***WARNING This Article Has Spoilers for Annabelle: Creation***
Hitting theaters this weekend is the latest in the shared universe of The Conjuring films, Annabelle: Creation, and for those of you willing to stick around through the entire credits, you'll be treated with a nice tease.
Last week, director David F. Sandberg teased audiences about the sequence with a message he posted on Twitter.
Yes. A little mid credit thing and then another thing after all the credits. https://t.co/NV7kmwFuXe— David F. Sandberg (@ponysmasher) August 3, 2017
Interestingly, the director made sure to point out that the sequences in question weren't his idea, but potentially came from the studio's directives.
The post credit scene wasn't my idea, no. But I like it.— David F. Sandberg (@ponysmasher) August 3, 2017
Now that the film is in theaters, you can check out the sequences for yourselves, but for those of you who are just dying to know what he meant, scroll down.
A Familiar Face
Once the events of the film have wrapped up and the credits have finished rolling, fans who have seen The Conjuring 2 will be treated to a familiar face looming from the darkness.
In a shot that looks down a candle-lined hallway (a cathedral?), the candles begin to flicker and go out, and a figure floats out from the darkness. That figure is the demonic nun that tormented Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring 2, with this scene reminding audiences that we'll be getting The Nun spinoff movie next summer.
It's not hard to imagine the studio wanting it's own Marvel-style button scene system for its various Conjuring spinoffs - and that's exactly what we got.
The post-credits scene isn't the only appearance The Nun has in Annabelle: Creation, as she plays a pivotal role in other sequences during the film:
The first time we see demonic Nun is early on, when the kindly Sister Charlotte (Stephanie Sigman) is moving her orphan girls into the house of Samuel (Anthony LaPaglia) and Esther (Miranda Otto) Mullins. Sister Charlotte keeps a photo of her best friends from the convent where she trained, and Mr. Mullins notices something strange about that photo: When tilted away from the light, a dark shadow behind the happy nuns in the picture reveals the chalky white face of the demonic nun, lurking close by.
The implication is that this particular demon is tied to Sister Charlotte and her personal history - which would explain why the good nun is able to later confront and trap the Annabelle demon.
Honor Among Demons
The second time the Nun appears, it's more of a direct contact: After being fully crippled by the Annabelle demon, young Janice (Talitha Bateman) is sitting in the yard of the Mullins' house, solemnly trying to adjust to her new reality of being in a wheel chair. Suddenly, a figure with chalky hands and legs, dressed in a Nun's outfit is behind Janice, and wheels her into the nearby barn. Locked in that dark place, Janice is finally fully possessed by the black and yellow-eyed demon pretending to be the ghost of Annabelle. It seems honor and cooperation amongst demons is a legit thing.
More About The Nun Movie
In The Nun, a priest is dispatched to investigate the mysterious death of a nun in Rome.
The priest will be played by Alien: Covenant's Demián Bichir and the demonic nun will once again by played by Bonnie Aarons. The film also recently cast Taissa Farmiga, younger sister of The Conjuring's Vera Farmiga, starring as a fellow nun. Hope is slated to play the character Sister Victoria, a nun who is plagued by a demonic presence.
Check out Annabelle: Creation, in theaters now.