Beyond the Conjuring movies, there are other classic horror flicks which also delve into the Warren’s most chilling supernatural cases.
The Conjuring Universe is currently one of the most successful cinematic shared continuities, featuring several successful spinoffs and sequels. Helping to bring interest back to the moribund horror genre, the series retells the cases of real-world paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Each film, many of which are on HBO Max, notes that it’s inspired by these real-life but controversial cases, making the horror that much more terrifying. Beyond the Conjuring movies, there are several other classic horror flicks which also delve into the Warrens’ most chilling, hairsplitting supernatural cases. Here’s a look at those movies and how they connect to the situations portrayed in the Conjuring Universe’s series of scares.
The Amityville Horror
The first film to bring a case dealt with by the Warrens to the big screen was the 1979 classic, The Amityville Horror, starring James Brolin and Margot Kidder as George and Kathleen Lutz. The young couple purchase an old house and are soon victimized by a series of increasingly devilish supernatural happenings. These stem from a murder which took place years before in which an entire family was killed.
Based off of a late ’70s book which claimed to recount these same real-life events, the Warrens are connected in that they were the first to investigate the horrific events that took place at the Amityville house. These events are portrayed in the opening scene of The Conjuring 2.
The Haunting in Connecticut
2009’s The Haunting in Connecticut features a fictional story that jumps off of a supposedly true event. In it, the Campbell family move to a house which was once used as a mortuary. Unfortunately for them and their sick son, they soon come under siege from a series of traumatic and gruesome developments. The movie’s low budget allowed it to become a box office success, spawning a sequel with an unrelated plot line.
The story is based off of the experiences of the Snedeker family, who moved into a former funeral home that was the site of supposed necromancy. After this took place in 1986, the Warrens investigated, sensing incredibly powerful paranormal energies surrounding the area. As with most of their cases, however, this one was especially disputed, with many stating that the acts the Snedeker’s claimed to have transpired were entirely fabricated. These accusations only increased after Ed Warren’s death, with some coming out and saying that the paranormal investigator told them to essentially make things up to the press for sensation’s sake.
The Haunted was a 1991 made-for-TV film, and was most notable for actually featuring Ed and Lorraine Warren. It is based off of the book of the same name, which itself recounts the haunting experienced by the Smurl family. Moving into a house on Chase Street, the family is haunted by a trio of ghosts as well as a demon, turning their lives into a living hell.
They’re finally aided by none other than the Warrens, who are portrayed by Stephen Markle and Diane Baker. The movie was very well-received, earning Golden Globe nominations for both its cinematography and Sally Kirkland’s portrayal of Smurl matriarch Sally. Sadly, it and its story are also highly contested, turning its validity into a controversial horror story in its own right.
Neither the Smurl nor the Snedeker hauntings have been adapted yet in the Conjuring series, but with the movies still incredibly popular, these cases could possibly possess the franchise in upcoming sequels.
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