To date, there are eight films in The Conjuring Universe. The movie series – based around the paranormal investigations of Ed and Lorraine Warren – have proved incredibly popular with audiences, and this has resulted in some spooky stories.

But are you up to date with the movies? And do you know your Annabelles from your Nuns?

More importantly, do you know what order to watch The Conjuring movies?

You don’t?! Oh, jeez.

OK, below you will find a quick rundown of the viewing orders for The Conjuring Universe. I’ll keep things simple, so that you can get up to date with the movies as quickly as possible, but I will give you two options to follow – either timeline order or production order.

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Viewing Order One – The Conjuring timeline order

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As with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the films in The Conjuring Universe are released in a non-linear order, with some films acting as sequels, and others acting as prequels. As such, if you want to watch the films chronologically then you need to watch them in a different order to how they were originally released in cinemas.

The chronological order of The Conjuring movies is as follows:

  • The Nun (2018)
  • Annabelle: Creation (2017)
  • Annabelle (2014)
  • The Conjuring (2013)
  • Annabelle Comes Home (2019)
  • The Curse of La Llorona (2019)
  • The Conjuring 2 (2016)
  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)

This order lets the films play out chronologically. However, it is not entirely complete, and that is because The Conjuring Universe also includes a series of shorts, which you may also wish to watch (but you don’t have to).

The shorts are the result of a competition that Warner Bros. Pictures launched in 2017, to promote Annabelle: Creation. The competition resulted in a collection of fan-made short films that the studio said ‘could exist’ in The Conjuring Universe.

Winners were selected from the United States, the UK, Mexico, Sweden and Colombia. The shorts included: The Nurse (2017), The Confession (2017), What’s Wrong with Mom? (2017), Blund’s Lullaby (2017) and Innocent Souls (2017).

So, if you want to watch the movies AND the shorts as they would appear in timeline order then use this list:

  • The Nun (2018)
  • Annabelle: Creation (2017)
  • Annabelle (2014)
  • The Conjuring (2013)
  • Annabelle Comes Home (2019)
  • The Curse of La Llorona (2019)
  • The Conjuring 2 (2016)
  • The Nurse (2017) – Short
  • The Confession (2017) – Short
  • What’s Wrong with Mom? (2017) – Short
  • Blund’s Lullaby (2017) – Short
  • Innocent Souls (2017) – Short
  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)

Watching in this viewing order gives you a chronological timeline, with The Nun at the very start of the timeline and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It at the end of the timeline.

OK, so that is the timeline order, now onto the production order…

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Viewing Order Two – Production order

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If you’re not fussed about watching the films in timeline order, and you simply want to watch The Conjuring movies in the order they were released, then you you should watch the movies in production order. This order jumps back and forth across the timeline, but the story still makes perfect sense, and you’ll get to watch the movies in the exact order they appeared in cinemas.

Oh, and I’ve added in the shorts, should you wish to watch them too. But remember, you don’t have to – these are discretional additions to the universe only.

  • The Conjuring (2013)
  • Annabelle (2014)
  • The Conjuring 2 (2016)
  • Annabelle: Creation (2017)
  • The Nurse (2017) – Short
  • The Confession (2017) – Short
  • What’s Wrong with Mom? (2017) – Short
  • Blund’s Lullaby (2017) – Short
  • Innocent Souls (2017) – Short
  • The Nun (2018)
  • The Curse of La Llorona (2019)
  • Annabelle Comes Home (2019)
  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)

Whether you watch the movies in timeline order or production order, The Conjuring movies offer plenty of scares. I personally prefer to watch the movies in production order, but ultimately the choice is yours!

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If you’re a fan of The Conjuring Universe, you may wish to know that all of the movies are currently available on Blu-ray and DVD.

You can find six of the movies collected together in a neat little Blu-ray box set, appropriately titled Conjuring Universe 6-Film Collection.

The collection includes: The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, Annabelle, Annabelle Creation, Annabelle Comes Home, and The Nun (the only movies not included in the collection are The Curse of La Llorona and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It).

The Conjuring Universe 6-Film Collection Blu-ray is available from all good entertainment stockists, including Amazon US.

Until next time, happy haunting.

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