Why do we like the paranormal horror of ‘The Warren File’ so much?

  • Three weeks after premiere of ‘Forced by the devil’, the third installment of the great scary saga continues to be number one at the box office in Spain. What are the reasons why we are fascinated by the adventures of our favorite supernatural investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren?

Under the always intriguing and effective label of “based on true events & rdquor ;, ‘Expediente Warren: The conjuring’ broke the worldwide box office in 2013. supernatural investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) in the haunted house of the Perron family they would be the origin of a horror saga that, eight years later, has an irresistible universe of its own in the form of two sequels and five spin-offs’. There is no delivery of the ‘Warrenverso’ that it was not a public bombshell, including, of course, the last one, ‘The Warren File: Forced by the Demon’. Three weeks after its premiere in Spain, nobody, nor ‘Cruella’ nor the second installment of another landmark of terror, ‘A peaceful place’, has been able to dethrone the number one box office to the new adventures of the Warren; a story inspired by the real case of Arne Cheyenne-Johnson, who in 1981 was sentenced to 20 years for murder in the first degree, but who, thanks to the help of the carsimatic couple of investigators, used demonic possessions as an argument to defend his innocence.

Why do we like so much Warren paranormal movies? How has the director and screenwriter been able James Wan | to create your own universe capable of fascinating, and terrifying at the same time, audiences around the world? Here we try to answer these questions in the form of five keys. Enter without fear:


1. A terrifying success saga

‘File Warren: Forced by the devil’ is, as we said, the third installment of a profitable paranormal horror saga started in 2013 with ‘Expediente Warren: The conjuring’. Directed by James Wan (‘Saw’, ‘Fast & Furious 7’, ‘Aquaman’), that first installment, exulting in terror, imagination and charisma, swept the box office around the world and opened the door to an also great sequel , ‘The Warren File: The Einfeld Case’, and an imaginative succession of ‘spin-off’ based on characters and / or objects that appeared in the first two films: ‘Annabelle’, about the real case of the shocking diabolical doll, its prequel, ‘Annabelle: Creation’, and its sequel, ‘Anabelle comes home’; and ‘The nun’, which tells the story of Valak, a mythological demon who had already appeared in ‘The Enfield Affair’ and made a cameo in ‘Annabelle: Creation’. A fruitful, irresistible universe of fear of which it is also a part, although somewhat more tangentially, ‘La llorona’, in which the director of ‘Obligado por el demonio’, Michel Chavez, approached the terrifying specter that springs from Spanish-American folklore.

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2. Based on real events

Saving all the distances, the paranormal investigators Ed y Lorraine Warren they are the predecessors of another charismatic couple fascinated by mystery, the nationals Iker Jiménez and Carmen Porter. The great cycle of ‘The conjuring’ is inspired by the real adventures of the Warrens, two famous American experts on supernatural phenomena; he demonologo, painter and science fiction writer, and she medium and clairvoyant. During their long career, the couple, owners of a fabulous museum of the occult in their Connecticut home, investigated more than 10,000 cases of unknown origin, including those that feed the three films in which they star, leaving behind, yes, a inevitable wake of doubts and controversy about its methods and results. Ed Lorraine passed away in 2006 at age 79; Lorraine Warren would do it in 2019 at 93.

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3. The charisma of its protagonists

“We have been called ghostbusters, paranormal investigators, weirdos, weirdos & mldr; but we prefer to be called Ed and Lorraine Warren & rdquor ;. This is how the couple was defined the first time we saw them in action in ‘The conjuring’. Fascinated by the strange, fate had brought them together for some reason, as they themselves were responsible for repeating. Actors Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson were also joined by fate to embody this marriage that is characterized by love and respect.. There is no Ed without Lorraine, and no Lorraine without Ed. They represent the quintessence of marriage equality in which the achievements of one serve to complement or reinforce those of the other. Their looks, the care they profess, are actually the heart of the movies, especially in this latest installment, where their love will win the battle against demons and witches. Both interpreters have recognized that the Warrens have marked their respective careers and that separately they do not manage to shine as much as together. The Warrens united, like our Iker Jiménez and Carmen Porter, will never be defeated.

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4. Horror movies, always without fear

Horror films are once again responsible for saving the box office numbers. In its opening weekend, ‘The Warren File: Forced by the devil’ reached 1,526,292 euros, a figure very similar to the one obtained by its predecessor, ‘The Warren File: The Enfield case’ in 2016. At the moment it accumulates more of 3 million euros and continues to lead the ‘box office’, in whose second place it is no coincidence that there is the sequel to another of the most iconic horror films of recent years, ‘A quiet place 2’.

Between the Marvel and DC universes, comedies, and youth fantasy sagas, horror continues to be one of the most requested genres. Each decade has had its great hits: ‘The Sixth Sense’, ‘The Blair Witch Project’, ‘The Others’, ‘Paranormal Activity’, ‘The Orphanage’, ‘It’ & mldr; Y ‘The nun’, undoubtedly the highest grossing ‘Warrenverso’ film: it raised more than 10,500,000 euros. In the specific case of the Warren saga, the fascination, and key to its success, comes from its wonderful imagery of haunted houses, crucifixes, bibles, witches, totems, exorcisms, possessions, underground chapels and demonic presences, all endowed with an irresistible ‘vintage’ air, if not retro.

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5. In summer, everyone to the movies

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In just three weeks, Warren File: Forced by the Demon‘, has been placed in the second position of the ranking of the whole year, only surpassed by the great winner of the first quarter,’ Godzilla vs. Kong ‘. At the moment, the box office figures in Spain have been quite ruinous, with hits of long-awaited premieres such as ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ or ‘Raya and the last dragon’. Summer will be a litmus test to certify whether consumer habits recover again at a time when, at least in the first world, the evolution of the pandemic offers hopeful positive curves.

What do moviegoers want to see in these post-pandemic moments? It seems clear that old acquaintances such as Godzilla, King Kong or the Warrens, which makes it possible to foresee that the imminent ‘Fast & Furious 9’ could also work, like the Marvelian ‘Black Widow’ with Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh. Definitely, ‘blockbusters’ starring characters that are already part of the collective imagination And they always look bigger and better on the big (and refrigerated) screen.

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