Concerning the demon Valek from THE CONJURING 2, here’s what James Wan posted on his Instagram account this past week: “Here’s my first design of the demonic entity haunting the family and Lorraine. Aaron Sims (concept designer) and myself took inspiration from our Dracula design for a movie I was attached to a long time ago called Castlevania. @justin.raleigh/Fractured FX built an awesome animatronic suit, and we were going to augment it with CGI wings. But alas, during editing, I deemed this beautifully designed/sculpted horned demon too out of left-field for the film…It needed to be more grounded and personal—something that would take Lorraine’s faith and try to test/corrupt it. I remember the real-life Lorraine Warren talking about her love and reverence for her nun friends, and a lightbulb went off…the Demon Nun was born. So we went back and replaced all the Horned Demon with the Nun during additional photography.”
I get why they made that decision, and the Nun ended up working extremely well. Still, it’s a shame they didn’t get to use the original design. Check that sucker out. That’s gorgeous, innit? And did you catch where he said it was originally supposed to be a design for a Dracula character?
They need to concoct another movie and give this critter its own shot at stardom. Maybe, oh, I dunno…a Dracula movie?!