The Real History of Valak, Demon Nun in The Conjuring 2

The True History of Valak: Everything You Need to Know About the Real Demon From The Conjuring 2

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If you’re anything like me you’ve wasted no time rushing to the theater to see the latest instalment of The Conjuring, which sees Ed and Lorraine Warren jetting off to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding the Enfield Poltergeist, one of the most famous and well-documented cases of paranormal activity of all time. In the film, the duo come face to face with a very specific demon, but is Valak just a Hollywood concoction, or based on an actual entity?

It goes without saying, but if you read on below the trailer, you’re going to get some spoilers.

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If you know anything about the real life Enfield investigation, you’ll know that the movie adaptation of the famous case took quite a few liberties, the most obvious one being our introduction to the demon Valak. Well, it turns out that Valak is, in fact, a real demon, one that the creators of The Conjuring franchise have added into the mix as a way to link both the Enfield and Amityville stories together.

While it’s true that the Warrens did investigate Amityville, and it’s also true that they did spend a few days meeting the the actual investigators of the Enfield Poltergeist, as far as we know neither of these cases have anything to do with Valak in real life. So who, exactly, was this demon, and why were they dressed like a nun?

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According to the demon conjurer’s go-to guide, The Lesser Key of Solomon, a 17th century grimoire that acts a kind of Yellowpages of Hell, Valak (or Ualac, Valac, Valax, Valu, Valic, Volac) is none other than the Great President of Hell. Generally speaking, he’s hot shit in the demon world. Often depicted as riding a two-headed dragon and commanding 30 legions of demons, he takes on the visage of a small child with wings, which if you ask me, would have been way more terrifying than a nun in corpse paint.

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Valak’s skill set also amounts to a lot more than floating legos around the room and spinning crosses. Even today, he’s often invoked by magical practitioners who are looking to find “true answers of hidden treasures”. He’s also known as being quite strong and not opposed to sharing that strength with those worthy of calling upon him. Not worthy? Well then, I’d hate to be you, because Valak will probably ruin your life, which happens a lot slower than it does in the movies.

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So what did Valak have to do with Amityville, Enfield, and The Warrens? Nothing. James Wan, the film’s director, says he intended the demon to be a premonition for the Enfield Poltergeist case, with no relation to the paranormal activity happening in 112 Ocean Avenue.

“She’s got nothing to do with Amityville. At all,” he told to reporters.

Most likely, the demon was introduced as a wholly original way for The Conjuring to bridge the Amityville and Enfield cases together in a semi-cohesive way, as the rights to The Amityville Horror are owned by another company, making any popularized connection to Jay Anson’s book or the horror films based on it a no-go.

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But the biggest question of all: why is Valak presented to us as a late 90s representation of Marilyn Manson? You can thank James Wan and the real-life Lorraine Warren for that. While the name of the Big Bad had been decided upon early on in the process, Wan still hadn’t settled upon the actual design of the demon until the 11th hour. While speaking to Lorraine in passing one day, she mentioned that she had once encountered a swirling vortex with a dark, hooded figure at the center. That bit of information was translated into the demonic nun, which, believe it or not, was added to the story in a series of re-shoots.

“I had a strong outlook on the whole movie, but the one thing I wasn’t quite sure of [was the design of the demon character],” James Wan explained to io9. “I felt like I was still discovering it. And believe it or not, I always knew that I was going to do additional photography. So I was saving it because I was hoping I’d discover what that thing would look like as I was putting the movie together in post-production.”

Here’s hoping that if Valak makes an appearance in future films they’ll ditch the nun and give us some nightmares of winged children from hell instead.

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Managing editor, occult museum curator, and paranormal TV junkie, Dana has been actively investigating the strange and the unexplained for two decades. When she’s not telling ghost stories or penning articles about real haunted places, she's chasing mysteries with Planet Weird. Learn more about Dana.
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7 months 2 days ago

All I see is Marilyn Manson.

7 months 2 days ago

Me too!

Hargoat
6 months 23 hours ago

hahahaha mee toooo yess !!

7 months 2 days ago

I have seen hundreds of horror movies and I am pretty much unfazed by them. But that nun scares the crap out of me, I have no clue why but it freaks me out so much that it has kept me awake at nite

6 months 15 days ago

Yeah me too. …..

eleanor perry
6 months 11 days ago

I just didn’t think it was scary. Just daft.

vicky
2 months 18 days ago

but the way that nun came behind the picture and ran towards lorrain was funny :v

7 months 1 day ago

Awesome film this is how Horror films should be and the Nun,well I will not look at nuns the same anymore

Dude
4 months 18 days ago

If Valak is the President of Hell why is he bothering a 11 year old girl on England? wouldn’t he be too busy doing his Presidential duties like starting wars and poking people in the butt with his pitchfork?

