When we think about a good horror movie that can send shivers down the spine, we find ourselves looking at the list of Conjuring movies. The Conjuring franchise is well known for having a confusing timeline. The prequels and sequels have viewers weaving through time to tell the haunting stories of Ed and Lorraine Warren. The two most recent additions to the franchise are Annabelle Comes Home and Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. But how far exactly are both the movies? Well, let me explain to you Annabelle Comes Home & The Conjuring 3 Timeline.
How Far Apart Are Annabelle Comes Home & Conjuring 3?
Let’s begin with Annabelle Comes Home. It was not only released before Conjuring 3 but is also before in time when I speak of the in-universe timeline. Annabelle Comes Home takes place in 1972, just four years after the Warrens bring Annabelle into their home. Moreover, it is only one year after the events of the first Conjuring movie. At that time, their daughter Judy is 10 years old, and the Warrens are at the peak of their career.
Now speaking of the Conjuring 3 timeline, the movie has jumped into 1981. That is a total of five years after the events of The Conjuring 2 and 9 years after the events of Annabelle Comes Home. The movie has included just the right elements to explain the time jump. Judy is now 19 and attending college, and their age is starting to catch up with the Warrens. Ed struggles with his health throughout the movie. As this is the first movie to be set in the 80s, it is the most modern of them all.
Annabelle Comes Home & Conjuring 3 Basic Plot Explained
The Conjuring 3 follows the Warrens as they get involved in the exorcism of an 8-year-old David Glatzel. After the exorcism, the possession is shifted to David’s sister boyfriend, Arne Johnson. After he is charged with murdering his landlord, the Warrens are called in to tackle the Arne Johnson case. This is the first known case attempted to use demonic possession as a defense to prove innocence. The movie also showed more of Lorraine’s power as she was able to make stronger connections unlike before.
Annabelle Comes Home is the third installment in the Annabelle story and the seventh film in the franchise. The movie tells the next chapter of Annabelle the doll. She now lives in the Warrens’ infamous Artifacts Room. In there, Annabelle begins to dispel chaos as she influences the dangerous spirits and artifacts from the Warrens’ other cases. This is the classic case of Annabelle and her chaotic behavior.
Changes To The Original Timeline
Most of the timeline, when it comes to the franchise is true. But yes, it is not true entirely. In reality, Warrens’ daughter Judy was actually 21 when she first saw Annabelle. But in the franchise, she was shown as a 10-yr old kid. The reason for this change in the franchise could be unclear. Maybe it is done because they want to keep the franchise alive and want to have Judy’s presence in the coming projects.
So practically speaking, Judy would be 31 at the time of the Conjuring 3 timeline. Moreover, David Glatzel was actually 11 years old at the time of the exorcism, and not 8 as shown in the movie. But do not let this question their credibility. The Warrens, in fact, took on these infamous cases. They did bring the real Annabelle home who was really a Raggedy Ann doll in 1968. Moreover, they really did perform an exorcism on David Glatzel in 1981. The Warrens also helped in the Arne Johnson case a few months later. Now, the story has shifted into the 80s with the Conjuring 3 timeline.
Directed by Michael Chaves, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It stars Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, and Julian Hilliard.
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