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Katie Sarife Joins Latest ‘Annabelle’ Film

Deadline is reporting that Katie Sarife has been added to New Line’s upcoming Annabelle film. Sarife will play the role of Judy Warren’s cousin and babysitter. The actress joins the previously announced Madison Iseman and McKenna Grace filling out the lead roles.

Annabelle marks the sixth title in the franchise as the story centers on the Annabelle doll wreaking havoc in the Warren’s Artifacts Room. The film is written and directed by Gary Dauberman.

This has been a big week for the Conjuring Universe as yesterday we relayed the news about Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson appearing in Annabelle 3. read more

Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson to Appear in Third ‘Annabelle’ Film

Fans of The Conjuring Universe prepare to celebrate. Deadline is reporting that Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will reprise their roles of Ed and Lorraine Warren in the forthcoming Annabelle film.

The latest edition of Annabelle is said to be set inside the Warren’s home and focus on their daughter, Judy. The demonic doll doesn’t take kindly to being kept inside of glass and uses all of its power to stalk Judy and her babysitter.

Mckenna Grace (The Haunting of Hill House, The Bad Seed, Amityville: The Awakening) has signed on to play the role of Judy Warren. The film is written by Gary Dauberman with James Wan and Peter Safran co-producing. read more

Mezco Toyz Displays Massive Collection of Upcoming Horror Toys at New York Comic Con

Horror News Network was on site at Day One of the 2018 New York Comic Con to bring you the hottest horror toys on display at the show! This year, Mezco Toyz’s booth was jam packed with tons of incredible properties in a variety of different formats. Featuring 12″ figures, puppets, dolls, and even jack in the boxes, nearly every popular horror franchise was represented, including Halloween, Friday the 13th, Ghostbusters, Evil Dead 2, Dawn of the Dead, The Warriors, A Clockwork Orange, Kong: Skull Island, Living Dead Dolls, It, The Nun, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Annabelle, The Exorcist, Chucky, Beetlejuice, Trick ‘r Treat, and Hellraiser, there was literally something for everyone! You can check out all of our photos from the event below: read more

New Video Explores ‘The Conjuring’ Universe Timeline and Where ‘The Nun’ Fits In

Have you ever wondered when each film takes place in The Conjuring film universe?  If so, Warner Brothers Pictures has provided all the information you need in the new featurette designed to promote the latest entry in the franchise, The Nun.

It appears that the Nun takes place in 1952, almost twenty years before the events that occurred in the original The Conjuring film and the later prequels involving Annabelle.

The runaway promotion train has been building for months for The Nun, with all the gimmicks that would make William Castle proud including a video telling viewers to watch all the way to the end (with no pay-off other than the date of release) and a recently banned youtube video that scared the pants off of a few concerned citizens.  There is no truth to the rumor that theaters will be offering every audience member a life insurance policy just in case they die of fright watching The Nun, but there are a few weeks left before the film hits theaters. read more

‘Annabelle: Creation’ Sequel Coming in July 2019

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that “Gary Dauberman, the writer behind the Annabelle movies, will make his directorial debut with an untitled Annabelle project, the newest installment of New Line’s horror franchise based on a devil doll from The Conjuring cinematic universe.”

As with the all of The Conjuring films, it will once again be produced by James Wan’s Atomic Monster and the Peter Safran Co.

John R. Leonetti directed the original Annabelle and David F. Sandberg directed the prequel, Annabelle: Creation.  The new Annabelle installment is is currently scheduled for a release on July 3, 2019. read more

‘Ghost Adventures’ Specials Feature Ghosts of Civil War and Annabelle this October

The Ghost Adventures team are bringing a host of Halloween horrors to fans this October, as they embark for the first time on a Four-Part “ghosts of the Civil War” Special (starting on October 7th at 9:00 p.m. on the Travel Channel) and they are also bringing back their traditional Halloween investigation special featuring the arrival of the world famous Annabelle doll to Zac Bagan’s Haunted Museum (which airs on October 28th at 9:00 p.m.).

According to the official press release, the four part special will feature trips to “…haunted Vicksburg, Mississippi, exploring the lasting impact the Civil War’s Siege of Vicksburg has had on the city. The team searches for paranormal evidence during lockdown investigations in McRaven Mansion, considered to be the most haunted building in the South; an antique doll museum said to contain dolls that come alive; an abandoned hospital; and the site of the Battle of Champion Hill.” read more

‘Annabelle: Creation’: The Horror News Network Review

The first Annabelle film, a spin-off from the critically and financially successful The Conjuring, is an interesting case study.  Like its source material, the first Annabelle film raked in the dough, with $84 million domestically and an unbelievable $257 million worldwide (I guess creepy dolls is the second international language).  Unlike the Conjuring however, the film took a beating on Rotten Tomatoes (finishing up with a score of 29%) and while fans showed up in droves initially, the audience quickly tailed off in the States, and the negative buzz did not bode well for a sequel to the film. In spite of this, Annabelle: Creation is a surprisingly entertaining film that has much more in common with first Conjuring film than its predecessor or last year’s sequel to the Conjuring. read more

“The Conjuring 3” Gets a Writer; also Brings Back James Wan

As reported by Deadline, New Line Cinema has hired David Leslie Johnson to write the third installment of the hugely popular Conjuring series. Also reportedly back is James Wan, who directed the first two films. James is expected to leave the directing to someone else this time around and will just be a producer.

David Leslie Johnson should be no stranger to horror fans as he co-wrote The Conjuring 2 and also wrote 2009’s Orphan and a few episodes of a little-known show called The Walking Dead. Wan and Johnson just finished working together on the upcoming DC Comics film Aquaman which Wan is directing and Johnson was brought in to help re-write. read more

Conjuring Two Spin-Off The Crooked Man is Coming Soon

Warner Brothers/New Line shows no sign of slowing down when it comes to spinning off horror movies from their successful Conjuring franchise.

Next up: the slender, I mean Crooked Man!

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news today stating that “Mike Van Waes has been hired to pen the script from a story by James Wan, who serves as the chief architect of the Conjuring universe.” Van Waes has been on a winning streak of late and is “…reuniting with New Line, which previously scooped up his pitch for an original horror film set in the world of The Wizard of Oz. Van Waes has been on a roll when it comes to selling pitches and scripts over the past 15 months: His Black List spec Hammerspace is at Warner Bros., and he sold a book proposal called Peeves to Harper Collins, which was picked up by Fox Animation through Temple Hill.” read more

Corin Hardy Slated to Direct The Conjuring 2 Spinoff, The Nun

The Wrap has reported that Corin Hardy will be directing New Line’s The Nun, based on the character first seen in James Wan’s The Conjuring 2. Hardy is best known for 2015’s critically acclaimed British-Irish horror film, The Hallow. Not bad for a creature that wasn’t added to the film until the 11th hour!

If Anabelle is any indicator, The Nun promises to be another very lucrative spinoff of The Conjuring franchise. Despite it’s obvious drop in quality from the source film, Annabelle earned nearly $258 million on a budget of just $6.5 million. The film did particularly well with international audiences, soaking up 67.2% of its box office overseas without ever even opening in China. read more