In whatever order, the movies of The spell, as a whole universe, they are the most solid in terms of terror, because we are not only facing a saga of horror films such as those of Halloween or those of SawInstead, they present us with different stories that connect to each other to continue a great plot with different characters and demons. Know here the chronology of the Conjuring.
And it is that the universe of the spell his effort is partly thanks to a single person: James Wan, who has recognized the potential of certain characters that have appeared throughout five films, including the doll Anabelle and now The nun.
The Conjuring movies, in order from worst to best
8. The curse of La Llorona (Dir. Michael Chaves, 2018)
Without a doubt it has been the entry into the films of the universe of The Conjuring that is perceived more forced. Not only is he taking on a legend unrelated to everything the Warrens had faced in major productions, but the way the script takes La Llorona from Mexico to Los Angeles is incongruous to say the least. It might go unnoticed as an entry in The Conjuring, but it’s just a scene in the form of flashback the one that connects La Curse de la Llorona with the Warrens… and it’s not even exciting.
7. Annabelle (Dir. John R. Leonetti, 2014)
A film that simply delivered when it came to expanding the story of the possessed doll. A reduction in the budget is especially perceived unlike the James Wan films, and not that this is a negative aspect – there we have the case of Anabelle 2 or even other low-budget Wan films like Insidious -, but that it does not achieve Nor does it generate enough suspense even with such an iconic character as the cursed doll.
6. The nun (Dir. Corin hardy, 2018)
Another character who stole one of the Conjuring movies. Here we have an approach to the origins of the character that dedicates much of its exposure to the figure of the nuns, but that quickly gets lost among a couple of stories that cry out to be considered for new spin-offs. Despite this, the locations offer an immersion in the worthy story and the performances – albeit with dialogues that are sometimes laughable – defend the film.
5. The Conjuring 3: The devil made me do it (Dir. Michael Chaves, 2021)
It is curious how Annabelle was the first production to reach the trilogy level while the main franchise took longer, perhaps seeking to have more detail in the case that the Warrens would solve. For this occasion it is the first time that James Wan is not in the director’s chair and the change is noticeable but at the same time the story required a different vision. However, and in the case of the Warrens, the execution of the film remains half where, except for the interpretation of Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, we would be facing a horror movie more of the lot.
4. Annabelle: Coming Home (Dir. Gary Dauberman, 2019)
The third entry in the history of the peculiar doll kept in the Warren’s display case. The film achieves a combination seldom exploited in horror films in recent years where on the one hand we find the gloomy setting of The Conjuring, while on the other hand we are in the field of pop terror characteristic of 80s cinema in where teenagers must deal, in this case, with an evil entity while the adults are away from home. Annabelle: Coming home It is the most entertaining option without taking yourself too seriously. And it is a plus to see Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson.
3. Annabelle, creation (Dir. David F. Sandberg, 2017)
The director of Lights Out rescues a sequel that seemed lost and did not generate any interest. Here we go much more to the past of the doll and we are in front of some orphan girls who are taken to a large house where a couple lives who have just gone through a terrible accident that involved the loss of their daughter. The, again, low budget unlike the Conjuring movies, is well used here and we have terrifying sequences that are even in broad daylight, something difficult to achieve in the genre. Stephanie Sigman achieves a solid performance as Sister Charlotte.
2. The spell 2 (Dir. James wan, 2016)
Much more spectacular than its predecessor, James Wan offers a chapter that covers more action and settings for the Warrens. The confrontation with evil itself is undoubtedly terrifying and at the same time the director takes the liberty of making Lorraine suffer much more than in the first part. Nor can we forget that Wan still has the luxury of interrupting the action that has been developing to show the solid romance and complicity that exists between the Warrens by having a Patrick Wilson singing Elvis Presley in a scene that is rarely seen in the genre cinema.
1. The spell (Dir. James wan, 2013)
James Wan had already demonstrated his style and approach to the genre with The Puppet, Insidious and of course the first part of Saw, which inaugurated a cinematographic saga based on a low-budget film. With El Conjuro his budget was much higher and he ended up showing that he can make a genre film, tell a terrifying story and at the same time maintain an author’s voice. There is never in The Conjuring a scare that feels gratuitous or only appears to please the audience, but each moment is perfectly constructed to handle a tension until its last minutes, where we even fear that Annabelle doll could do something.
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