Everything You Need to know about The Conjuring Universe before, "Annabelle Comes Home," is Released
Updated: Jun 15, 2019
The Next chapter in New Line Cinema's Conjuring Universe is inching closer and closer! The film has been pushed up to be released on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, with preview screenings on June 25th! Now that we are less than a month from then, here are some of the details on the movie, how it connects to the previous installments.
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The Plot: Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked artifacts room in their home, placing her "safely" behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest's holy blessing. But an unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on a new target-the Warrens' ten-year-old daughter, Judy, and her friends. James Wan has continuously said that it was pitched as a horror movie version of Night at The Museum.
Behind the camera: Gary Dauberman wrote and directed the film. Dauberman is a rising star in the horror movie landscape. He wrote the previous two Annabelle films, The Nun, lT, IT Chapter 2, and DC Universe's Swamp Thing. It is Dauberman's directorial debut.
James Wan continues to produce and carries a story by credit for every film in the franchise so far. He doesn't direct them anymore, but he is very much involved. Peter Safran also continues to produce, he has been the producer since they began making these films. Derek Burgess is in charge of cinematography this time. He did the same for The Curse of La Llorona and will do it for The Conjuring 3. Jennifer Spence did the production design for Annabelle: Creation, Lights Out, Shazam!, and The Nun among other movies. And that's all I care to focus on. Lots of carryovers from previous Conjuring Universe movies and other New Line Cinema productions. Oh and the score. Joseph Bishara is the man behind the music this time around. He previously composed the score for The Conjuring and it's sequel, as well as Annabelle.
The Cast: A fun cast with a lot of talent. McKenna Grace leads as Judy Warren. Madison Iseman plays her trusted babysitter. Katie Sarife plays the baby sitter's friend. The one that is responsible for releasing Annabelle, who releases other spirits and entities, in the trailer. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as Ed and Lorraine Warren respectively. They are prominent in the trailer, but I feel like they're role will be minimal. Steve Coulter returns as Father Gordon, who appeared in both Conjuring movies. We see Samara Lee in the trailer. She plays Bee. Bee first appeared in Annabelle: Creation. Her full first name is, you guessed it, Annabelle. She is the daughter of the dollmaker that designed the Annabelle doll. She died after being hit by a car. Her grief stricken parents wanted her back, only to be tricked into letting a demon inhabit the doll. That demon, Ram, looks to be using Bee's form once again. For old times sake!
The Entities: In case you didn't realize already, The Annabelle doll will be the main antagonist. It is puppeted by a powerful demon, Ram. I'm willing to bet we see that horribly, scary black demon form in this flick. We have seen several, so far, unexplained items moving about the Artifact Room, as well as some other mostly human looking spirits in the first trailer. One of the best shots from that trailer is of some sort of entity that I call coin face. The official name, according to marketing material for the film, is, "The Ferryman." It's looks like a scarecrow in a way and has coins for eyes. Maybe some sort of God or reaper that was part of some occult rituals. We see some corpses in the same shot in the trailer with coins on their eyes. There is a character named, Father Michael Morrissey, played by Gary-7. I'm not sure, but that looks to be the cause of our first jumpscare in the initial trailer. A priest's ghost? What kind of priest was he to be running around the Warren's house in his afterlife? One of the Warren’s more notable cases involved a man they claimed to be possessed. The demon was manifesting itself as a werewolf, somehow. On the first official poster that WB released, there is a werewolf in the upper right side of the image. We see the wind up monkey toy, that the reporter near the beginning of The Conjuring almost touches, bear its teeth. I don't have any confirmation, but I am pretty damn sure that Bathsheba, The Crooked Man, and The Nun will each possibly he majorly referenced, or even have cameos. The Crooked Man seems to fit the kind of vibe this movie might have. Bathsheba makes more sense because she tries to kill Judy in The Conjuring, so connections. Although this is before that in the timeline. We'll see. This movie will definitely be the nexus for a lot more spin-off movies. At least, ideas for them. Much like The Nun and maybe The Crooked Man from The Conjuring 2, the filmmakers and studio will see what ideas stand on their own two legs after being introduced here.
The Timeline/Setting: Timeline. The movies, in chronological order, so far are: The Nun, Annabelle: Creation (1955), Annabelle (1969), Annabelle Comes Home (1971), The Conjuring (1971), The Curse of La Llorona (1973), and the Conjuring 2 (1977.) This film will mostly take place in the Warren’s home in Monroe, Connecticut. The trailer shows the Warrens out and about and the cast list on imdb points to at least one scene at Judy’s school. The events of this film, according to writer-director Gary Daubermann, occur pretty much concurrently with the events of The Conjuring. He said that it starts shortly after they bring the doll home the investigation at the beginning of that movie. I wonder exactly what year that means though. As far as I am aware, it has never been established when that investigation took place. We don’t see it in real time, it is a lecture that the Warrens are giving, its video footage basically. So, I’ll say that this one takes place in 1971, but I think it is before the activity kicks up at The Perron’s house. It would be cool if we saw a cameo from them or this movie ties in such as The Nun did to the The Conjuring. With the ending leading right directly back into it, basically… You know. I am not sure how they would be able to work it into the ending, maybe a post credit scene, but reshoot the scene in The Conjuring in which Bathsheba almost hits Judy with the chair.
That about wraps this post up! Thank you for reading, check out the video/listen to the audio on YouTube or almost anywhere you get your podcasts! You can preorder tickets for the movie as of writing this, so get them while they're hot! While you're in the mood for everything Annabelle related, check out an episode I did a while back on how I imagined this movie's plot: