre, out-of-order timeline.


The latest installment follows paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren (Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson) diving into one of the most sensational cases of their careers. A young man is accused of murder, but he’s got a thrilling defense: he was under the spell of demonic possession. Everything starts to get a little eerie and satanic, but Lorraine and Ed are on the case.


Kick off the first week of June with a horror movie marathon — here’s a list of all the Conjuring Universe movies ranked:

 

8. The Curse of La Llorona (2019)

Set in 1973, we catch up with Father Perez (Tony Amendola) from Annabelle as he chats to Anna Garcia (Linda Cardellini) about the time he battled an evil doll. That's about the only Conjuring connection though. Its connection to the rest of the “Conjuring” saga is glancing, with a cameo from Amendola’s Perez (and a flashback-y glimpse of Annabelle). Screenwriters Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis (“Five Feet Apart”) approach horror as if only newcomers to the genre will watch the movie. It’s frustratingly simple, the dialogue over-explains everything and while there are a few solid moments of suspense, there’s too much dead air in-between.


This is the sixth movie of The Conjuring universe, and the lowest-rated among the eight movies, on IMDb. It stands at a rating of 5.3/10, with 41,000 votes. It is a standalone movie of The Conjuring film franchise, and its plot has no connection to that of other films. The film is written by The Conjuring director James Wan, Gary Dauberman, and Emile Gladstone.

 

7. The Nun

The Nun is set in 1952 and, thankfully, stays there for the majority of its running time as Catholic priest Father Burke (Demián Bichir) and nun in training Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga) investigate the suicide of a nun at a convent in Romania, unaware it's linked to the demon Valak.


However, then, the very final scene of the movie skips ahead to 1971 and a scene we saw in The Conjuring as it's revealed that Frenchie (Jonas Bloquet) is Maurice Theriault.
He's the person we saw being exorcised by the Warrens in The Conjuring, so if you wanted to watch the whole series chronologically, you'd have to stop The Nun here and watch this scene at the same time it occurs in The Conjuring.


According to google 82% of the audience liked the movie yet most of the critics gave it the lowest score as compares to other Conjuring Universe movies. “Sadly, this fifth chapter in The Conjuring franchise is, despite a temptingly promising locale/premise, nowhere near as scary, inspired, or coherent as its predecessors.” said one of the critics.

 

6. Annabelle

One thing The Conjuring series loves is Annabelle the doll, that porcelain-faced monstrosity that has a bad habit of ruining people’s lives. The doll was the first thing we saw in the original Conjuring film, and giving Annabelle her standalone entry seems like a no-brainer. But Annabelle ends up being a bust – a cheap-looking riff on Rosemary’s Baby that lacks common sense and fails to advance the Conjuring universe in any meaningful way. The handsomely-staged and well-acted prequel to The Conjuring again sets the stage, establishes its characters, and then offers almost nothing of substance or entertainment value while we wait for the characters to meet their seemingly inevitable supernatural fate. Annabelle Wallis stars as a young mother who ends up in possession of the titular possessed doll, and that’s pretty much it. The majority of the film is confined to a single sparse apartment, and solid acting by a game cast can only move the ball so far.


Annabelle served as a prequel to the first film of the franchise, The Conjuring, which has an IMDb rating of 5.4/10, with over 144,000 votes. The second film of the universe, Annabelle also began its film trilogy in the franchise. Annabelle was also written by Gary Dauberman.

 

5. Annabelle Creation

Samuel and Elle embed their daughter's spirit into a doll, only to realize it is a demon. Years later, they open their home to a nun and six orphan girls, one of whom finds the doll. “Annabelle: Creation” does offer several shocking moments, and manages to deliver some truly eerie imagery. Even when you can spot the gimmicks from a mile away, “Annabelle: Creation” hits the horror notes it’s aiming for.
 
