Of course, the real horror of The Conjuring franchise isn’t the jump scares or the frightening demonic creatures, but the fact that these stories are (at least somewhat) based on real events. The Warrens investigated alleged haunted houses and demonic possessions for decades, including the now-infamous Amityville Horror case, along with the Annabelle doll that is central at many of the films’ hauntings. And while a lot of these “true” horror stories have been debunked over the years, there’s enough speculation that some of it just might have happened — and you know what? That’s enough for me to never sleep again, good night!
Gary Dauberman may be making his directorial debut with Annabelle Come Home, but he’s no stranger to the Conjuring franchise. The New Line regular came on board the growing ghoulish universe early, penning the script for 2014 spinoff Annabelle, returning for the prequel Annabelle: Creation, and the Conjuring 2 spinoff The Nun. With Annabelle comes home, Dauberman takes it full circle, bringing us back to the Warren family just after the events of The Conjuring when Annabelle sets her sights on their daughter Judy (McKenna Grace) once again.
With the film now in theaters, I recently sat down for a quick chat with Dauberman about making the film and making sure he didn’t create any contradictions in the cannon. We discuss how writing Annabelle’s story out of order impacted the script for Annabelle Comes Home, why they decided to set the third film in the Warren artifact room, the exact timeline of when the film takes place compared to The Conjuring, and what he was most excited to get back to when writing the script for IT: Chapter 2. You can watch the full interview in the video above and below, you’ll find an index of the topics we discussed followed by the official synopsis for the film.