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The Conjuring Universe movies - ranked

Yahoo Movies UK

It’s the most successful horror franchise of the modern-era – with five instalments, each as blockbusting as the last – despite the wildly varying degrees of quality.

It seems no matter how bad (or good) Warner Brothers’ horror shared universe gets, people are going to keep going to see them. Annabelle grossed over $257 million against its $6.5 million production budget, for Valak’s sake.

But, just in case you do care about quality, we’ve decided to rank them in order of worst to best.

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‘Annabelle’ (2014)

Annadull, more like. Easily the worst installment in the Conjuring series – by quite a distance – Annabelle doesn’t just feel bad, it feels incompetent. Still, the fast turnaround (Annabelle was released just one year after The Conjuring) probably explains a lot.

‘The Conjuring 2’ (2016)

This too-long sequel is a surreal watch for UK audiences; we’ve never seen council houses the size of mansion before. Add in too much mythology building (The Crooked Man seems like an afterthought) and a random singing scene, and this is the worst from the main series. Too many spooks spoiled the broth.

‘The Nun’ (2018)

This fun Hammer horror pastiche puts a trainee nun, a priest and a French-Canadian love interest in a haunted church and uses it as an excuse to string a bunch of jump-scares together. The characters might be a bit flat, but some beautiful imagery, and striking religious iconography compensates. And at 90-minutes – crucially – it doesn’t outstay its welcome.

‘Annabelle: Creation’ (2017)

So much better than it had any right to be, Annabelle: Creation took everything that was wrong with the original – boring characters, no plot, predictable scares – and created a genuinely compelling prequel from the broken doll parts.

The Conjuring (2013)

Could it have been anything else? The original and blatantly the best Conjuring movie, if this one hadn’t been as good as it was we wouldn’t have had any of the sequels and spin-offs. Great world-building, characters and scares – it deserves a round of applause (led by a ghost on a creepy wardrobe).


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