Although the Conjuring Universe has consistently delivered supernatural chills over the past six years, the hit horror franchise has remained strangely inconsistent in at least one area: the inclusion of post-credits scenes. Therefore, if you're looking to history to determine whether the latest chapter, Annabelle Comes Home, has something extra after the credits roll, you won't find it there.
The rapidly expanding fictional world, inspired by the exploits of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, debuted in 2013 with James Wan's The Conjuring, which barely hinted at the blockbuster franchise that would follow. Six films, and $1.69 billion, later, the series has told stories spanning three decades, focusing not only on the Warrens, but also the demon Valak, the malevolent spirit La Llorona and, yes, the possessed doll Annabelle.
The Conjuring and its 2016 sequel included credits sequences that connected the events of the films to the Warrens actual cases. Both featured photos of the actors and their real-life counterparts, while The Conjuring 2 included an excerpt of an interview Ed Warren conducted with the actual Janet, purportedly channeling Bill. The first franchise spinoff, 2014's Annabelle, skipped any such extras, while its 2017 prequel, Annabelle: Creation, doubled down with spooky imagery during the credits, and a stinger afterward to tease 2018's The Nun (which didn't have any such bonus material). The sixth film in the series, 2018's The Curse of Llorona, didn't offer anything extra during or after the credits.
But what about writer/director Gary Dauberman's Annabelle Comes Home? No, it does not include any mid- or post-credits material. Once the credits begin to roll, it's safe to head for the exits. Although why audiences would be a rush to get home, where they might find possessed dolls or a creepy Ferryman waiting for them, is anybody's guess.
As the title suggests, the film depicts the Warrens (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) bringing home the doll, introduced in The Conjuring, to safely lock it away in their artifacts room, behind "sacred" glass. However, Annabelle awakens the spirits in the room, who target the Warrens' 10-year-old daughter, Judy (Mckenna Grace) and her babysitters (Madison Iseman and Katie Sarife).
Arriving Wednesday, Annabelle Comes Home is projected to earn about $35 million domestically over the course of its five-day opening. That's about Annabelle: Creation made in its more-traditional Friday-Sunday debut.
Written and directed by Gary Dauberman, Annabelle Comes Home stars Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman and Katie Sarife. The film opens Wednesday nationwide.