Remina Kanbe
3 months 14 days ago

He got bored of his presidential duties and thought “Hey, why not screw with this family for awhile? I’ve got nothing better to do…”

7 months 2 days ago

I enjoyed the movie. Made me jump several times and I don’t get scared that easy. Thumbs up…. Awesome!!!

7 months 2 days ago

Thanks for the story , ben and I saw it and now it makes a lot more sense. Benjamin

Sam McConnich
7 months 2 days ago

Will you do a discussion on the Warren’s history of…taking LARGE liberties with their socalled investigations?

Jan
6 months 26 days ago

You are a ass

Jan
6 months 26 days ago

I should of text azz, sorry about that. The original poster as know idea what they are talking about. I met The Warrens at a paranormal convention several years back. They are real not as they put it ‘so called investigations’!

Alex
6 months 21 days ago

And all the critics and skeptics come to the yard to unite. Haha. LOL. Skeptics outed them for what they believed in. People have stuck by their story many times, proving it’s real.

Let them have their fun now, Lorraine Warren isn’t doing anymore paranormal activities in hauntings.

And if you think they charged for their haunting cases they took, they did not. They funded their lifestyle purely on the Late Ed Warren’s art skills and paintings.

Draconis
6 months 25 days ago

The Warrens were outed MANY times, as far back as the 90’s, as charlatans.

Phil
6 months 24 days ago

Outed by whom: their critics? That being said, if the seance conjured the spirit of the killer, that wouldn’t be Christian.

6 months 22 days ago

The picture is crazy because he has a cross on his chest zoom in

7 months 2 days ago

It looks like Marylin Manson.

Gerda
7 months 2 days ago

Valek the defiler? Sounds like a fun date to me LOL!!

Ven. LAMA PHUNTSOG NAMGYAL, MD/PhD-Prof. Em.
7 months 1 day ago
DID ANYONE CATCH THIS ‘SUGAR-PLUM’!?! CURIOSITY POINT…? [THO’ BEGGING THE QUESTION] Firstly, as an anecdotal aside: ‘Is that a James Wan CAMEO ‘setting-up’ the cameras in the De Feo/Lutz Amityville home at the ‘Warren-Seance’ in the beginning?? BUT! HERE IS THE REAL “ITEM”, “DID ANY ONE CATCH DEPT?”, ….Needs MUST offer a bit of BACKGROUND Germane to the Topic At Hand So BE Patient S_V_P! UNLESS YOU ARE AUTHENTICALLY PRETERNATURALLY Very ‘sharp’ I’ll Wager You’d HAVE TO SEE CONJ-2 [2X] TWICE to catch what I’m sure I SAW – SO BEAR WITH…! For me, a Teaching Physician & Prof Em.… Read more »
Emily
6 months 26 days ago

Are you on crack

psygrappler
6 months 24 days ago

OMG YES I DID at first I thought I was a little trippy but I saw it spelled out and thought hey.. Did anyone else see that ??was it on purpose?? .. Im sure it was but still.. It was pretty awesome.. Good eye mate HIFIVE

7 months 3 hours ago

Amazing and loved this movie

rod
4 months 10 hours ago

it Marylin Mason alright. Always knew he was baaddd!!!

7 months 2 days ago

Hot shit in the demon world = me no likey

Savanti Adauo
7 months 2 days ago

just wanted to escape reality for a while. Watching this did that…for 10 dollars. Beyond that, not much. Give it a C grade

James Volosin jr
6 months 22 days ago

D-

7 months 2 days ago

“real” demon

Jan
6 months 26 days ago

Exactly..Thank you!

7 months 2 days ago

It looks like Marilyn Manson. The beautiful people, ahhhh.

Mac
7 months 2 days ago

Can’t wait to see the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult this weekend at Ohio State Reformatory!

Mandy Smith
7 months 2 days ago

your crazy…is that the one Nick Goff is involved in, where recently they’ve been doing live CCT on renowned items from the museum…?? apparently even people at home when login into to watch it have been getting some real spooky Shit going on in their own homes…..
Have fun, rather you than me though….

Frogmore
6 months 26 days ago

That’s Zak you idiot.

7 months 2 days ago

donald trump outed!

Ven. LAMA PHUNTSOG NAMGYAL, MD/PhD-Prof. Em.
7 months 1 day ago

BRILLIANT SITE BTW!

Dr. NAMGYAL/Prof.-Em.
Physician-Research Neuroscience

Andrei Mateus Mancilla
7 months 1 day ago
Are you kidding man haha? We must see the BACKGROUND. So, assuming that this demon exists and writting fantastic things we must say that: 1. A demon who enter to our world never have the same powers that he has in hell. So in earth this demon only have possesion abilities and some telekinesis and metamorphosis. 2. A nun IS BY FAR too much big than a demon who ride a two head dragon. Why? Because the objetive of this demon is that his victims go crazy step by step… So he needs to transform his real aparience in a… Read more »
ashford
6 months 16 days ago

The old man wasn’t the demon- it was a spirit that was being used as a pawn by the demon.

