The Conjuring & Annabelle Collectibles Are In the Works

One of the biggest recent horror hits – The Conjuring – is inspiring a line of collectibles, says The film, directed by James Wan, was the horror smash of last year and it has inspired a spin-off film, Annabelle, which is reaching theaters October 3rd.

‘Annabelle’ Release Date Official Now, Confirms Warner Bros.

A few months back, Warner Bros. and New Line set an October 3rd release date for an unknown horror film. We speculated it was Annabelle. Turns out we were spot-on with that guess. Both entities confirmed the release date today. And, get this, it’s getting a theatrical release.

Directed by John Leonetti, the film was produced by James Wan and is a spin-off of last year’s hit The Conjuring. Leonetti served as the director of photography on The Conjuring.

Discussion: Are Audiences Getting Tired of the Supernatural?

Deliver Us from Evil opened at the start of the 4th of July holiday weekend. To date, it has grossed $15 million since opening Wednesday, July 2nd, but box office analysts are focusing their targets on the film’s $9.5 million weekend gross and taking fire. Understandable. That’s a pretty weak weekend performance. It was up against the new comedy Tammy and holdovers likes Transformers, 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon. If you recall, Deliver Us from Evil was pushed up from its original 2015 release date because Sony was so confident in the film that it thought Deliver could earn some big bucks akin to The Conjuring’s mid-summer success last year.

Regardless of the quality of Deliver Us from Evil, I honestly think the film would have had a tough go of it at the box office because, more or less…audiences are getting supernatural fatigue.

The Conjuring 2 Gets a Release Date, Not a Summer Movie

Warner Bros./New Line have revealed today that The Conjuring 2 is going to hit theaters October 23, 2015. No plot details have been revealed, so until you read something official, take it all as rumor.

What we know for a fact? Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will return as Ed and Lorraine Warren. The sequel will likely see them taking on a new case, of course.

Conjuring Producer Teams With Pantelion, Filmax for Summer Camp

The Filmax venture Summer Camp is a title we first told you about a year ago at the American Film Market 2012.  The film has been in development since then with Alberto Martini at the helm.  He scripted Sleep Tight for Filmax.  

This weekend, news of some progress has come forward.

Peter Safran, the producer of The Conjuring, and Patelion Films, a division of Lionsgate, are coming aboard to shepherd the project with Filmax.

Shooting begins in Barcelona February 2014.  Head inside for plot details!

Annabelle at the Center of a Spin-Off of The Conjuring

Warner Bros. and New Line are putting some serious faith behind what The Conjuring offered over the summer (and by “offer,” I mean thrills and box office bucks).

We already know that a sequel is in the works with Chad and Carey Hayes returning to script.  While there are a lot of rumored plot details, nothing has been confirmed.

But that’s not all.  The studio is apparently at work on a spin-off film.

The Conjuring Makes Tarantino’s Top 10 Films of 2013

Quentin Tarantino has – drumroll please – unveiled his top 10 films of 2013.  

As the king of all cinephiles, Tarantino’s annual list is usually eagerly anticipated by fans and this year’s list is already generating some talk (for better or for worse).

What’s worth noting for Shock readers is that Academy Award-winning writer-director included one horror film on his list: The Conjuring.  That’s a hell of an endorsement, not that the James Wan-directed flick needs it – it’s one of the highest-grossing supernatural thrillers of all time now.

What other films made the cut?

Exclusive: Patrick Wilson, Sort Of, Nixes Amityville for The Conjuring 2

Before The Conjuring even hit theaters, New Line Cinema set the wheels in motion for the sequel and now that the film is nearing the $200 million mark at the worldwide box office, The Conjuring 2 talk continues.

The July 19th release features Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as Ed and Lorraine Warren, a pair of paranormal investigators tasked with helping the Perrons, a family terrorized by a demonic force in their new home. And that’s only one of many real-life Warren files.

Has The Conjuring 2 Plot Been Revealed?

The Conjuring – which has now grossed over $100 million at the box office – has paved the way for a sequel currently in development at New Line.

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are set to return as Ed and Lorraine Warren.  Time will tell if James Wan – busy doing Fast & Furious 7 – will return to direct, but the studio believes strongly it has a franchise on its hands with the Warrens serving as our protagonists taking us from terrifying case to terrifying case.

Certain events that happened in Amityville were teased The Conjuring, leading many to believe that’s where the sequel could go, but the fellas at Aint It Cool News have heard otherwise.

Want to See Some Concept Art for the Annabelle Doll from The Conjuring?

This summer’s supernatural hit, The Conjuring, continues to scare up the big bucks.  The film has grossed nearly $100 million worldwide to date and is expected to make plenty more (its daily average isn’t too shabby).

One of the many creepy aspects of the film that folks are talking about is the Annabelle doll (pictured right).  Italian artist Luca Nemolato shared – via his site – a series of conceptual pieces he did for The Conjuring production of Annabelle, you can see the variant takes on the doll after the jump.

As you’ll see, the artist was going for a more deranged Shirley Temple vibe.

New Line Plans a Sequel to The Conjuring

Although the first film doesn’t hit theaters until July 19, extremely positive word of mouth has led to New Line Cinema to initiate plans for a sequel to The Conjuring.

The film, a supernatural thriller inspired by actual events, stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Joey King, Shanley Caswell, Haley McFarland, Mackenzie Foy, Kyla Deaver and Sterling Jerins.