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The movie is dedicated to Lorraine Warren (portrayed in the movie by Vera Farmiga) who passed away two months before the film's release.
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(at around 50 mins) The real Annabelle is at the Warrens' Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut, kept in a glass case with warning signs. Unlike the doll in the film, it is a Raggedy Ann doll. In one scene, Judy is watching a game show when a couple win a trip to Vegas and a Raggedy Ann doll. This is a nod to the real Annabelle.
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James Wan stated that the movie would pick up directly after Ed and Lorraine Warren took the Annabelle doll, in the first Annabelle (2014) movie. Therefore, the movie takes place in the Warren house, along with all the other artifacts.
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The samurai armor that features in the Warren occult museum is based off Japanese mythology's demonic warrior the Oni, marking along with the Ferryman the second cultural mythology entity appearing.
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The character of Anthony Rios was created as a proxy for Judy's real life husband, Tony Spera. While she and Spera didn't actually meet until adulthood, Gary Dauberman asked their permission to create the childhood bully character to potentially serve as a romantic interest for Judy if the series continues to follow her character as she grows up.
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The Ferryman is based off the Greek mythological deity of the same name: that ferries souls across the River Styx to the Underworld, tolled with specific golden coins. The coins also prominently feature as the artifact in the Warren's house that summons the Ferryman entity.
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Like in The Conjuring 2 (2016), Patrick Wilson does his own singing, as he is an accomplished singer and musical star.
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McKenna Grace replaces Sterling Jerins as Judy Warren. Jerins played Judy in the first two Conjuring films and had outgrown the role in that by the time production commenced. But Jerins did play Judy again two years later in The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.
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The werewolf is noted as a hellhound by Ed & Lorraine and like the French legend of La Bête du Gévaudan is a monstrous werewolf appearing out of encroaching night fog, and that is responsible for the death of many local livestock. Displayed with the butchering of a Warren hen.
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The Annabelle doll has made an appearance in two DC Comics movies, Aquaman (2018) and Shazam! (2019). In return, some DC comic books, like issues of The Demon and Swamp Thing, appear in this movie. Also note that when Lorraine picks up the Mourner's Bracelet at the end, the cylindrical artifact standing next to it is the Atlantean holographic key from Aquaman (2018).
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Third movie in the Annabelle film series and seventh in The Conjuring Universe.
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The artifacts in the Warren's Occult Museum in the film are: The Samurai armour, Mourner's Bracelet, Cymbal Monkey, Ferryman toll coins, The Bridal Dress, Future television, typewriter, piano, assorted masks, Black Shuck Book, Rooster Weather Vane, Rory's music box and Annabelle doll.
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Samara Lee and Lou Lou Safran are the only returning cast members from Annabelle: Creation (2017). Where Lee reprises her role as Bee, while Safran appears as a new character.
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This marks the first time the Warrens are featured in a film without The Conjuring title.
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The Occult museum television shows events that take place exactly 30 seconds away, displayed with Daniela.
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The movie's release date is June 26th, which is Mckenna Grace's birthday, the actress who plays Judy in the movie.
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The room in the Warren's home where Daniela finds the keys to the artefact room is the same room where Valak the demon nun torments Lorraine in The Conjuring 2 (2016)
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The coins over the deads eyes was originally put there because in death the eyes would remain open and the coins would cover the eyes and keep them from opening and being seen.
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This is the second film that Vera Farmiga stars in to feature the song "Baby Blue" by Badfinger. The first film was The Departed (2006).
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Sade Katarina's debut.
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The film was always intended to be rated R, as previous films in the Conjuring universe were rated R and Gary Dauberman felt that that's what fans wanted from this film. In fact, that's the only reason this film has 1 use of "fuck" and an illusion where Daniela is stabbed, to push the film's rating.
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The Mourner's Bracelet and television appear as the only artifacts with possible positive connotations: Lorraine displaying such with the bracelet in the film's conclusion, informing Daniela that with proper use it has in correspondence with her mediumship to communicate with her deceased father. The television predicts events head of time, but in turn does display simple events beyond negative supernatural phenomena.
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(at around 1h 2 mins) Although the spirit of Daniela's father violently blames her for his unfortunate death, Lorraine later reassures Daniela that her father holds no ill will toward her. Most likely, the father's spirit was being abused by one of the demons attracted by the Annabelle doll, like how the Nun possessed the spirit of an old man for her own ends in The Conjuring 2 (2016).
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This movie can be considered a so-called 'intraquel', a rare type of sequel that takes place entirely within the timeframe of another film in the series (rather than coming before or after). In this case, The Conjuring (2013) opens in 1968 with Ed and Lorraine Warren taken over the Annabelle doll, and then skips to 1971 for the main part of the movie; Annabelle Comes Home picks up at The Conjuring's 1968 opening scene, and then skips one year, with the rest of the movie taking place in 1969.
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In a deleted scene, Mary Ellen (Madison Iseman explains to Daniela (Katie Sarife) that as a child, she once had such a severe asthmatic attack that she nearly died and ended up in the hospital. In the movie's behind-the-scenes documentaries, it is explained that Mary Ellen is terrified of death since then, which is the reason why the Ferryman (who comes to pick up dead souls) has it in for her specifically.
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