 
The prequel to Annabelle, and the second installment of the Annabelle trilogy, this film stands at an IMDb rating of 6.5/10, with over 116,000 votes, however, 86% of the audience liked the movie.  There’s a nicely sustained sense of menace throughout, some of the jump scares are effective as hell, and it all ties into the rest of the franchise.

 

4. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

On one hand, the third "Conjuring" tries too hard to break out of the haunted-house mold with a detective thriller featuring the Warrens seeking evidence to help Arne Johnson (Ruairi O'Connor) after he murdered his landlord while possessed by a spirit. But there are enough frightful moments (including the evilest waterbed of all time) and "Devil" intriguingly explores the heavy cost on the Warrens' physical and mental wellbeing as heroes in this supernatural space.


The third part of the Conjuring trilogy released recently has gotten its earliest reviews. The Conjuring 3 IMDb rating, as of now, is 7/10, with about 2,900 votes and 94% of Google users liked the film. This is the first film of The Conjuring trilogy, which is not directed by James Wan, however, he is one of the writers of the film. You can read my full review of this movie @ https://moviesr.net/p-the-conjuring-the-devil-made-me-do-it-movie-review

 

3. Annabelle Comes Home

This one stars Mckenna Grace as Judy Warren (played by Sterling Jerins in the Conjuring films) and concerns her two babysitters (Madison Iseman and Katie Sarife) who accidentally unlock Annabelle and turn the Warren house into a marathon of potential Conjuring Universe spin-offs. It’s not the heaviest, darkest, or most violent chapter in The Conjuring Universe, but it may be the most fun. It anchors terror in relatable human behavior and sympathetic desires. Judy is scared of inheriting her mother’s psychic abilities, while Sarife’s Daniela wants to communicate with her late father. The film ends with a surprisingly moving and empathetic epilogue that highlights the core Veggie Tales-Christianity appeal which makes Conjuring more than just a religious horror series.


This film serves as a sequel to Annabelle, and also the final part of its trilogy. It is written by Gary Dauberman and James Wan and directed by Gary Dauberman. Annabelle Comes Home has an IMDb rating of 5.9/10, with 61,000 votes.

 

2. The Conjuring

This crowd-pleasing, visually scrumptious, and richly detailed period-piece haunted house chiller provides equal amounts of scares and drama. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga take center stage as the most pronounced horror franchise heroes since Neve Campbell in Scream. The 112-minute feature takes its time setting up a large nuclear family (headed by Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor) who would be perfectly happy if not for the supernatural menace. James Wan’s period piece emphasizes the notion of the walls closing in on the Perrons while miraculously ending in a somewhat unconventional (for a religious horror flick) fashion. Intentionally or not, Atomic Robot learned the best lesson of the MCU, waiting until audiences had thrilled to The Conjuring before promising more where that came from.


The first film of the universe, that began the successful film franchise, is the highest-rated of the lot on IMDb. It has a rating of 7.5/10, with over 453,000 votes. The Conjuring, written by Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes, and directed by James Wan, is also considered to be one of the best horror films ever made, by the audiences and cinephiles.

 

1. The Conjuring 2

It’s a little amazing to watch The Conjuring 2 and see how firmly James Wan already has the formula for these things locked down and perfected after only one other film in the series. Here, Ed and Lorraine Warren go to the U.K. to help a family with a haunted house, and while that story essentially makes this kind of a retread of the first movie, it’s still damn effective. This film also furthers the concept that Ed and Lorraine are just crazy in love with each other, and not even demons from hell can get in the way of that. Wan stages some truly great horror set-pieces here – the moment where a painting of the Nun essentially comes to life and attacks Lorraine is dynamite, and a sequence featuring a spindly creep known as the Crooked Man is so much fun that I’m shocked the character hasn’t gotten his spin-off movie yet.


The third film of the franchise, The Conjuring 2 has an IMDb rating of 7.3/10, with over 233,000 votes. The film is written by Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes, James Wan, and David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, and is directed by James Wan.

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