Arguably the second most (critically) successful cinematic universe in Hollywood has been none other than James Wan’s The Conjuring franchise. While the first Annebelle film is generally considered to be a dud, every other entry to date has been something of a hit among horror fans. Wan himself discussed this in a video not too long ago as promotional material for the upcoming theatrical release of The Nun approaches. This time, director Corin Hardy came out to discuss The Nun‘s connections with the rest of the Conjuring Universe.
Hardy told CinemaBlend:
“I think it was quite fluid and natural and organic, because I already knew them all very well. So it wasn’t like we had to kind of like try and figure stuff out. Gary [Dauberman]’s partnered with James [Wan] when he’s writing the Annabelle‘s and stuff. It was all on the page, and then it was just certain details that we’d have to double check on, in terms of how they impact on other things, and we wanted to make sure we got everything just right. Hopefully it connects enough in certain ways, but we didn’t want to kind of change things too much.“
While I’ve been quite open about my excitement for David Gordon Green’s Halloween and Luca Guadagnino’s upcoming Suspiria remake, I’m excited to see The Nun later this weekend too. I’ve read that The Nun apparently takes a fair bit of influence from the classic horror films from Hammer Studios, which I adore, so it would be a lot of fun to see that style of horror film return to the big screen with this new film.
After all the horror genre, as with science fiction or superhero films, can be explored in all sorts of various ways. While I tend to love horror films that draw influence from the critically acclaimed horror masterworks from the late Sixties, Seventies and early Eighties, I fully appreciate the importance of other eras and sub-genres in horror such as the slasher genre.
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