This is a spoiler free version review of the universe, given there are a lot of movies to watch.
THE CONJURING – 10/10
Love this. I can’t fault it in any way. The characters were good. Totally relatable. Well established bonds. I feel it stands out. It’s a great set up for the franchise. Even more after Joey King talked about her experiences on set and mystery health issues that appeared and then disappeared after wrapping.
THE CONJURING 2 – 8/10
This one is pretty good. Solid plot. Nods to other stories, shame they never came about. Lots of jump scares which you want with a horror. Characters are likeable enough. Some sweet scenes, especially Ed playing and singing Elvis, Top tier. I applaud the creativity of James Wan putting the name Valak in the background of scenes in The Warren’s house.
THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT – 8/10
There’s a lot of hate for this movie and after seeing a documentary about the true story, I’m very conflicted. The first time I watched it, I really didn’t enjoy it much at all. I watched it again recently when it was added to Netflix and actually changed my mind. It was interesting for sure, only issue I have is how much is fictionalised.
ANNABELLE – 4/10
This is by far the weakest movie in the Annabelle franchise. It wasn’t interesting. For a movie named after the doll, she barely even appeared in the movie at all. Kind of pointless. It feels like it was just a rip off of other movies and completely unoriginal. The characters of The Form’s aren’t real life people. The story was fiction. The “true story” is not even that interesting.
ANNABELLE: CREATION – 7/10
This one was actually much better than the first. It actually added to the story. This one should have came first. It would have made more sense this way. If you erase the first movie and make this one the first, it would have succeeded more. I know the story is still fiction but it is good fiction.
ANNABELLE COMES HOME – 8/10
This was by far the best. It was dramatic and intense. It connected a lot to The Conjuring. Having Ed & Lorraine in it, that made the story much better in general as they actually have character development unlike other characters.
THE NUN – 4/10
This movie was so boring and really didn’t add much to the franchise at all. The Nun only played a part in one of the movies and not really that major of a part. There was no need for a spin off. Not many people cared enough for Valak to have a spin off. Another work of pure fiction. They should have saved their money. I only give this a 4 as Taissa Farmiga is awesome.
THE NUN 2 – 2/10
There really wasn’t any need for this movie when the first one wasn’t even good or scary. They’re trying to make this a franchise of its own and it’s not working at all. I turned this movie off as I got that bored. It was really slow. The opening wasn’t bad but then it went slow paced.
Likely this universe will be expanding since The Conjuring 4 is or has been filmed. No other details yet. However, like other horror franchises now doing TV series, there will be one coming. If others are anything to go by, it will either hit or miss. If wrote by the ones who wrote the main franchise, it will be a hit.