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Exclusive: ‘Conjuring’ Franchise Respects Faith and Finds Success

LifeZette spoke with Corin Hardy, director of 'The Nun,' the latest spinoff in one of the most successful horror franchises around

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The “Conjuring” franchise has managed to find unique success with audiences.

The horror franchise — through four films so far — has set itself up as a Marvel-type universe that mines its content from the allegedly real-life stories of the Warrens (Ed passed away in 2006, and Lorraine is 91 years old), who claimed to be real-life supernatural experts.

Films in the franchise include spinoffs set in different locales and times.

Audiences have bought into the endeavor thus far. “The Conjuring” and “The Conjuring 2” were both big box-office successes, and both “Annabelle” movies also struck a nerve with audiences.

What’s also special about these films is their relationship to faith. The Warrens were always open about their faith in God, and that is taken seriously in the films. It creates a plain good vs. evil theme that runs through each film — and is not something you see in most Hollywood-produced horror movies.

Now all eyes are on the latest spinoff, “The Nun,” which hits theaters on Friday.

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The film follows a priest with a haunted past and a young nun on the cusp of taking her vows as they are sent to Romania to investigate the death of a nun. What’s behind the murder may be a demonic force first introduced in “The Conjuring 2.”

Director Corin Hardy, who is originally from England, told LifeZette by phone that he was “absolutely” a fan of the “Conjuring” franchise before stepping into the role of director on “The Nun.”

“I was already prepared with the background of it all,” he said.

Producer James Wan, who directed the first two “Conjuring” films, was a fan of Hardy’s previous film, “The Hallow,” and Hardy said he found a kindred spirit in the filmmaker.

He said the two “share the same excitement for this stuff” and that it was trust among him, Wan and writer Gary Dauberman that allowed “The Nun” to spread its wings and become something new and fresh in the four-film franchise thus far.

It also helped that the film was set in Romania and in 1952 — giving it its own place away from the other films in the fictional universe.

“It’s an exciting world,” the director said. “Stories can be connected and told with different characters and in different parts of the world.”

In terms of faith as a serious part of the “Conjuring” world, Hardy agreed — and it’s something he accepted when first diving into the project.

“It’s a big part of it,” he told LifeZette. “[It’s] a big part of [the franchise’s] previous movies.”

Hardy also revealed that the “Conjuring” universe is one he wants to keep playing around in for some time to come.

“It’s an exciting world,” the director said. “Stories can be connected and told with different characters and in different parts of the world.”

He added, “It’s limitless where things can go.”

For more on the real-life Warrens, check out the video below:

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