We Finally Understand The Entire Conjuring Universe
As more Conjuring movies are added to the franchise, keeping track of things can get confusing, especially since they jump around chronologically. Luckily, we’ve figured out when everything takes place. From freaky nuns to haunted houses, here's the entire Conjuring Universe story explained.
Chronologically speaking, The Conjuring Universe all starts with The Nun. The film takes place in 1952, at the Abbey of St. Carta in Romania, where Father Burke and a novitiate, Sister Irene, are investigating the death of one of the abbey's nuns. They discover the nuns have been spending most of their time praying in shifts to keep a nun-shaped evil entity from hitchhiking its way out into the real world on a human host.
As it turns out, the abbey was originally built by a duke during the Middle Ages who was more interested in demon worship than Catholicism. He managed to raise the demon Valak but was stopped by a group of Christian knights who were able to seal Valak for a while. With the help of a local man named Frenchie, Father Burke and Sister Irene seem to finally banish Valak back to Hell. But as it happens, Valak manages to hitch a supernatural ride out of town on Frenchie's back.
The story of Annabelle starts in 1943 with Annabelle: Creation, when a dollmaker named Samuel Mullins and his wife Esther lose their seven-year-old daughter, Annabelle, in a freak car accident. About 12 years later, the Mullins open their doors to a group of orphaned girls and the nun tasked with their care.
When one of the orphans stumbles upon a porcelain doll in a locked bedroom, she unwittingly releases a demon that wreaks havoc on the house and its inhabitants. It's soon revealed that the Mullins had been tricked into letting a demon take possession of one of Samuel's dolls, and it's now decided to try and find a human host.
By the end of the ordeal, the demon has succeeded in possessing the unlucky orphan, who escapes and, now going by the name Annabelle, winds up being adopted by a nice family in Santa Monica. There, she grows up, runs away, joins a cult, and then returns to murder her adoptive parents. Keep watching the video because we finally understand the entire Conjuring universe!
1952: Meet the Nun | 0:18
1943 - 1967: Here comes Annabelle | 1:14
1967: Annabelle comes back | 2:10
1968 - 1971: Tying it all together | 3:10
1971: The Perron Possession | 3:44
1972: Annabelle returns again | 4:24
1973: La Llorona | 4:57
1976 - 1977: Valak comes back | 5:45