Get used to #TheConjuring universe, because the spinoff projects stemming from the 2013 horror film just keep coming. In addition to previous announcement confirming a spinoff movie for the demonic nun Valak, #TheNun, we now have confirmation that Warner Bros. has greenlit a spinoff for The Crooked Man, another side character from the Conjuring sequel.
The terrifying character, based off an English nursery rhyme, seemed to make audiences sweat just as much as Valak did, and that seems to be enough reason for the studio to push forward a separate project. But is this becoming overkill?
Do We Really Need Another Spinoff From 'The Conjuring'?
Don't get me wrong, I've really enjoyed the Conjuring movies we've seen so far. The Conjuring was easily one of the best horror movies in many years, and its sequel was also quite solid.
However, I didn't think the first Conjuring spinoff — for the Annabelle doll — was overly terrifying. Despite the 29 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it did well enough to push forward #AnnabelleCreation, which hits theaters on August 11, 2017, making it the fourth Conjuring-related film to be released. Although the nun Valak was rather terrifying in The Conjuring 2, there are a lot of horror fans speculating whether or not the character will shine on her own — even with The Conjuring mastermind #JamesWan involved.
Now that The Crooked Man has been confirmed to be getting a solo project, it leaves you to wonder whether more spinoff films past The Nun are even warranted. Not only that, but you can't help but think maybe this universe is getting too crowded with side characters and their own backstories.
Is 'The Conjuring' Universe Getting Too Crowded?
In addition to both Conjuring films and now two Annabelle films, The Nun (starring #TaissaFarmiga) will be released on July 13, 2018. Producer Peter Safran has insisted that the Conjuring spin-off films will be taking place in chronological order, so it can only be assumed that The Crooked Man project will be treated the same way.
Despite the films being in chronological order, The Crooked Man will mark the sixth Conjuring-related project since 2013. Warner Bros. also supposedly has a third installment of The Conjuring in the works with James Wan and Peter Safran, so the potential for overcrowding is becoming a concern for me.
We have seen several #horror franchises go too far with sequels and spin-offs in the past, so I would hate such a well-done concept go downhill just because the Warren cases have become such cash grabs. It seems at this point that Warner Bros. is just banking on the now-recognizable theme song and the creepy dream/possession sequence they've been able to scare audiences with in The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2.
James Wan achieved massive success with the Saw franchise back in 2004, so it's somewhat of a given that he might want to repeat the annual success that Saw enjoyed until Saw 3D: The Final Chapter hit in 2010. We even have the return of Saw this October, so it is still possible that The Conjuring could become the next big horror franchise.
With that said, I can see why Warner Bros. wants to continue on with the spin-offs. They have a creative leader with extensive franchise experience who knows how to scare audiences and build tension. However, I am still concerned that they are simply trying to force too much in such a small amount of time.
In one sense, you want to strike while the iron is still hot, but can The Conjuring realistically release a movie (or two) every year? That is really the question we need to ask ourselves before we continue to cheer on Warner Bros. for bringing us spinoff after spinoff.
Are you excited for The Crooked Man to become a solo project? Let us know in the comments!