‘The Conjuring’s Crooked Man Spinoff Proves Its Burgeoning Cinematic Universe

Remember the Crooked Man, the very creepy secondary antagonist from The Conjuring 2? Well, word on the street is he is getting his own spinoff film, just like The Conjuring inspired flicks about Annabelle from the first film and the nun from The Conjuring 2. More interesting still is the studio’s reasoning for yet another spinoff, and what it means about future Conjuring movies.

As the Inquisitr noted just yesterday, James Wan and the rest of the folks behind the Conjuring films and their spinoffs have only recently decided to turn the successful films into something the modern-day cinema scene definitely wants: a dedicated horror-themed cinematic universe. To do this, they are mining the two Conjuring films for spinoff ideas and going from there. You can be sure that this will also be the case with The Conjuring 3, a film that the Inquisitr said in another report is more than likely to be about a possessed werewolf.

Behind Annabelle the possessed Gothic doll and Valak the demonic nun, the Crooked Man from the core franchise’s second entry is probably the most popular image from the movies. It is for this reason, reports Arrow In the Head, that Wan wants to make it into the next Conjuring spinoff property.

Peter Safran, one of the franchise producers who frequently works alongside James Wan, says that Wan loves the Crooked Man so much because he “loves crazy-feeling creatures,” and the Crooked Man is indeed “crazy-feeling.” In fact, many casual fans of the Conjuring series criticize the Crooked Man because they think he is CG and they argue that violates the series’ realistic feel. He is not CG, though, Safran says; the wardrobe and the creepy actor they chose to play him were just that other-worldly.

“I think there’s something fascinating in the Crooked Man,” Safran reflected. “Maybe tonally he’s not as grounded as the Conjuring itself is and maybe that’s why some people felt it wasn’t what they were looking for in the Conjuring but I suspect a movie with him would be really really cool.”

“I love the character, just things like the transformation from the dog into the Crooked Man and the way he walked.”

Take a look for yourself at the scene Safran is referring to, plus an earlier scene featuring The Crooked Man, in the clip below.


The Crooked Man adds to The Conjuring 2‘s creepy atmosphere, but Safran admitted that he and James Wan had actually put The Crooked Man in The Conjuring 2 with the intention of sinning him off into his own set of films. Of course, they could not have been sure that viewers would respond well enough to him to justify that spinoff, and they were pleased when most of them did.

“The Crooked Man was one of the ones were contemplating spinning off and when we tested the movie it was the most polarizing character. It had the most people who loved it and the most people who hated it, but it [mostly] was, people loved it,” Safran observed.

“It tends to be the genre fans that like it the most and the casual fans that like it the least. But I think there’s a movie there. The more we hear from guys like yourselves that it is intriguing the more likely it is. And we just have to figure out how you position it.”

Peter Safran (left) and James Wan (right) with Chief Executive Officer of Warner Bros. Kevin Tsujihara (middle). [Image by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images]

The Crooked Man movie will mark the fourth series of horror films to join The Conjuring‘s cinematic universe, which still needs a catchy name — the comments section below is open to suggestions.

What other Conjuring elements will wee see get their own spinoffs? Let us know what you want to see in the comments section.

[Featured Image by Warner Bros.]

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