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The Conjuring series has lost a movie from its official timeline

One film has been shot out of the canon cannon.

The Conjuring series has just got one film shorter.

The horror franchise includes multiple main Conjuring movies, three Annabelle movies, The Nun, and multiple shorts.

What isn't part of the franchise is The Curse of La Llorona, although it was advertised as such and features a few little nods. So why isn't it included?

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Related: The Conjuring universe timeline (including La Llorona) unravelled

There are a few reasons as to why, with director Michael Chaves telling Dread Central: "The very simple reason [why La Llorona] isn’t [part of The Conjuring Universe is because] it was made without one of the [Conjuring franchise] producers, so technically it can not be fully embraced. That’s the very simple reason.

"Originally, there was only supposed to be a playful nod, by putting The Father in and having the Annabelle flash. But it wasn’t supposed to be marketed that way. The plan was, you would get into it, and then it’s like, 'Oh my God, they’re connected!'"

He continued: "We weren’t, from the beginning, supposed to be doing that. And that’s why it has this outsider status. But as [the character] La Llorona is an outsider herself, I think it fits.

"The idea was just to have a playful connection... But James [Wan] was on as a producer, the conversation got started about an Easter Egg. It just kind of got away from itself. People loved that connection. But The Conjuring franchise is created by a team that’s been there since the beginning. It’s not really right to do an official spinoff without the full team.

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"When we premiered it [at SXSW], it was mistakenly announced as 'The next chapter in The Conjuring universe', which sent waves of panic all the way through [film studio] New Line. We didn’t want anyone to be offended. It was supposed to be just a wink and a nod."

One film that is part of The Conjuring franchise is The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (unsurprisingly), which has just released. We at Digital Spy think it's "a terrifying fresh direction" for the franchise.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is out now in cinemas and is also available to watch on HBO Max in the US.



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