The Demon That Might Have Been

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?!

By The Evil Cheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at


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