The Conjuring Universe kicked off in 2013 with the release of The Conjuring. This universe also gave us spinoffs, prequels and sequels including Annabelle, The Conjuring 2, Annabelle: Creation, The Nun, The Curse Of La Llorona, Annabelle Comes Home, and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. The way the movies connect to each other is one of my favorite things about this universe, and the fact that they are horror films make me even happier. I love The Conjuring Universe. I wanted to rank the films in the franchise from my least to overall favorite. The rankings does not mean I didn’t like that specific movie, but there were some I enjoyed more than others. The rankings will be based on the storyline/plot, scares, the acting, and how great the connection of the films are. Keep on reading to see my rankings of the films in The Conjuring Universe.
8. The Curse Of La Llorona (2019)
Summary: In 1970s Los Angeles, the legendary ghost La Llorona is stalking the night — and the children. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother, a social worker and her own kids are drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. Their only hope of surviving La Llorona’s deadly wrath is a disillusioned priest who practices mysticism to keep evil at bay. (from Rotten Tomatoes)
My Thoughts: Director Michael Chaves has done interviews where he confirmed that The Curse Of La Llorona is not part of The Conjuring Universe and you can read the article here. I wasn’t sure if I should include this movie within the ranking because the only connection this movie has with the other Conjuring films is the brief flashback of Father Perez bringing Annabelle to the church. (The scene from 2014’s Annabelle) The legend of La Llorona is interesting and I thought this movie was pretty good at depicting the Latin folklore, there were some jump scares, and the acting was decent but this isn’t one of those movies I would watch regularly, and since this movie does not have a full connection to the universe it’s one of the main reasons that it is my least favorite film in The Conjuring Universe.
7. The Nun (2018)
Summary: When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together, they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun. (from Rotten Tomatoes)
My Thoughts: After seeing The Nun/the demon Valak in The Conjuring 2 I was excited that we were getting a movie on the demonic character. At 1hr 36 mins. the movie is pretty fast paced which I don’t see as a problem. The setting and the atmosphere being dark and gloomy at the abbey in Romania, gave the movie its haunting feel as well as the creepy church and choir music. We got some background on how the evil entity was summoned and why the demon is in the form of a nun because of it being at the abbey. I think seeing more of The Nun in the movie would’ve been great. The movie didn’t have me completely scared besides a few jump scares. My favorite part of this movie is how we saw the connection with The Warrens and The Conjuring film. This happens at the end of The Nun to the character Frenchie, when I saw this scene it made me excited. The Nun isn’t a bad movie and not one of my favorites in the The Conjuring Universe, but I think it’s worth a watch and the ending might be your favorite part like it is mine.
6. Annabelle (2014)
Summary: John Form (Ward Horton) thinks he’s found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia (Annabelle Wallis) : a vintage doll in a beautiful white dress. However, the couple’s delight doesn’t last long: One terrible night, devil worshippers invade their home and launch a violent attack against the couple. When the cultists try to summon a demon, they smear a bloody rune on the nursery wall and drip blood on Mia’s doll, thereby turning the former object of beauty into a conduit for ultimate evil. (from Rotten Tomatoes)
My Thoughts: We were introduced to Annabelle in The Conjuring, so after hearing about a movie being released about the doll, I was excited to watch it. Now when I first saw this movie in theaters I thought it was a bit underwhelming as far as what I’ve seen watching The Conjuring, but after watching the movies a few times I can appreciate the film and think it’s a good addition to the universe. The casting was pretty good. The scares were decent. Annabelle, the doll is creepy, but the demon is the scariest part of the movie. I also liked how we saw Annabelle Higgins as part of a satanic cult, that worshipped the devil which resulted in the cult members conjuring up a demon, who attached itself to the doll. It was also great seeing how the ending leads us into where we meet the nurses from the intro of The Conjuring. It may not be the strongest of the Annabelle films, but it is a decent fright worthy watch in The Conjuring Universe.
5. Annabelle: Creation (2017)
Summary: Former toy maker Sam Mullins and his wife, Esther, are happy to welcome a nun and six orphaned girls into their California farmhouse. Years earlier, the couple’s 7-year-old daughter Annabelle died in a tragic car accident. Terror soon strikes when one child sneaks into a forbidden room and finds a seemingly innocent doll that appears to have a life of its own. (from Rotten Tomatoes)
My Thoughts: Three years after the release of Annabelle, we have the second film in the trilogy. Annabelle: Creation is a prequel to the first Annabelle film. In this movie we see Annabelle the doll, who was made by a doll maker who after the death of their child the dollmaker and his wife wanting to see her again unknowingly welcome a demon and now some years later The Mullins opened their home to a Sister Charlotte and a few girls from an orphanage, and the evil is unleashed. Now this film is a huge step up from the previous Annabelle movie. Us getting this origin story on Annabelle was what we needed in this universe. The casting was great and I thought Talitha Bateman (Janice) gave a creepy and really good performance after she was possessed by the demon. I also thought the story was handled well. The movie is more frightening than the previous Annabelle film, and seeing that demon is always scary lol. Just like Annabelle (2014), I loved seeing the connection in this film to the 2014 film, where we see Annabelle Higgins, who joined a satanic cult and let’s not forget seeing some mention of The Nun in this movie as well as a brief post credits scene. Annabelle: Creation is one of my favorites from this universe.
