Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga in 'The Conjuring 3'

‘The Conjuring 4’ Release Window, Cast, Plot, and More

Who among us hasn’t waited with bated breath in the hopes that James Wan and his merry band of specter-hunters will again grace our screens with another spine-tingling tale? The previous Conjuring films, with their mischievous doors that creak ever so softly and lights that flicker just a tad too ominously, have set our expectations at a horrifying peak. And now, as rumors about the fourth installment spread through the sacred halls of horror fans, one can’t help but anticipate—with a mix of joy and anxiety—the terror that awaits. 

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Will The Conjuring 4 have an evil spirit with an affinity for Victorian garb? Or an old toy with more going on than a spring-loaded twist or two? So here we are, on the verge of another terrifying thrill, hoping that The Conjuring 4 scares the living daylights out of us rather than just teases our fear receptors. After all, who needs sleep when one has such sumptuously sinister cinema to savor? Alright, without further ado, here is all we know about The Conjuring 4, including its release date, cast, plot, and more.

The haunted legacy of the Conjuring films

A decade ago, the Conjuring series revolutionized horror cinema, recounting the hair-raising escapades of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The franchise quickly captured horror fans’ hearts (and screams) worldwide with its unique blend of jump-scares and well-crafted narratives. Today, the Conjuring series has evolved into the veritable United Nations of ghouls, phantoms, and sundry otherworldly entities. 

As each installment unfurled, one couldn’t help but wonder: is there a quota of spirits per square foot in the Conjuring universe? The films have the uncanny ability to populate our nightmares with a fresh roster of apparitions, cultivating some major atmospheric tension. Indeed, a mere rustling curtain in this franchise has sent more popcorn flying than some big-budget explosion in a summer blockbuster. 

In all its spin-off glory, the legacy of the Conjuring series is that it made believers out of skeptics. Not necessarily in the paranormal, but in the idea that old-school horriìor, paired with a touch of modern flair, could still draw audiences to theaters. And now, it’s time for the fourth chapter in this saga, The Conjuring: Last Rites, to do the same. 

Unveiling The Conjuring 4

The Conjuring: Last Rites was revealed at CinemaCon on April 28, 2023. The news dropped during a presentation by Warner Bros., with paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, set to return in the new film. 

Additionally, Warner Bros. announced that the director of the first two Conjuring movies, James Wan, will be the film’s producer. The fourth installment of the Conjuring franchise will also feature a script written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, who penned the previous two installments. When news hit the web, fans took to social media to share their excitement for the film and speculate on what the title could symbolize. 

Some fans speculated that the title could refer to Last Rites being the franchise’s final installment. Wan has previously stated that he is unsure whether he would continue to make Conjuring films after the fourth, and the title suggests this may be the case.

When can we expect to see The Conjuring: Last Rites in theaters? 

While the official release date for The Conjuring: Last Rites has not been confirmed, it’s speculated that the film could hit screens around 2025. We suspect that Warner Bros. will likely want to release Last Rites during the summer movie season when horror films tend to perform well at the box office. 

But as the summer movie season for 2024 is already quite crowded, it is more likely that the film will be released in 2025. However, the ongoing strikes in Hollywood might throw a wrench into these plans, potentially pushing the release to 2026 or even later.

Who will appear in The Conjuring: Last Rites?

As of now, the only confirmed cast members are Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, reprising their roles as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Their return is hardly surprising, as it’s impossible to imagine a Conjuring movie without this ghost-busting duo.

A brown haired white woman (Vera Farmiga) looking down a hallway in "The Conjuring 2"
(Warner Bros.)

However, the rest of the cast remains a mystery, adding to the film’s suspense. Given the franchise’s track record of introducing new and exciting characters with each installment, we can expect an ensemble of fresh faces to join the veterans in The Conjuring: Last Rites.

What we know about the plot so far

As the real-life Warrens have investigated numerous cases, there’s a treasure trove of terrifying tales to choose from. Speculations are rife about which of their real-life cases will make it to the big screen this time.

One possibility is the haunting of the Snedeker house, a former funeral parlor that became the stage for some truly eerie occurrences. Another potential candidate is the spine-tingling tale of the Smurl family, who reported bizarre activities and apparitions in their home.

However, these are just speculations. The creators of The Conjuring: Last Rites have kept the plot under tight wraps, ensuring the suspense remains until the end.

Is a trailer available now? 

A trailer can make or break the anticipation for a movie. However, given that the movie seems to still be in its pre-production phase, fans will have to wait a bit longer for their first glimpse of The Conjuring: Last Rites. Still, whether you’re a die-hard fan of the franchise or a newbie looking for a good scare, The Conjuring: Last Rites promises to follow its predecessors as a thrilling ride into the realm of the supernatural. 

As we eagerly await more news about this highly anticipated horror flick, keep the lights on and the popcorn ready. When it comes to The Conjuring: Last Rites, the only thing scarier than the movie is to have overeager viewers spoil it for you. 

The future of the Conjuring Universe

While The Conjuring: Last Rites is the upcoming attraction, the Conjuring universe doesn’t stop there. Reports suggest that a Conjuring TV show is being developed for Warner Bros’ streaming service, Max. This series aims to continue the Warrens’ story, making the Conjuring franchise an ever-expanding world of horror.

(featured image: Warner Bros.)

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Faith Katunga
Faith is a freelance journalist with an insatiable curiosity for all aspects of current events, from the global economy and fashion to pop culture and travel. She watches an absurd number of cat videos on Instagram when not reading or writing about what is going on in the world. Faith has written for several publications, including We Got This Covered, Italy Magazine, TheTravel, etc., and holds a master's degree in Fashion Culture and Management.