The immensely successful “Conjuring” universe, which has grossed over $2 billion, is set to expand further with the release of “The Nun II” this Friday. Taissa Farmiga will reprise her eerie role as Sister Irene in this new installment.
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The original “Nun” film, which followed Sister Irene as she confronted the possessed demon nun Valek in 1952 Romania, made its debut in 2018 and achieved a worldwide box office revenue of $366 million, making it the highest-grossing film in the “Conjuring” franchise to date.
If you’re planning to binge-watch the entire “Conjuring” series before diving into the latest installment, you can find all the films in the franchise available on various streaming platforms. Additionally, you can enjoy the complete “Conjuring” series for free by signing up for a free trial of Prime Video’s Max add-on, which you can access by signing up for a trial here.
It’s worth noting that the “Conjuring” films were not released in chronological order. To watch the horror series in chronological sequence, begin with “The Nun” set in 1950s Romania and conclude your marathon binge with “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It,” released in 2021.
Here’s a guide to where and in what order to watch all the “Conjuring” films in preparation for “The Nun II” this weekend.
The Nun (2018)
Cast: Taissa Farmiga, Bonnie Aarons, Demián Bichir, Jonas Bloquet
Synopsis: In this spine-tingling prequel, Bichir and Farmiga join forces, portraying a priest and a novitiate dispatched by the Vatican. Their mission is to probe the enigmatic demise of a young nun in a secluded Romanian village who tragically takes her own life. As they delve further into the ominous mysteries surrounding the convent, they come face to face with malevolent entities and an unholy presence embodied by a nun (reprised by Aarons from “Conjuring 2”).
Variety review: Utilizing nearly every classic technique from the Hammer Horror playbook, without concern for narrative coherence, the film offers a dependable 96 minutes filled with customary jump scares and supernatural chills. It effectively keeps the franchise in the forefront of moviegoers’ thoughts and generates effortless revenue as we anticipate the arrival of the next authentic installment.
Annabelle: Creation (2017)
Cast: Anthona LaPaglia, Samara Lee, Miranda Otto, Brad Greenquist
Synopsis: The fourth entry in the “Conjuring” Universe, “Annabelle Creation,” unfolds in 1955 California, just a few years following the events of “The Nun.” The film delves into the backstory of one of the franchise’s most iconic characters, the titular Annabelle, a malevolent doll initially introduced in “The Conjuring.”
Variety review: “Despite being stuck with a lame script, ‘Lights Out’ director David F. Sandberg manages to conjure some effective scares in New Line’s demon-doll prequel.”
Cast: Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard, Tony Amendola
Synopsis: In “Annabelle,” John Form is convinced that he has found the perfect present for his expecting wife, Mia: an enchanting vintage doll adorned in a graceful white gown. Yet, their happiness takes a dark twist when their residence is infiltrated by a malevolent cult one ominous night. These cultists subject the couple to a savage attack and endeavor to conjure a demonic entity. In the process, they desecrate the nursery by etching a bloody rune on the wall and besmearing Mia’s doll with their own blood, thereby transmuting the once lovely doll into a conduit for unimaginable malevolence.
Variety review: “The scares are cheap but periodically effective in ‘Annabelle,’ a cut-rate spinoff from James Wan’s superlative haunted-house hit ‘The Conjuring’ that (partly) makes up in crude shock effects what it lacks in craft, atmosphere and just about every other department.”
The Conjuring (2013)
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lily Taylor
Synopsis: The inaugural installment of what would evolve into a beloved cult franchise, “The Conjuring” from 2013, features Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson in the roles of investigators summoned to the Perron family’s residence. Their arrival comes in response to the unsettling presence of a supernatural force that has become manifest.
Variety review: “The mere sound of two hands clapping will have audiences begging for mercy in “The Conjuring,” a sensationally entertaining old-school freakout and one of the smartest, most viscerally effective thrillers in recent memory.”
Annabelle Comes Home (2019)
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman
Synopsis: In their unwavering determination to confine the malevolent sway of Annabelle, paranormal authorities Ed and Lorraine Warren confine the possessed doll within the chamber housing their collection of cursed artifacts at home. Yet, this choice unintentionally awakens malevolent spirits inhabiting the room, leading to a night of indescribable terror for their 10-year-old daughter, her friend, and their babysitter.
Variety review: “Annabelle, the devil doll who is not possessed (got it?), presides over a hyper grab bag of a haunted-house thriller that fails to conjure much fear.”
The Curse of La Llorona
Cast: Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez, Marisol Ramirez
Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of 1970s Los Angeles, the notorious apparition known as La Llorona lurks in the city’s shadows, preying on unsuspecting children. Ignoring the ominous warnings of a distraught mother, a social worker and her own children find themselves ensnared in a bone-chilling supernatural realm. Their only hope for surviving La Llorona’s dangerous retribution rests in the hands of a disillusioned priest well-versed in mystical arts and unwaveringly committed to repelling malevolent entities.
Variety Review: “An efficiently formulaic shocker inspired by the centuries-old Mexican legend of the titular bogeywoman.”
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe, Frances O’Connor
Synopsis: Farmiga and Wilson return as Lorraine and Ed Warren, emerging from a self-imposed hiatus to journey to Enfield, a district in north London. Their purpose is to assist Peggy Hodgson, an overwhelmed single mother of four who confides in the couple about a malevolent presence in her home. As the youngest daughter begins exhibiting signs of demonic possession, the Warrens strive to aid the tormented girl, unwittingly making themselves the next victims of the sinister spirit.
Variety review: “’The Conjuring 2′ makes it easy to revel, because Wan has a gift that most slam-bang horror directors today do not: a sense of the audience — of their rhythm and pulse, of how to manipulate a moment so that he’s practically controlling your breathing.”
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ruari O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook
Synopsis: The eighth installment in the franchise aligns with the eighth film to watch when following a chronological order. In the 2021 release, Ed and Lorraine Warren confront one of the most sensational cases of their illustrious careers when a police officer discovers a disoriented and bloodied young man wandering along the road. Accused of murder, the suspect asserts demonic possession as his alibi, thrusting the Warrens into a paranormal investigation of unprecedented proportions, unlike anything they have encountered before.
Variety review: “’The Devil Made Me Do It’ is less scary than its predecessors, but what I found unintentionally funny is that as the identity of the perpetrator comes to the fore, the culprit is showcased exactly as if she were… another demon!”