• 07/17/2019
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HORROR MASTER JAMES WAN EXPLAINS WHY THE SET WAS BLESSED BEFORE FILMING ‘ANNABELLE COMES HOME’



It may be just a movie, but it's about a doll that caused lots of havoc in real life.

"Annabelle Comes Home" is the eighth film from the "Conjuring" universe. James Wan, who's either produced, directed or written many of these films doesn't like to take any chances before filming any of these horror tales, so he has the sets blessed by a priest. After all, these stories are real cases American paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren experienced.

This time, the Warrens are out of town, leaving their 10-year-old daughter Judy (Mckenna Grace) in the hands of her teenage babysitter Mary Ellen (Madison Iseman) and her friend Daniela (Katie Sarife). Daniela shows up uninvited and is mischievously curious about the Warrens' work. Yearning for some connection to what's beyond the grave, she's drawn intractably to the locked room and, naturally, to Annabelle.

"We had a set blessing which did originally make us feel safe until other things started happening," said Iseman.

In addtion to the blessing, the priest also gifted everyone with rosaries.

Even though the real Annabelle doll remains locked in a glass case, the doll used on set created some inexplainable moments, too, like knocks coming from a room where the only thing inside was Annabelle or items that randomly flew off shelves.

"There were a lot of times where lights wouldn't turn on. Or there were smells, and smells are sometimes associated with spirits, I suppose," added Grace.

This happened even with a priest's blessing. Wan said he's kicked off all Conjuring films with a priest's blessing "just in case."

"Even though these are cinematic interpretations of what they have, they actually have these things and so you know, we kind of want it to be a safe working environment," noted Wan, who served as producer and writer for this film.

Next up is "The Conjuring 3," set for release in September of next year.

There have been eight films in the franchise in the last six years, with offshoots for "The Nun" and "The Curse of La Llorona." When choosing the next case to convert to the big screen, Wan said he doesn't like to force it so the stories can develop naturally. He's not sure how many he'll continue to make, but he already has his mind set on a real werewolf case that's he's always loved.

"I know not many people realize that, but the werewolf story is actually one of their true cases and I would love to see that as a movie."

"Annabelle Comes Home" is now open in US theatres.

Other release dates:

Argentina27 June 2019

Australia27 June 2019

Czech Republic27 June 2019

Denmark27 June 2019

Greece27 June 2019

Hong Kong27 June 2019

Hungary27 June 2019

Lebanon27 June 2019

Netherlands27 June 2019

Panama27 June 2019

Philippines27 June 2019

Puerto Rico27 June 2019

Russia27 June 2019

Saudi Arabia27 June 2019

Slovakia27 June 2019

Ukraine27 June 2019

Bulgaria28 June 2019

India28 June 2019

Cambodia28 June 2019

Sri Lanka28 June 2019

Mexico28 June 2019

Turkey28 June 2019

Italy3 July 2019

Germany4 July 2019

Portugal4 July 2019

Belgium10 July 2019

France10 July 2019

UK10 July 2019

Israel11 July 2019

Spain12 July 2019

Lithuania12 July 2019

Poland12 July 2019

Romania12 July 2019

Japan20 September 2019

(WARNER BROS. PICTURES/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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