The first two installments in the Conjuring film series about were both extremely successful, both with fans and (much rarer in the horror genre) with critics. The franchise, which follows the case files of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, has spawned multiple spinoff series, including Anabelle, a series following the creepy doll the Warrens have in their parlor, and The Nun, a series focusing on the demonic nun spirit seen in The Conjuring 2. The point is, the main series is a massive success and The Conjuring 3 was inevitable.
Well, The Conjuring 3 has finally been confirmed, and, along with the confirmation, series producer Peter Safran strongly hinted it will be taking a bold new direction in comparison with its two predecessors.
“Clearly we can’t do another haunted house movie, right?” posed Safran when asked yesterday about what The Conjuring 3 has in store.
“We can’t do another supernatural possession in a house with a family in peril, right? So it’s got to be something different than that.”
Fans of the Conjuring films might remember last July, when series director James Wan used some very hairy examples to hint at where he would like The Conjuring 3 to go.
“Maybe we can go and do it like a classic American Werewolf in London style,” Wan told Cinema Blend. “That would be awesome! The Warrens set against the backdrop of The Hound of Baskerville.”
Note the two creature-iffic works Wan mentions. Also, note that American Werewolf in London is a film produced in 1981, and Wan confirmed in the same interview that he wanted his film to be set in the 80s as well.
“Conjuring 1 and 2 are both set in the 70s, I think Conjuring 3 has got to be set in the 80s,” he hinted.
According to Historic Mysteries, it was in 1989 that Ed and Lorraine Warren took on a case called “The Southend Werewolf” in which an English man named Bill Ramsey was supposedly possessed by a demonic force that caused him to occasionally act like a werewolf, complete with the bits involving biting people and possessing superhuman strength. Bill began experiencing these fits in earnest in 1983.
The clues, including the statement given yesterday by Safran, all point to The Conjuring 3 moving away from the haunted house angle and towards the werewolf possession angle.
As Wan noted, there are only a finite amount of plot threads they could have chosen to tackle for the third Conjuring entry, because the series is about a real-life paranormal investigator duo who only took a certain amount of cases.
Even last summer, Wan told reporters that he had already decided on one case to profile with The Conjuring 3 but would not reveal what it was. The evidence, however, strongly indicates that we will be seeing the Southend Werewolf come to cinema screens.
And honestly, how cool would that be?
The first Conjuring film focused on a haunting that occurred in a Rhode Island household in 1970, and The Conjuring 2 is based on paranormal activity that dogged a family living in Enfield, a suburb of London, in 1977. Both were great stories that lent themselves well to the screen, but they both followed the path of a traditional demonic possession-exorcism film in terms of the types of spooky activity displayed.
The Conjuring 3 being about a fully-grown bachelor who is possessed by the spirit of a werewolf would be a breath of fresh air. Not only would it distance itself from other conjuring films by not focusing on a traditional haunted house/ghostly possession tale, but the nature of the case could really open it up to taking the movie’s plot anywhere.
“There are a lot of places to go, and there’s a fair bit of material there,” said Safran in the recent interview.
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