The film set up the spin-off Annabelle films after the doll is introduced in the film’s prologue as a previous case of the Warrens when she was owned by two nursing students, before ending up in the Warrens’ artefact room of haunted objects.
Writing about the latest film in the series, Annabelle Comes Home, NME described it as “scary as hell”, adding: “This one will give you a major case of The Creeps. Annabelle Comes Home introduces a raft of terrifying new characters to the Conjuring universe.
“Without wanting to spoil anything, we’ll just say that you’ll be seeing the Ferryman and the Bride, in particular, in your nightmares – if not in future Conjuring films. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.”
Say what you will about the legitimacy of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the real-life characters behind The Conjuring series, but they remain a treasure trove of stories. Since the original film, we’ve revisited their paranormal world several times, with the recent Annabelle Comes Home set within their house. It seems that the Warrens weren’t effective enough, though, as the Rhode Island farmhouse from the first Conjuring movie is apparently still haunted.
According to current owner Cory Heinzen, there’ve been multiple incidents since his family moved into the house last month:
“We had doors opening, footsteps and knocks. I’ve had a hard time staying there by myself. I don’t have the feeling of anything evil, (but) it’s very busy. You can tell there’s a lot of things going on in the house.”
The house was built in the 1700s, while the Warren investigation took place in the 1970s when the Perron family were troubled by ghosts. Cory Heinzen was all too pleased, however, to set up there, saying: