Annabelle Comes Home will continue in the tradition of previous movies in The Conjuring universe of being R-rated. The Motion Picture Association of America has officially handed down their rating for the third entry in the successful spin-off series and yes, it's been given an R rating. So don't expect the possessed doll to tone down the violence this time around. If anything, things might be dialed up to 11 on this one.
The MPAA handed down its rating to Annabelle Comes Home for the movie's "horror, violence and terror." To date, every single movie in The Conjuring universe has been R-rated, including this year's The Curse of La Llorona. With that, the rating doesn't come as a surprise. Though, it should come as a relief to those who intend to see what the evil doll is up to this summer, since Warner Bros. and New Line didn't decide to try and dial back to a PG-13 in order to attract a wider audience. For them, it very much seems to be a situation where, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Gary Dauberman, who has penned several entries in The Conjuring universe, as well as IT, makes his directorial debut with the movie. James Wan, who directed the two main entries in the franchise, serves as a producer. What's especially appealing about this movie is that Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will make their return as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren for the first time since The Conjuring 2. Though, it's expected that their roles will be relatively small. However, the two are set to return once more in next year's The Conjuring 3, which is being directed by Michael Chaves, who made his directorial debut with The Curse of La Llorona.
Annabelle Comes Home centers on the Warrens, who are determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc. So, they opt to bring the possessed doll to their artifacts room at their home, and keep her locked up tight, placing her behind sacred glass and even going so far as to enlist a priest's holy blessing. They assume it's safe. Unfortunately, when they leave on a trip, a night of horror awaits as Annabelle is disturbed and the evil spirits in the room awaken, with their sights set on the Warrens' young daughter Judy (McKenna Grace) and her unlucky babysitters.
To date, the six Conjuring universe movies have grossed $1.7 billion worldwide. The studio is developing further entries, including The Nun 2 and The Crooked Man. It's also possible that this movie could wind up introducing figures that are worthy of a new spin-off as well. Gary Dauberman penned the screenplay, working from a story he cooked up with James Wan. Richard Brener, Dave Neustadter, Victoria Palmeri, Michael Clear, Michelle Morrissey and Judson Scott serve as executive producers. Annabelle Comes Home is set to arrive in theaters on June 26. This news comes to us from the MPAA.