Ranked: All 8 'Conjuring' Movies

October 30, 2021 1:00 AM ‐ MoviesParanormal

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We aggregated the audience ratings from three common movie rating websites to find a universal average enjoyment score for each of the eight films in 'The Conjuring' franchise.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
Since the original 'Conjuring' landed on the big screen in 2013, the supernatural franchise has become an unstoppable force with eight instalments, including five spin-offs to its name.

The most recent of these is 'The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It', which like many of the other films in the series is based on a real life haunting case made famous by husband-and-wife paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Ed passed away at the age of 79 in 2006, but Lorraine was still an active member of the paranormal community and even consulted on the movies before she died at the age of 92 in 2019.

As well as the core 'Conjuring' movies, three of the spin-off films deal with Annabelle, a terrifying cursed doll which the Warrens encountered and kept in their occult museum at their home in Connecticut.

If you're just starting out on your journey into the 'Conjuring' universe or if you're planning to re-live the series, then you may want to know what other movie lovers think about the film series, which also includes 'The Nun' and 'The Curse Of La Llorona'.

Rather than rank the movies ourselves we've aggregated the audience ratings from three common movie rating websites to find a universal average for each of the movies. You can check out our ranked list below...

8. 'The Nun'

The Nun 2018

The 2018 movie, the fifth to be released in the franchise, came last in each of the sets of audience scores we took into account to produce this list, putting it safely in the 8th spot.

The movie, directed by Corin Hardy, revolves around a demonic nun named Valak. We first met Valak, the demon nun in 'Annabelle: Creation' and she was the demon at the centre of the Enfield haunting in 'The Conjuring 2'. This makes Valak the second character from the franchise to get her own feature film, after Annabelle the cursed doll in 2014.

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7. 'The Curse Of La Llorona'

The Curse Of La Llorona

'The Curse of La Llorona' was released in 2019 as the sixth film in the 'Conjuring' universe, but the lowest grossing of all. It's the second film in the franchise to not feature or reference the Warrens. It's also the first spin-off to feature an antagonist who doesn't appear in the main film series.

The movie tells the story of a troubled care worker and widowed mother of two, who starts to see spine-chilling visions of a weeping woman, La Llorona. As she delves deeper into this supernatural mystery, the malevolent entity's powerful stranglehold on her children tightens as she struggles to defend her children from the curse of La Llorona.

6. 'Annabelle'

Annabelle The Doll

'Annabelle' is the second movie in the franchise having been released in 2014, and it has a worse audience score than the two subsequent movies featuring the cursed doll.

We first meet Annabelle in the opening moments of the original 'Conjuring' movie, when we see the Warrens attempting to help two nurses that are being tormented by the eerie plaything with a demonic attachment. 'Annabelle' picks up from this point and escalates into a terrifying haunting.

Unlike the first movie in 'The Conjuring' series, 'Annabelle' isn't directly based on a true story throughout. In fact it's only the start of the movie that mirrors real life.

5. 'Annabelle Comes Home'

Annabelle Comes Home

Released in 2019, 'Annabelle Comes Home' is the seventh in the franchise overall, but the third in the Annabelle series and follows on from the 2017 origins movie, 'Annabelle: Creation'. It serves as a direct sequel to 2014's 'Annabelle'.

In the film the doll awakens the evil spirits trapped within the Warrens' other haunted artefacts and Annabelle herself falls into the hands of the couple's ten-year-old daughter, Judy.

4. 'The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It'

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

Although overall this film ranks number four on average, it did top one of the lists we referenced. 'The Devil Made Me Do It' is the most recent film in the 'Conjuring' universe having been released in 2021. It's the third core 'Conjuring' movie and tells a chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine.

The supernatural horror is based around one of the most sensational cases from the their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they'd ever seen before, to mark the first time in US history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defence.

3. 'Annabelle: Creation'

Annabelle: Creation

'Annabelle: Creation' was released in 2017 as the fourth film in the franchise, it serves as the second of three 'Annabelle' movies and outranks the other two on the list. The movie serves as a prequel to the original 2014 movie, 'Annabelle' and delves into the origins of the creepy doll.

2. 'The Conjuring 2'

The Conjuring 2

The 2016 movie 'The Conjuring 2' ranks highly in all three lists we aggregated, it delves into another real haunting case from the files of celebrated demonologists, who in the movie are played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.

For the second instalment it's one of the most famous poltergeist cases of all time. A case which took place in the London suburb of Enfield in 1977. The film introduces us to the Hodgson family, who are being plagued by poltergeist activity in their council home.

A local paranormal investigator by the name of Maurice Grosse has already taken on the case and is helping Peggy and her four children deal with the disturbing supernatural phenomenon. As 'The Conjuring 2' primarily revolves around the work of the Warrens, the story is told from their perspective.

1. 'The Conjuring'

The Conjuring

The original 2013 movie that started it all, 'The Conjuring' fittingly topped two of the three lists we incorporated, coming second in the other. The movie is based on another of the Warrens' real-life case files, and follows the couple as they assist the Perron family, who are experiencing increasingly disturbing events in their farmhouse in Rhode Island in 1971.

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