Comic Movies released the last decade by Disney following the purpose of creating Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. A unique viewing experiences that is making each movie, part of a bigger picture. Warner Bros has done the same to a smaller extent with the DC Comics characters and we are witnessing the story unfolding. James Wan, responsible for the Saw series and Insidious did the same with Conjuring after it became a massive success in the theaters. It is lesser known among the public that such a series even exists and I thought it is time to introduce all movies of the Conjuring Universe.
Seven movies have been almost released and three are on the line to be soon announced on when they will be released. The number of movies making up this Universe can be intimidating at first, but its nowhere the 20 plus movies you have to watch if it were for Marvel’s Movies. You may fear that you have to watch all the movies to make some sense out of them, but it isn’t a necessity. I started with Conjuring myself without knowing the connection to the Anabelle movies at first and it didn’t hinder the horror to take its place.
At first, I’ll have to tell you, that you can view the movies in the timeline they got released by the studio. This may not be the perfect chronological order, but it does make sense in the regard that you have to view the movies without knowing the whole backstory. Personally, I like this trait in a series, when I have to put piece by piece together until I reach to a conclusion myself. Of course the last piece usually explains a lot and in this case, the movie that creates the most aha moments is “The Nun”. So, in the event you want to see the series by release date, which I recommend, here is the list:
- The Conjuring (2013)
- Anabelle (2014)
- The Conjuring 2 (2016)
- Anabelle Creation (2017)
- The Nun (2018)
- The Curse of La Llorona (2019)
- Anabelle Comes Home (2019)
- The Conjuring 3 (2020)
- The Crooked Man (to be decided – TBD)
- The Nun 2 (TBD)
Then there is the option to view the whole Conjuring Universe in its respective right chronological order. I will list the year when the movies take place and reveal some spoilers on the way. This is the point which will explain why things are happening and if you don’t want to find out from a post, you should stop reading and just concentrate on the dates. Then you could view the movies in the above-suggested release order and come back later on, to put away any holes you may have. All you need to do is, bookmark this page.
This movie takes place in Romania at the Cârța Monastery, beginning with Valak the demonic nun. Valak is a demon from hell summoned by a dark priest. This demonic present is age-old getting back to the dark ages before anything existed and in mythology, Valak is referred to as “The Grand President of Hell”. Like Thanos, for the Marvel Universe, Valak is here the big evil and this is the story of how he emerged from his ground. The Nun will show you who’s responsible for summoning not only Valak into the world, but demons in general. This is a major piece of the series, which will make it clearer to you why things are happening.
As the title says, this is the sequel which explains how Annabelle became the evil doll we know. The story begins in 1943 by introducing us to the Mullins who has a daughter Bee (Annabelle). Samuel Mullins is a doll maker. After their daughter gets hit by a car and dies, the Mullins get tricked by a demon, to put Annabelle’s soul into a doll Samuel Mullins made. It wasn’t Annabelle’s soul that possesses the doll, but the evil itself. From the moment the Mullins find out, they lock out the doll in a save place. Twelve years later, in 1955 the Mullins open up their home to a group of orphan kids and a nun who looks out for the kids. Sister Charlotte had spent some time at the Carta Monastery and even had a photo with Valak on it, without her knowing. The doll achieves to escape her prison and in the end takes possess of Janice, one of the orphan kids. Janice ends up in another institution and takes the identity of Annabelle, where after a while she gets adopted by Pete and Sharon Higgins in Southern California.
Twelve years have passed in silence since Annabelle made her first appearance. A young married couple in Santa Monica is the unlucky pair which will deal with her again. John Form gifts his pregnant wife Mia the porcelain Annabelle doll, without knowing the background of hers. Soon disturbing things, happen around them, starting with the death of Form neighbors, Pete and Sharon Higgins. This was the same couple which adopted Janice/Annabelle and it seems Janice joined a murderous cult and sacrificed her parents by killing them. Then Janice will enter the Forms home and transfer her evil soul back to the doll, by killing herself. The Forms will seek help and assistance in Father Perez, a pastor who has experience with occult things. After they achieve to deny Annabelle getting Mia’s soul the doll disappears mysteriously and appears later on at an antique shop where she is brought by an older woman who gifts the doll to Debbie, a young student.
That’s the year we meet the Warrens. A couple consisted of a demonologist and a medium, which takes on paranormal events. Even though Loraine and Ed Warren are featured in small footage in the Nun and Annabelle, this is the first time we can see them in live action. In the Prolog, they are introduced by the nursing Debbie to the doll Annabelle. She tells them, that the doll is possessed by a demon and hands out to them the doll for safekeeping. They take the doll to Connecticut to add her to their museum of occult things. Then they take on a case to help the Perron family to get rid of some ghosts in their house. They have succeeded in exorcising the demon Bathsheba and shortly after are tasked for another case in Amityville. Yeah, that famous house. This was the first film of the series, so you will not see many hints in this one or even mention to Valak.
The Curse of La Llorona
With a brief prologue taking us back to 1673 and explaining us the origins of La Llorona, the movie is set in 1973 in Los Angeles. We will also see father Perez to reappear and sharing his experience battling an evil Annabelle doll. Father Perez would like to give the case of Garcia’s family to the Warren’s which cannot accept due to being needed elsewhere. So, father, Perez turns to Rafael Olvera. The series becomes another ally in Olvera making them three by now (Olvera, Perez and the Warrens).
The Conjuring 2
The prologue of Conjuring 2 handles for a short time about the Amityville house where Loraine Warren meets for the first time with Valak during a séance. Then the movie focuses in 1977 in the United Kingdom, where the Hodgson family is attacked by the ghost of Bill Wilkins, the residence’s former tenant. Wilkins doesn’t act on his own but is possessed by Valak who uses him for his purposes. Also, the Crooked Man will appear for its first time, who later on will become a separate sequel. Ed Warren will try to protect the youngest kid of the Hodgson’s and after he achieves it, the possessed zoetrope toy will be added to the Warrens’ haunted antique collection. Before that, Loraine will face her biggest challenge and in the end, beat Valak by telling his name. This seems to be the point of the story where Valak gets fully defeated making place for another evil in the Conjuring series. This probably means Annabelle 3 will be set after the Warrens put Annabelle to their antique collection, so after 1971, but I will need to see how far after. The good thing it will not take long for Annabelle 3 to be released.
Upcoming and still to be added in this timeline:
Annabelle: Coming Home
Let me know your thoughts. The timeline could in future be more complex with overlapping events. I will try to update it accordingly with the new information in place.