A-Z of the Conjuring Universe

To mark the release of The Nun – the spine-chilling fifth chapter in The Conjuring universe – here’s everything you need to know about this phenomenally successful horror franchise. In handy A to Z format!


A is for Annabelle

The four Conjuring movies to date – The Conjuring (2013), Annabelle (2014), The Conjuring 2 (2016) and Annabelle: Creation (2017) – are all inspired by the case files of real-life demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga in the series). Over the course of their hair-raising – and unusual – careers, these paranormal investigators allegedly encountered all sorts of things that went bump in the night including a haunted doll named Annabelle.

 

B is for Bonnie Aarons

Aka Valak the demon nun, antagonist in The Conjuring 2 and also the upcoming The Nun (potentially anyway...). The American actress, whose career spans three decades, won the role of the really evil spirit after auditioning for an “untitled James Wan film”.

 

C is for The Crooked Man

Another monster from The Conjuring 2, this nightmarish creature is  soon to be the subject of his own Conjuring spin-off. Expect to see The Crooked Man in cinemas in 2020.

 

D is for Demián Bichir

The 55-year-old Mexican actor plays Father Burke in The Nun, a secretive man of the cloth who is sent to investigate a mysterious suicide at an abbey in Romania. 

 

E is for Enfield Poltergeist

The frightening subject of The Conjuring 2 and one of the most famous hauntings in history. This malign entity, who is alleged to have terrorised a family in a council house in Enfield, London, between 1977 and 1979, has been the inspiration for countless films, documentaries and books.

 

F is for Final Vows

Sister Irene, protagonist of The Nun, is about to take her Final Vows when she receives a call from the Vatican asking her to travel to Romania.

 

G is for Ghostbusters (the real ones)

Ed and Lorraine Warren, real-life ghostbusters, founders of the New England Society for Psychic Research, the Warrens have been privy (if that’s the right word) to some of history’s most famous – and terrifying – hauntings.


H is for Hardy

As in Corin Hardy, director of The Nun. The British filmmaker has form when it comes to the horror genre, he helmed 2015’s intensely creepy folktale The Hallow.

I is for Interview

In an interview with Empire Magazine, director Corin Hardy revealed that when he first read The Nun script it reminded him of several movies including The Exorcist.

J is for James Wan

In a nutshell, Wan is The Conjuring franchise, nothing gets the go-ahead without his say. He’s a big name outside the franchise too, directing Saw, Insidious and Furious 7.

K is for Killer Reviews

The Conjuring movies have all been incredibly well received. The audience loved them and also critics found these horror more appealing than usual.

L is for the Lycanthropy

The potential subject matter of the third The Conjuring movie, according to likely director – and series overseer – James Wan.

M is for Museum

The Warren Occult Museum to be exact. This real-life place is situated in the basement of Ed and Lorraine Warren’s home in Connecticut, and houses the many oddities the investigators have collected.

N is for Novitiate

The trainee nun at the centre of The Conjuring’s terrifying fifth chapter. It’s her apparent suicide that leads Father Burke and Sister Irene to a cloistered abbey in Transylvania to investigate.

O is for One Billion PLUS

The amount of money the four Conjuring movies to date have made at the global box office.

P is for Pastiche

One thing the Conjuring movies definitely are not. They’re all played bone-chillingly straight, which means there’s absolutely no relief. So, does The Nun continue this trend?

Q is for Quality

Despite low production budgets, the franchise isn’t short on quality. In fact, from sought-after directors to academy award-nominated stars to gong-guzzling special effects, these movies are positively oozing with class.   

R is for Romania

The setting for the latest instalment in the Conjuring universe, touted to be the “darkest chapter yet”.

S is for Sensational Scares

A horror movie is only as good as its scares and The Conjuring universe is absolutely bursting with them. From the Hide and Clap scene in the original film, to the “she’s behind you” fake-out in The Nun, this franchise has, quite simply, perfected terror.


V is for Vatican

Also known as the Holy See, the Vatican is the governing body for the Catholic Church. In The Nun, this ecclesiastical jurisdiction sanctions the investigation into the death of a young nun in Romania, suspecting something sinister...

W is for Warner Bros.

The film company behind the Conjuring film series, in association with New Line Cinema, The Safran Company and Atomic Monster Productions.

X is for "X" Times

This is the number of times you'll probably jump...we counted around 10 at least,  and we consider ourselves brave! We went to a secret location to investigate the mysterious death of The Nun at the Abbey...Check our video here - but don't watch it alone!

T is for Taissa Farmiga  

Younger sister of Vera (who plays Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2) and star of The Nun – she plays the trainee,  Sister Irene. Taissa is no stranger to the horror genre, having starred in three of the seven series of American Horror Story to date.

 

U is for Unmasked

We know that Bonnie Aarons (see B) is playing the demon nun Valak in the newest chapter of the Conjuring saga – but is she actually the Nun of the title, or it there something else?

Y is for Yesteryear

Every film in The Conjuring series so far, as well as the upcoming The Nun, is set in times gone by. And you what? That somehow only adds to the spookiness, as there are no mobile phones to call for help!

Z is for Zero

The chances of you walking away from The Nun without being very afraid. She’s coming for you!

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