Anna-HELL breaks loose in this continuation of the Conjuring franchise. Find out everything you need to know…
Annabelle Comes Home, available to buy on the Virgin Media Store or rent on Virgin Movies from Monday 18 November. Cert 15
She’s not back from college, or from holiday, or even a trip to the corner shop. Instead, Annabelle’s returning to what she does best – scaring people. Annabelle Comes Home begins after the prologue of The Conjuring, where we were first introduced to the titular demon-possessed doll.
Paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson, Fargo) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel) take Annabelle from nurses Debbie and Camilla, who have been terrorised by the doll. When they return home, they plonk her in a sacred glass case in their artefact room, where they store and lock away haunted paraphernalia from previous cases. Some couples collect souvenirs, some collect spirits…
When Ed and Lorraine go away, Daniela – the uninvited friend of the couple’s babysitter Mary Ellen – explores the artefact room... and in doing so, leaves the doll’s case unlocked.
“Annabelle basically activates all the other haunted artefacts in that room,” says co-producer and creator James Wan, describing the film as “Night At The Museum with Annabelle!” So it’s up to the girls to rid the house of the recently released malevolent forces.
Want to know more? Read on for our freaky facts about Annabelle Comes Home.
It takes place in the early 70s
In terms of where the film fits into the wider Conjuring universe, the events occur after the first Conjuring film (set in 1971) and before The Conjuring 2 (set in 1976-1977). This is the third movie in the Annabelle film series (following 2014’s Annabelle and 2017’s Annabelle: Creation) and the seventh in the Conjuring universe.
Ed and Lorraine Warren were real paranormal investigators
The Warrens were so busy worrying about Annabelle, they failed to notice the possessed pumpkin...
The Warrens are known for working on the Amityville haunting, which inspired several films (starting with The Amityville Horror in 1979), and at the home depicted in 2009’s The Haunting In Connecticut. The Conjuring is based on another of the Warrens’ cases from the 70s, where an 18th-century farmhouse in Rhode Island was said to be possessed by spirits.
Ed died in 2006, but Lorraine acted as a consultant on The Conjuring in 2013 and even made a cameo in the film. Annabelle Comes Home was dedicated to Lorraine, who passed away two months before the film was released this year. She was also good friends with Farmiga, who, following the news, tweeted that she “was so blessed to have known her and am honoured to portray her. She lived her life in grace and cheerfulness”.
And Annabelle is a very real doll
Don’t be fooled, Annabelle knows how to think outside of the box...
While the film depicts Annabelle as a porcelain doll, the real-life version is a Raggedy Ann doll. The story goes that she was given to a student nurse called Donna as a birthday gift from her mother in 1970. According to the accounts, the doll began to move and wreak havoc. She’s also supposedly responsible for injuring one man and killing another.
Annabelle is housed at the Warrens’ Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut in the Warrens’ own home. Just like in the film, she’s kept in a case with a message that says: “Warning. Positively do not open.” There’s also a devil tarot card attached to the front.
Mckenna Grace plays Judy Warren
Sterling Jerins (Divorce) played Judy in the first two Conjuring films, but because she had outgrown the role for this movie, Mckenna Grace took on the part. The real-life Judy has said her parents told her to never acknowledge Annabelle and to never look in her eyes… To this day, she never has.
The Conjuring franchise is more successful than The Matrix trilogy!
The Matrix trilogy’s combined box-office earnings totalled about £1.3 billion, making it the world’s most profitable R-rated franchise. Annabelle Comes Home only needed to reach approximately £50 million worldwide for The Conjuring series to break even with the sci-fi films – and it far surpassed that, raking in almost £178 million.
But wait, there’s more!
The Virgin Media Store’s The Conjuring Universe sale features the rest of the films in the franchise so you can get caught up to speed with that confusing timeline! Scares abound with The Nun, The Conjuring, Annabelle: Creation and more, each of which is available for less until Sunday 10 November!
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