Streaming On: HBO Max
4. Annabelle Comes Home (2019)
Summary: Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren lock the possessed doll in the artifacts room in their house. But when the doll awakens the room’s evil spirits, it soon becomes an unholy night of terror for the couple’s 10-year-old daughter, her friends and their young baby sitter. (from Rotten Tomatoes)
My Thoughts: Annabelle Comes Home takes place a year after the events of The Conjuring. More specifically when the Warrens take Annabelle from the two nurses, who we’ve seen in 2013’s The Conjuring. On a car ride home with Annabelle the Warrens see how dangerous Annabelle is. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are so perfect as the Warrens. I love their relationship and their love for each other. The younger cast also gave great performances and I loved their chemistry. The film takes place in the Warren’s house, and wow let’s just say we get to witness some scary things in there. I also loved how we were able to see demonic spirits we weren’t familiar with in the franchise. In this film, you understand why Annabelle was locked in a glass case, and how evil and powerful her presence is. Annabelle Comes Home is a great addition to the Conjuring Universe. This movie has the scares, great acting, it’s terrifying, fun, entertaining, creepy and haunting.
3. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)
Summary: “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” reveals a chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense. (from Rotten Tomatoes)
My Thoughts: The film doesn’t open up with another case that the Warrens worked like the two previous films have done, which isn’t a big deal, but it is something I enjoy seeing and look forward to. The movie begins with action and from there it continues at a steady pace. I loved The Exorcist homage in the beginning of the film, it gave me goosebumps. The Devil Made Me Do It is based on the case of Arne Johnson, who was under demonic possession when he killed his landlord and this goes to trial. While demonic possession plays a role in this film we also see that the occult plays a role too. While each Conjuring film may be about the Warrens cases, we also get a glimpse into their lives, and the love they have for each other is beautiful, and is the heart of the films. I always find it interesting when Lorraine uses her abilities which she uses in this film and it always proves to be insightful and helps. Even though James Wan did not direct this film, I still enjoyed it. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is suspenseful, dark, intense, and if you enjoyed the previous Conjuring films, you’ll enjoy this one.
Streaming On: HBO Max and in theaters
2. The Conjuring 2 (2016)
Summary: In 1977, paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren come out of a self-imposed sabbatical to travel to Enfield, a borough in north London. There, they meet Peggy Hodgson, an overwhelmed single mother of four who tells the couple that something evil is in her home. Ed and Lorraine believe her story when the youngest daughter starts to show signs of demonic possession. As the Warrens try to help the besieged girl, they become the next targets of the malicious spirit. (from Rotten Tomatoes)
My Thoughts: James Wan’s sequel to 2013’s The Conjuring is another horror hit. This time the film opens up with the Warrens investigating the Amityville murders. A year later, the Warrens hear about a family in England experiencing strange occurrences in their home and are sent there to investigate to see if it’s a hoax. Wan knows exactly what to do to keep the audience terrified when watching the movie, including but not limited to the camera work and creepy scenes. While this is a horror movie, just like the previous film it’s heart warming and touching when it comes to the Warrens and their loving relationship. The Conjuring 2 is terrifying, creepy, haunting, and an amazing sequel to the first film. This movie is definitely my second favorite from The Conjuring Universe.
Streaming On: Netflix, HBO Max
1. The Conjuring (2013)
Summary: In 1970, paranormal investigators and demonologists Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) Warren are summoned to the home of Carolyn (Lili Taylor) and Roger (Ron Livingston) Perron. The Perrons and their five daughters have recently moved into a secluded farmhouse, where a supernatural presence has made itself known. Though the manifestations are relatively benign at first, events soon escalate in horrifying fashion, especially after the Warrens discover the house’s macabre history. (from Rotten Tomatoes)
My Thoughts: This film is based on one of the cases that the Warrens investigated when the Perron family was being haunted by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Casting Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as Lorraine and Ed Warren was the perfect choice. Obviously I don’t know Ed and Lorraine Warren well, but I feel like I know them through Patrick’s and Vera’s portrayal of them. Those two have such amazing chemistry and it shows. The cast gave really great performances all around. James Wan does a fantastic job at creating this chilling and suspenseful atmosphere and tone by using gripping musical scores, different kinds of scares to frighten the audience which are all executed well, and the use of the cinematography. Wan does so many great things with this movie, and it’s exactly how a horror film should be. The Conjuring is haunting, terrifying, suspenseful and a must watch. It is one of my favorite horror movies and my favorite film from The Conjuring Universe.
Streaming On: Netflix, HBO Max
This wraps up my rankings on the films in The Conjuring Universe. Have you watched any of these ? If so which film is your favorite and which one is your least favorite ? As always thanks for reading, and see you next time.