Possible Crooked Man Spin-Off from ‘The Conjuring 2’

The Conjuring franchise sure loves its spin-offs… is the Crooked Man next? 

Recently during an interview, Conjuring 2 producer Peter Safran told Joblo they may be looking into a spin-off film featuring the controversial figure from the second film. When asked, he stated:

“Its an excellent question, because obviously the Crooked Man was one of the ones were contemplating spinning off and when we tested the movie it was the most polarizing character. It had the most people who loved it and the most people who hated it, but it really was – people loved it.

The people who loved it wrote, “That’s awesome!” A lot of the people who didn’t like it, their criticism was, “That’s all CG! That’s all CG.” None of it was CG. It was 100% practical. That actor just looks like that, we created an amazing wardrobe for him. Skin tight latex-basically suit. And he walks – I’m sure you’ve all youtubed his test for Mama, crawling around before they decided to go CG.

So I think there’s something fascinating in the Crooked Man. Maybe tonally he’s not as grounded as the Conjuring itself is and maybe that’s why some people felt it wasn’t what they were looking for in the Conjuring but I suspect a movie with him would be really really cool.

I love the character, just things like the transformation from the dog into the Crooked Man and the way he walked. It’s one of those characters when I see his fingers coming out when Ed Warren has kind of blinded by the steam and is coming into the living room where the TV is, there’s a thing where his fingers come around a door and every time I see that I just love what that character can be.

And we have some interesting ideas for him. So we’ll see.”

He later asked the group of reporters their thoughts, most of whom stated they loved the idea. To which he replied:

“You know it tends to be the genre fans that like it the most and the casual fans that like it the least. But I think there’s a movie there. The more we hear from guys like yourselves that it is intriguing the more likely it is. And we just have to figure out how you position it.

I love the Zoetrope. It’s a cool device in that it builds on what the music box was in the first movie. Again we hadn’t seen that particular thing with the spinning and the disappearing works well as a device.

It is good to hear, when you’re next interviewing James at some junket you should bring it up with him too. Because you know him, he loves crazy feeling creatures and he loves the Crooked Man. There’s a reason why he came up with that.”

So, it will be interesting to see if they follow through with this idea. One thing about Wan’s films is he tends to go for the mass market. I’m not sure he’d stick to something that had the main appeal with horror fans but not general audiences. We’ll keep an eye out for any updates. What do you think? Would you like to see a Crooked Man spin-off?


About Tim Miller

Tim Miller is a horror author with over 40 books in print in the U.S. and Germany. He lives in Texas which provides him lots of scary locations and ideas to pass on to his readers. His trusty sidekick, a chihuahua named Sancho, sits by his side and supervises his writing activities.

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