James Wan-directed “The Conjuring” might not arrive as the most original horror flick. But its atmosphere, eye candy visuals, and concentration on suspense make it one of the freshest horror films in decades. Along with the likes of “It Follows,” “The Conjuring” has ushered in a horror renaissance. Like the golden age of 70s and 80s horror, there’s an onus on tension rather than gore. In a June 2017 announcement, “The Crooked Man” spinoff of “The Conjuring 2” was revealed.
Wan as a director and producer is no stranger to sequels. The popular 2010 thriller “Insidious,” spawned a string of follow ups. 2013 hit “The Conjuring” was graced with a sequel in 2016’s masterful “The Conjuring 2.” Additionally, 2014’s “Annabelle” came as a spinoff of “The Conjuring” with “Annabelle: Creation” slated for an August 2017 release date.
Now, “The Conjuring 2” gets the spinoff treatment with “The Crooked Man.” Earlier, another “The Conjuring 2” spinoff in 2018’s “The Nun” was announced. While film franchises such as “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Mummy” return with unneessary sequels and reboots, the slew of “The Conjuring” universe films feel decidedly organic. That’s arguably because of a focus on a different setting and cast of characters in the various franshise entries.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mike Van Waes is onboard as writer.
The Crooked Man originated in “The Conjuring 2” and is based upon the nursery rhyme: “There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile./He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile./He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse./And they all lived together in a little crooked house.”
Your turn: how do you feel about the upcoming “The Crooked Man” spinoff, as well as “Annabelle: Creation,” “The Nun?”