The Nurse short film

Warner Bros.’ The Conjuring Cinematic Universe grew larger this month with the release of director David F. Sandberg‘s spin-off prequel Annabelle: CreationSandberg got his start making a short film called Lights Out that he then went on to adapt as a feature. Recently, he and Warner Bros. created a similar opportunity for up-and-coming filmmakers to get their names out there by holding a short film contest for stories that would fit well into the world of The Conjuring films.

The United States winner has been announced (other countries’ winners will be announced soon), and it’s a short called The Nurse from director Julian Terry. Check it out below.
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/Answers: Our Favorite Horror Movie Jump Scares

Annabelle Creation Review

Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. Tying in with the upcoming release of Annabelle: Creation, this week’s edition asks “What is your favorite horror movie jump scare?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team. Read More »

the conjuring 2 spoiler review 6

The Conjuring is one of the best horror movies of the 21st century so far and The Conjuring 2 is one of the best horror sequels ever made, so the news that The Conjuring 3 is officially in the works at Warner Bros. is music to my ears. But there’s a catch: James Wan will most likely not return to the director’s seat.

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Annabelle Creation Trailer

Because everything needs to be explained to death nowadays, we’re getting Annabelle: Creation, the origin story of the possessed doll that made its debut in The Conjuring before getting its own spin-off in 2014.

Continuing to expand the mythology of the supernatural, paranormal activity investigated by Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) Warren, Annabelle: Creation shows us how this creepy doll came to be possessed by some kind of evil spirit, tricking a couple grief stricken by the loss of their daughter to transfer a demon into the old fashioned toy. In an attempt to pay for their mistake, they shelter a group of orphan girls, one of who becomes the next target for Annabelle.

Watch the new Annabelle Creation trailer after the jump. Read More »

the crooked man

While Universal struggles to get their “Dark Universe” of monster characters off the ground, Warner Bros. and director/producer James Wan have been quietly building a horror movie universe based around creatures and concepts introduced in The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2. A fourth spin-off movie, titled The Crooked Man and based on the creepy villain from the second movie, is now in the works.

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Annabelle Creation Trailer

Even though The Conjuring spin-off Annabelle showed us one of the earlier supernatural frights created by the doll that eventually ends up in the hands of paranormal investigators and demonologists Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) Warren, we still don’t know much about where the creepy toy came from. But we’ll find out late this summer.

Annabelle: Creation will take us back even further into the history of the possessed doll with Lights Out director David F. Sandberg bringing us the origin story of how this doll became evil and who it terrorized first.

Watch the Annabelle Creation trailer below. Read More »

the conjuring 2 spoiler review 5

Few horror movies have instantly won my heart quite like James Wan‘s The Conjuring and last year’s follow-up is one of the best horror sequels ever made. Much like how the first movie inspired a spin-off in the form of Annabelle, The Conjuring 2 is getting its own spin-off with The Nun, which will further explore the terrifying demonic presence that paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren battled during their trip to London.

Now, we know who’s going to direct The Nun – relative newcomer Corin Hardy.

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James Wan Leaving Aquaman

We had a one-on-one interview with MacGyver pilot director and executive producer James Wan and showrunner Peter Lenkov before their Television Critics Association panel. In the time between the interview and panel, news broke that the villain of Wan’s Aquaman movie would be Black Manta. After the panel, I asked Wan about choosing Black Manta for the villain.

“I want to know where Wrap got that piece of news from,” Wan laughed. “Come on, I can’t talk about this.”   Read More »

Jurassic World - Bryce Dallas Howard

Have you heard? Sequels haven’t been doing so hot this year. And yet there’s no end to them in sight. After the jump:

  • How is Jurassic World 2 protecting its secrets?
  • James Wan says The Conjuring 3 will be set in the 1980s.
  • Yes, Winona Ryder still wants a Beetlejuice sequel.
  • Iron Sky 3 is happening thanks to China.
  • Rumored details emerge about Transformers: The Last Knight.
  • Independence Day: Resurgence puts out a Las Vegas tourism ad.

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conjuring 2 spin-off

The Conjuring 2 is one of the best horror sequels ever made, which is a brazen statement that I backed up with a couple thousand words earlier this week. It’s not quite as good as The Conjuring, but that film is one of the best horror movies of the millennium so far and the sequel is just a fantastic time at the movies. We can all live with that.

And while the sequel deliberately echoed certain beats of the first film on screen, it’s now echoing it in reality. Much like how The Conjuring inspired a spin-off for Annabelle the possessed doll, The Conjuring 2 has inspired The Nun, which will center around the demonic and blasphemous presence Ed and Lorraine Warren combat in their new movie.

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