Warner Bros. and New Line showcased their upcoming horror film slate at the second annual Scarediego press event at San Diego Comic-Con.
This time last year we got our first proper look at IT, which went on to become the highest grossing horror film to date. Kicking off San Diego Comic-Con 2018 with a scream, Scarediego fittingly opened with a brief glimpse behind-the-scenes of IT: Chapter 2.
As the sequel is currently filming, director Andy Muschietti couldn’t be there in person, but he did provide a video introduction to the clip, which gave us our first look at the grown up Losers Club – including James McAvoy as Bill, Jessica Chastain as Beverly, and Bill Hader as Richie – as well as some creepy Pennywise concept art.
Muschietti promises an even scarier sequel and advises audiences to “bring their adult diapers” when the second chapter opens in cinemas September 2019.
Conjuring universe creator James Wan bounded onto the stage to introduce his next two films as producer, The Curse of La Llorona and The Nun, and was joined by the films’ respective directors and cast.
The Curse of La Llorona is based on a Hispanic ghost story in which a jilted wife drowns her children in a fit of madness and jealousy before following them to a watery grave. Her spirit is then cursed to walk the earth forever, looking for other children to claim as her own.
Set during the ‘70s in LA, the film stars Linda Cardellini as a social worker who must protect two children being stalked by the titular phantom – aka ‘the Weeping Woman.’
“It’s the perfect story for a very scary horror movie,” said director Michael Chaves, and the three clips he presented certainly rattled the crowd, with bathtub mayhem and children wandering down darkened hallways where something wicked waits.
Cast members Patricia Velasquez and Raymond Cruz, who grew up with the legend, recounted some creepy phenomena that occurred during the shoot, with Velasquez claiming La Llorona had paid her a personal visit at home!
With its dark, true crime tone and some major jump scares, The Curse of La Llorona already looks like it will be a hit with horror fans when it opens in April 2019.
(L-R) Patricia Velasquez, Raymond Cruz, Linda Cardellini and director Michael Chaves
Next up was The Nun, the spin-off/prequel featuring the unholy ghost from The Conjuring 2 and due in cinemas September 2018. Director Corin Hardy and stars Taissa Farmiga and Ingrid Bisu took to the stage to introduce a montage of footage and recount stories of shooting in a creepy Romanian castle.
When the lights came up, attendees were startled by the appearance of a line of faceless nuns on each side of the theatre – the perfect end to a night of horror.
But Wan and fellow producer Gary Dauberman had one final surprise, announcing that demonic doll Annabelle will be returning for the next film in the Conjuring universe, and she will be heading home to the Warrens’ paranormal relic room to wreak havoc.
“So it’s basically Night at the Museum with Annabelle,” laughed Wan.