Comic-Con Gets First Look at It: Chapter 2, Annabelle 3 Is On the Way, and More Upcoming Horror

Comic-Con Ketchup Wednesday July 18: New Line unleashes hell (and nuns and clowns) at ScareDiego panel.

by | July 19, 2018 | Comments

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Those who got to Comic-Con early were given a special treat – or were absolutely traumatized, depending on how you look at it – at New Line Cinema’s ScareDiego panel, hosted by Rotten Tomatoes’ own Grae Drake and led by über horror producer and director, James Wan.

First Look at It: Chapter 2: “Bring your adult diapers!”

In the lead-up to Comic-Con, it wasn’t clear how much fans were going to see of the sequel to the highest-grossing horror movie of all time – or whether New Line was going to show us anything at all (it’s still deep in production). But Wan and screenwriter Gary Dauberman – along with director Andy Muschietti, via video – introduced a behind-the-scenes package that gave fans a glimpse of the film, including a scene showing the reunited Losers Club (in adult-cast form!) at a Chinese restaurant.

Stephen King fans in the audience recognized the setting as the same place that a key scene in the original novel takes place, one in which Pennywise makes an appearance. We don’t think the Losers’ fortunes are going to be too promising. Muschietti warned the crowd that they would need to “bring your adult diapers” when the movie opens in theaters next Fall.

The Curse of La Llorona Looks Like Another Terrifying Haunted Family Flick

Arguably the biggest response of the night was for footage shown from next April’s Wan-produced The Curse of La Llorona (up until now titled The Children). The movie stars Linda Cardellini as a 1970s social worker who discovers some eerie similarities between the happenings around a family she is investigating and the happenings around her own.

It is based on a figure from Latin folklore, La Llorona, a weeping woman who drowned her own kids and is now an apparition who terrorizes anyone who crosses her path. Co-stars Raymond Cruz and Patricia Velasquez spoke at the panel about growing up and hearing stories about the creepy figure; Cruz said “we were scared s–tless with La Llorona.”

The audience on Wednesday night saw a chunk of footage from the movie, and if the screams and applause were anything to go by, this is one to watch. The Curse of La Llorona is released April 19, 2019.

New Footage From The Nun Comes With a Terrifying Side of Real-Life Faceless Worshippers

Director Corin Hardy and actresses Taissa Farmiga and Ingrid Bisu were on hand to present footage from upcoming Conjuring spinoff, The Nun. But it was the dozens of faceless nuns who entered the theater for the presentation who really stole the show. They were every inch as scary as the Exorcist-style reel that Hardy introduced, which featured a live burial and other ghoulish goings-on.

New Line Announces a Third Annabelle Movie: “It’s Basically A Night at the Museum, with Annabelle!”

Dauberman has been busy of late (he wrote The NunIt: Chapter 2, and the first two Annabelle movies, among other projects) but he has found time to start writing Annabelle 3, which was announced at the panel. The movie will be released next July, and focuses on Annabelle’s pursuit of the Warrens’ 10-year-old daughter, Judy, after she is brought back to the ghost-hunters’ artifact room. Somehow, the doll manages to awaken the evil lurking within the other artifacts in the room.

Wan said “Annabelle basically activates all the other haunted artifacts in that room… So, it’s basically A Night at the Museum, with Annabelle!”

Be sure to check out Rotten Tomatoes’ own live event during Comic-Con, Your Opinion Sucks. It’s the ultimate fans vs. critics face off, and you can watch it live in San Diego or on video at Rotten Tomatoes.

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