Warning: SPOILERS ahead for The Curse of La Llorona
Another new installment of The Conjuring universe is out in theaters, but how exactly does The Curse of La Llorona connect to the larger horror franchise? We're here to break down the crossover elements and where The Curse of La Llorona falls in the overall canon of The Conjuring series.
When New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. released The Conjuring in 2013, they had no idea just how big it would become. The James Wan directed film is viewed as one of the modern classics of the genre and received great critical praise upon its release. This translated to the box office too, where The Conjuring grossed $319 million worldwide on just a $20M budget. The studios capitalized on this runaway success, and The Conjuring was turned into an entire cinematic universe full of demons and other paranormal instances.
Prequel/spinoff movie Annabelle marked the first expansion of the universe in 2014, while the main Conjuring franchise received a sequel with The Conjuring 2 in 2016. From this point on, Warner Bros. has not had a year without a new installment of the franchise in theaters. The Conjuring 2 was followed by Annabelle: Creation, a prequel film to the original and larger universe, and The Nun, a prequel/spinoff film that takes place the furthest in the past and used to expand upon the demonic Valek the Nun that appeared in Conjuring 2. There's another installment this year with Annabelle Comes Home, but now we know that it isn't the only Conjuring movie of 2019.
- This Page: Father Perez Ties La Llorona To Annabelle
- Page 2: La Llorona's Other Annabelle Cameo & Future
Yes, The Curse of La Llorona Is In The Conjuring Universe
If you have only paid attention to The Curse of La Llorona's marketing campaign, then you may be surprised to learn that the film is connected to The Conjuring's expansive world. The film did not tease any connections to a larger universe in the marketing and was believed to be just a regular, standalone supernatural thriller. This was proven to not be the case when the film first screened at SSXW earlier this year and reactions to the film confirmed that The Curse of La Llorona is connected to the previous Conjuring movies.
The architects of the entire Conjuring franchise, James Wan and Gary Dauberman, were previously attached as producers on the movie, which should've been a major giveaway that such a reveal was coming. That said, it is unclear if The Curse of La Llorona was always envisioned to be a part of the larger franchise. It was originally titled The Children, and the connecting points between this movie and the bigger universe are relatively small, meaning they could've been worked into the film at the last minute. But what are these connections?
Father Perez Was In The First Annabelle Movie
One of the major connections that The Curse of La Llorona makes to the Conjuring franchise is having Tony Armendola reprise his role as Father Perez. He first appeared in Annabelle, making this his second appearance in the franchise. In Annabelle, Perez is contacted by John and Mia Form - played by Ward Horton and Annabelle Wallis respectively - and asked for his help after the spirit that possesses the Annabelle doll attacks their family. Perez is the one who explains the connection between the demon and Annabelle to the family. He attempts to help them by taking Annabelle to a church, but is attacked by the demon before he can get inside and winds up in the hospital.
These events all happened in 1967, but Perez is now healthy and continuing to serve as a pastor in 1973. He once again is used as an advisor during the supernatural events that Anna Tate-Garcia (Linda Cardellini) and her family face. Anna asks him if he knows anything about La Llorona, and he explains the supposed legend to her. But, he refuses to get involved with another supernatural activity and directs Anna and her family to an ex-priest who may be of service.
- The Conjuring 3 (2020) release date: Sep 11, 2020
- Annabelle Comes Home (2019) release date: Jun 26, 2019