Must-Stream Movies: 3 for the Conjuring Universe

Netflix added some titles from the Conjuring Universe to their library over the weekend that are now trending, so we decided to pick their best 3 to stream.

By Jesse Conner

"The Conjuring 2" from The Conjuring Universe.

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We knew that Netflix had promised to release a new original film every week for the entire year, but what we didn't consider is all the other films we love that they'd be adding to the library.

One title that was placed in the catalog on Sunday, and is currently on their top 10 trending list, is "The Conjuring 2." The James Wan directed supernatural thrill ride has piqued some interest on the internet, with movie fans wanting to learn more about the Conjuring Universe overall. So, for this Tuesday's must-stream movies, we're recommending the top 3 films in the Conjuring universe that horror fans can catch up on right away.

Later this year, we're expecting the highly anticipated release of "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It," which will be opening in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously. Now's the perfect time to get all the facts before going into the next haunted-house-of-a-movie.

  • 1The Conjuring

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    Although "The Conjuring 2" is the film currently trending on Netflix, nothing beats the original. The film can be described as a terrifying start to a scarily real franchise. You can think of it also as a good indicator of whether or not you'll enjoy the films that follow. It's not for the faint of heart. Where most horror films use gore and carnage to frighten, this film is a psychological nightmare, and makes you question how much of the film has been dramatized compared to the actual events that occurred.

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    The Conjuring

    Horror / 2013 / R

    In 1970, paranormal investigators and demonologists Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) Warren are summoned to the home of Carolyn (Lili Taylor) and Roger (Ron Livingston) Perron. The Perrons and their five daughters have recently moved into a secluded farmhouse, where a supernatural presence has made itself known. Though the manifestations are relatively benign at first, events soon escalate in horrifying fashion, especially after the Warrens discover the house's macabre history.

  • 2The Conjuring 2

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    Assuming you watched the first film, you might think you've seen it all and that there's no way you could feel anywhere near as scared as you did previously...well that might be true if this was anything like the first film, but it isn't. This new story, again coming straight from the true files of Ed and Lorraine Warren, is one that makes you reconsider what might really happen if there were angry, vengeful spirits cooped up in your house. Though there are plenty of demonic jump scares similar to the first film, this one features the possession of a little girl that will make you audibly gasp at some point.

    Now streaming on: Netflix, Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, & VUDU

    The Conjuring 2

    Horror / 2016 / R

    In 1977, paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren come out of a self-imposed sabbatical to travel to Enfield, a borough in north London. There, they meet Peggy Hodgson, an overwhelmed single mother of four who tells the couple that something evil is in her home. Ed and Lorraine believe her story when the youngest daughter starts to show signs of demonic possession. As the Warrens try to help the besieged girl, they become the next targets of the malicious spirit.

  • 3Annabelle: Creation

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    For anyone afraid of dolls being inhabited by an evil spirit, you might not be cut out for the Conjuring Universe anyways. Though this film was released in 2017, it actually is the birth of Annabelle and should be watched before "Annabelle" and "The Conjuring," if you're looking to follow the cinematic timeline. The tragic introduction of Annabelle into the Conjuring Universe places her in a house full of orphaned girls whom she wreaks havoc upon, with no Ed and Lorraine Warren to come to their rescue.

    Now streaming on: HBO Max, Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, & VUDU

    Annabelle: Creation

    Horror / 2017 / R

    Former toy maker Sam Mullins and his wife, Esther, are happy to welcome a nun and six orphaned girls into their California farmhouse. Years earlier, the couple's 7-year-old daughter Annabelle died in a tragic car accident. Terror soon strikes when one child sneaks into a forbidden room and finds a seemingly innocent doll that appears to have a life of its own.

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