Once the correct The Warren File: Forced By The Demon (Michael Chaves, 2021), eighth film of the terrifying cinematic universe made around charlatans Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga), has gone through the cinemas of this pandemic world yet, its director has had no other occurrence than declare that La Llorona (2019) is not integrated into the mentioned Warren universe. A nonsense.
Like when they insisted that Cary Joji Fukunaga was the first American director of a film about James Bond to be in charge of No time to die (2021), the last planned with the participation of Daniel Craig as the secret agent of novelist Ian Fleming.
Something just as false as the statement of his compatriot, Michael Chaves, about his own movie, and for practically the same reasons.
The statements of Michael Chaves, director of ‘La Llorona’ and ‘The Warren File: Forced by the demon’
“The very simple reason [por la que La Llorona] It is not [parte del universo Warren es que] it was done without one of the producers [de la franquicia], so technically it cannot be fully accepted ”, the director explained to Josh Millican during an interview for Dread Central. “Originally, only there was supposed to be a playful wink [al universo Warren en La Llorona], putting the father [Pérez] and doing the flashback a Annabelle [John R. Leonetti, 2014]”.
“But it wasn’t supposed to be marketed that way. The plan was, you’d get into it and then it was like, “Oh my God, they’re connected!” We weren’t supposed to be doing that from the start. And that is why [el filme] He has that outsider status. But how [el personaje de] lin Llorona she is a stranger, I think it fits ”; and his myth “can stand on its own.”
“But James [Wan] I was as a producer [y] the conversation started over an easter egg. He just ran away from himself, ”continues Michael Chaves. “People loved that connection. But the franchise of Warren expedient It has been created by a team that has been there from the beginning. Really it is not correct to do an official split without the full team”.
And then how has such confusion been produced? “When we premiered it in Austin [Texas], was mistakenly announced as’eThe next chapter of the universe from Warren expedient», says the American filmmaker, “which sent waves of panic throughout the New Line [Cinema]. We didn’t want anyone to be offended. It was supposed to be just a wink and a nod. It’s not like we’re trying to steal your mojo or your brand ”.
The creators of the saga dance as always
Pretty difficult thing, Mr. Chaves, with the same ownership. Why so much La Llorona like the other seven Warrenverse films are the property of New Line Cinema. And from Atomic Monster, except for The Conjuring (James Wan, 2013), precisely the first. Furthermore, we must say that the names of the elders responsible dance in all they, the creative ones especially, as is usual in a long saga that takes place over a good number of years.
Chad y Carey W.Hayes wrote the script for the first film and The Enfield case (Wan, 2016) with the director and David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, which in turn signs that of Forced by the devil. Gary Dauberman wrote the one of Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation (David F. Sandberg, 2017), The nun (2018) and Annabelle come home (2019); the last two, with their own address.
It is true that the scriptwriters of La Llorona, the almost fledgling Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis, have not collaborated on any other Warren expedient neither before nor after that movie, and there doesn’t seem to be any prospect of it either. But also that its co-producers Victoria Palmeri Y Judson Scott have become executives in the next two films in the Warren universe, that is, Annabelle come home Y Forced by the devil.
Like Michelle Morrissey has repeated in such position for both. Or what Michael Clear, in five of them from Annabelle: Creation, Walter Hamada, in six from The Conjuring, Y Richard Benner, in seven since Annabelle. Y Dave Neustadter, another of the executive producers of La LloronaIt has been such in all the Warrenverse movies; together with the other great involved in different roles, James Wan |.
That the majority of producers participate is not important
Even filmmaker Gary Dauberman financed the Michael Chaves film after The nun, yours as noted above. The only usual producer since the beginning of Warren expedient that was off the canvas with the film on the Hispanic-American folk spectrum, and that probably motivates Chaves’ statements, is Peter Safran, and he has never even taken care of executive tasks.
But this cinematic swallow cannot make a summer to argue that, without him, the film in question “cannot be accepted” as part of the Warren universe when a majority of regulars of such a horror saga they have decided to contribute to this, the most collective work of art that exists. So pretend to include La Llorona between the movies of The Conjuring It’s like swallowing with the second part of the Quixote de Avellaneda doesn’t make any sense.
However, the most decisive thing is not in that matter although it is revealed like that, but in what Michael Chaves calls Unfounded “playful wink”. On La Llorona, Anna Tate-García (Linda Cardellini) turns to Father Pérez (Tony Amendola) to help her fight the evil spirit after her children Chris (Roman Christou) and Samantha (Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen) are threatened by it in 1973.
The Catholic priest relates what he tells him to the horrible events that he experienced because of a doll possessed in 1967, and we see a flashback from Annabelle with him taking her to his church. After what he alludes to the services of Ed and Lorraine Warren without naming them as a possible solution, before directing this desperate mother to the heterodox former priest Rafael Olvera (Raymond Cruz) for proximity, faster availability and precise knowledge.
No “playful wink” in ‘La Llorona’
But none of this constitutes a simple wink. A nod are the easter eggs about several horror film classics that Michael Chaves has put into Forced by the devil, for example. Reuse a character like Father Pérez in another film it’s a spin-off In all rules, without discussion. Especially if it is finished off with obvious references to the two protagonists of the Warrenverso and even images from a previous film in the saga are inserted.
And, for now, there is no narrative ingredient that rules out La Llorona What work belonging to the canon from The Conjuringbut just the opposite, just as they reject each other Casino Royale (John Huston and others, 1967) and Never say never (Irvin Kershner, 1983) in the canonical James Bond, franchise without strict continuity, because they were not supported by Eon Productions.
But only the elements of the story determine if a film is Bondiano and, thus, its directors, relevant when reporting on its cinematographic adaptations, not its production circumstances; or if a ghostly tale like La Llorona is integrated into the Warrenverse and his films are, therefore, eight today. As much as Michael Chaves and, perhaps, Peter Safran are reluctant to acknowledge it. If even Joseph Bishara composed the soundtrack as on five of the other seven occasions between The Conjuring Y Forced by the devil! I want to find excuses to flee from reality …