Talitha Bateman, playing the leading role as Janice, is the older sister of Gabriel Bateman, who starred in Lights Out. Lights Out was the feature film directorial debut of Annabelle Creation's director, David Sandberg.
The bulk of the film takes place in 1955, 12 years before the events of the first film. The opening scene is set in 1943.
This is the first Conjuring-related film in which Ed and Lorraine Warren are not featured or mentioned in any way.
Originally scheduled to be released on May 19, 2017, but was moved to August 11, 2017 to avoid competition with Alien: Covenant (2017).
The doll that the Higgins' gave to Janice when they visited her at the orphanage is the actual look of the "Raggedy Ann" doll.
-Edward Warren Miney (September 7, 1926 - August 23, 2006) and Lorraine Rita Warren (née Moran, born January 31, 1927) are a Roman Catholic couple who were highly controversial American paranormal investigators and authors associated with prominent cases of hauntings which are the basis for these movies. According to the Warrens, in 1970, two roommates claimed their Raggedy Ann doll was possessed by the spirit of a young girl named Annabelle Higgins. The Warrens took the doll, telling the roommates it was "being manipulated by an inhuman presence", and put it on display at the family's "Occult Museum". The 2014 film Annabelle directed by John R. Leonetti is loosely based on the doll's supposed history, while the opening scene to The Conjuring (2013) is a direct adaptation of the Warrens' alleged experience with the doll.
David F. Sandberg was initially reluctant to direct the film, due to his general dislike of horror sequels. He changed his mind when it was clear he would be making a standalone prequel, with no major obligations to connect it to the larger franchise beyond a few brief references to the other films.
Some Stephen King fans went to this movie only to see the four-minute clip from It (2017) that played before the movie.
Takes place in 1958, 12 years before Annabelle (2014) which took place in 1970. The film opening takes place in 1946.