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“How long are they going to milk it?”: The Conjuring 4 Gets Confirmed Despite Forgettable Prequel, Fans Claim It’s Becoming the Next Halloween Series

The Conjuring 4

When audiences think about a cinematic universe, the most notable and prominent names that come to mind are the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DCEU, the Fast Franchise, and other blockbusting hard-hitters of the industry. But the Conjuring Universe that only the people with the finest tastes in horror can truly appreciate. Time after time, this cinematic juggernaut of the horror genre has proven itself to be revered as a name among the top powerhouses and has successfully given fans and audiences both the fright of their lives and the numbers to substantiate itself.

The Nun In The Conjuring
The Nun in The Conjuring 2

And now, we have news that the 4th installment of the Conjuring series is under development!

But fans don’t seem to be that impressed anymore. After this news was revealed, they have been asking the most obvious question. How long before this series to turns into the next Halloween franchise?

Why Fans Are Not Too Excited About Conjuring 4?

Conjuring has been scarily good for New Line Cinema. The original movie was released in the summer of 2013 as a counterprogramming tactic against big tentpoles. The move worked, as it ended up making $320 million worldwide against a budget of $20 million, becoming one of the most profitable horror films in history and birthing a franchise. From its roots, the universe has traversed and branched into 3 different series, which are the Annabelle Series, the Conjuring Series, and lastly the new addition of The Nun Series inside the Conjuring Universe. With so many diverse series going hand in hand, fans cannot hold themselves back from referencing yet another well-known horror series that has gone bland with the ever-expanding universe business model.

Annabelle Doll used in The Conjuring Universe.
The doll used in the Annabelle Series from The Conjuring Universe.

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Halloween is the long-running slasher horror franchise that has been going on since 1978 when the original Halloween was released in cinemas. The films primarily focus on Michael Myers, who was committed to a sanitarium as a child for the murder of his sister, Judith Myers. This series has been going on for almost 45 years and is still churning films to this day. The thing with the Halloween franchise is that it has gone stale as it has a fixed model of bringing back Michael Myers again and again, which as fans might know, becomes boring over time.

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The final installment into The Halloween Franchise

Fans are comparing both of these universes to each other because of the visible similarities. The Conjuring Universe has reached that point of time where it has nothing new to provide the audiences with, and are left with the same set of characters that were there to haunt the audiences in the past. The Conjuring films are based on the real-life case files of the paranormal investigator couple Ed and Lorraine Warren, who have had a lot of cases that they documented during their time exploring the paranormal side of the world. But due to numerous legal and ethical constraints, they cannot be adapted into movies, which leaves the production heavily reliant on the paranormal entities that they already have.

This again puts the Conjuring Universe in a similar position as the Halloween Franchise, which has nothing to provide now except to bring back Myers into every single installment again and again. Thus, the fans are worried that if the series goes on like this, the upcoming movies might turn this franchise into the next Halloween.

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What To Expect From Conjuring 4?

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Where is the Conjuring Universe headed?

With the news of Conjuring 4 going into development, it’s clear that Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema are nowhere near done with this franchise. Johnson-McGoldrick is a Conjuring veteran, having penned The Conjuring 2 and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, and is returning to write the script for Conjuring 4, Along with James Wan and Peter Safran, the filmmaking team behind every film in the Conjuring Universe, including the eighth installment The Nun 2, currently shooting in France.

We might not know exactly what to expect from the upcoming films, but this too is the beauty of the franchise. There is something lurking around every corner, and all we can do is hold our breaths to find out what it is.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Written by Deepak Bisht

Currently pursuing BBA from GGSIPU, New Delhi. I have gained 4 months of content writing experience with FandomWire with more than 250 articles under my name. Just a typical nerd talking about nerdy things with people of the world.