Love Drives Conjuring Movies, Says Vera Farmiga, Entertainment News & Top Stories
SINGAPORE – The Conjuring supernatural film series is popular. The same goes for its spin-offs – the Annabelle trilogy (2014 to 2019) and the unique feature films, The Nun (2018) and The Curse Of La Llorona (2019).
In total, Conjuring Universe has earned nearly US $ 2 billion (S $ 2.6 billion) worldwide, making it the second highest grossing horror franchise of all time – after the monster series. Godzilla, which includes Japanese works from the 1950s.
Conjuring’s latest and third film, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, hits theaters Friday, June 11. The Conjuring 2 was released in 2016.
How did the 2013 debut film, The Conjuring, which dramatizes the exploits of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, spawn an industry?
Farmiga, 47, who played the role in all three Conjuring films and a few other films in the franchise, says the series’ success lies less in fear than in how she tells viewers everything is going to be fine. finally.
“Yes, it’s a horror franchise, but it’s rooted in love. She says, in a mystical way, that love conquers all. That’s the message and it’s a beautiful message.” , the American actress told The Straits Times in an online interview.
“We all go through terror and conflict, but in the end there is the beautiful balm of love.”
A dive into the storylines of the Conjuring films shows that Ed and Lorraine often cast out demons by reminding the possessed of those they love, creating an emotional force that breaks the hold of the evil spirit.
Even the concept of love is incorporated into the religious ideas of the film, Farmiga explains. The film may be specific to the Catholic exorcism ritual, but introduces a broad and inclusive concept of God and the opposite, Satan – respectively representing love and the force that opposes it.
In the Conjuring Stories, Ed and Lorraine consult with clerics from a mix of faith denominations, including animist shamans and Jewish rabbis.
“You don’t have to be a Christian to understand the movie. You can change the word Satan for sin, or perversion, pride, injustice or hatred,” Farmiga says.
Wilson, 47, speaking in the same interview, uses the example of superhero movies. Anyone can enjoy it “and they don’t have to think that superheroes exist”.
The American actor notes that the Conjuring films have worked well in countries with a Christian or Catholic majority.
Horror movies tend to be vague about the religious dimension to attract the masses, but he says “you can’t make a movie about Ed and Lorraine without embracing their religious beliefs.”
“It had a profound impact on the Catholic public because we did not shy away from religion.”
The films are based on the cases of the late couple Warren, New England-based demonologists with case books dating back decades.
Wilson says the selection of cases to turn into movies depends on the impact they have had on the history of paranormal research.
For example, in The Conjuring 2, the Warrens gained international recognition when they traveled to Enfield in north London to investigate a haunt, he says.
The new film is based on a case in which demonic possession as a legal defense was first introduced in US courts, a decision that gives the film its title.
The works published by the Warrens contain many documents that set precedents for the films, Wilson says. “They have published a lot of books and there are still many, many stories.”
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It opens in theaters on Friday, June 11.