Shane
7 months 19 hours ago

Did anyone notice in the movie @43 minutes when Lorrainee was reading her bible the bookshelf spelled out Valak?

Joeseph G
7 months 18 hours ago

Look in the kitchen too, when Ed and Lorraine are discussing going to Enfield. The daughter comes down to have breakfast or something. Valak is spelled out.

Joeseph G
7 months 18 hours ago

@Dana, I think you mean a mid 90’s Manson. Smells Like Children era (95) and Antichrist Svperstar era (96). Those two albums are wear Manson (or should I say Valak in this case) looks like Manson. By the late 90’s Manson had moved onto the “glam” look with Mechanical Animals. 1998 release. But I admire your site and whatnot. 🙂

Dawn broad
5 months 14 days ago

Mason didn’t play the demon nun some lady named Bonnie Adams did

Liang Hao
7 months 17 hours ago

Yes it’s true there is a demon named Valac, but its nothing that is portrayed in the show itself. Valac comes in a form of a young boy with wings, riding a two headed dragon and during the exorcist “done” by Lorraine Warren, she mentioned Lord of the flies, another higher demon of hell by the name of Beelzebub, which isn’t Valac. Guess James need to start doing his demonology homework.

Fernanda Sousa Fontes
7 months 10 hours ago

Well I loved the nun. Not really fond of the idea of a child with wings, the nun is way creepier

Adam Florio
6 months 26 days ago

Totally agree. Kids are over used in horror movies. I want to make that valek nun for Halloween! Oh, also I’ve met the Warrens. And have been in their artifact room. I stared at Annebelle,(Ragady Ann)thinking “Yeah right, do something.” Mr.Warren said “I wouldn’t stare at that doll if I were you.” On the way home I started to cough in the car, I had a sore throat and was sick for 3 days after.

Connor
6 months 26 days ago

How can a demon from hell be wearing religious clothing?

ozzy
6 months 21 hours ago

Lorraine mentions something about the demon expressing blasphemy by taking the shape of a religious figure. Dont really remember the exact line, but it made sense as in such movies, you often see the demons mocking the priest, turning the crosses upside down, etc..

Blasius Silalahi
7 months 4 hours ago
I come from Indonesia, I am Catholic, all things supernatural can be explained by science, because it comes from energy. Whether it’s supernatural powers, witchcraft, or what is commonly called Voodoo in Africa. Even including the Dayak supernatural was widely in Indonesia is also famous in Bali with Leak science. Energy as depicted in the Avatar movie is really happening in our lives. This energy can be used for anything, including to cure the disease, capture ghosts, and even kill the ghost itself. Sometimes not be accepted by our common sense, but it’s  real. Browse on google “Trisula Sakti” some… Read more »
Phil
6 months 29 days ago

Can you measure or replicate the spirits the energy makes present to us? There’s accidentals left by phenomena and reason based on it as to what it could be, but if science can explain them, we haven’t developed it that far.

Ched
6 months 30 days ago

If I’m not mistaken, the name Valak appears in the Warren’s home during the scene the daughter pours the Kellogg’s Froated Flakes cereal.

Fanboy
6 months 21 days ago

you’re absolutely right , i saw it too , James Wan is such a good director 🙂

alevate
6 months 20 days ago

and not only that, remember the scene where the daughter was mix and match letter bead on a bracelet and it so happen to be VALAK

6 months 29 days ago

Really love this movie

Joeseph G
6 months 29 days ago

See my comment above dude. Good eye though. I don’t know how more people didn’t notice this.

Nelson Costa
6 months 29 days ago

If Valak is president of hell, that means american already bomb hell with DEMOcracYYY

Anonymous
6 months 28 days ago

Not a ghost. Pretty sure it’s Marilyn manson.

Valaktion
6 months 28 days ago

Fucking bullshit ! Valak like a bitch

Goober McGooberstein
6 months 27 days ago

This movie was a huge disappointment. It’s predecessor was 10x better.

Mephisto Moores
6 months 26 days ago

Where can I find ed’s painting of Valak?

eric
6 months 26 days ago

I’ve read that Valek is going to be at the center of a spin-off called “Nun.” Wan is ex-producing. That is what I’ve read, not verified tho.

Vanessa
6 months 21 days ago

I loved the nun. Something about it being a nun creeps me the heck out. I would not find a little kid with wings scary.

April Fields
6 months 12 days ago

I totally agree about the nun. The nun was by far the creepiest part of the movie for me! I would love to see a movie based solely on the demonic nun.

Maz
6 months 20 days ago

I thought the nun was creepy

P.Diddley
6 months 19 days ago

Valak took the form of something he thought would cause Lorraine to blaspheme her religion, hence the demonic nun.

Tre Bishop
6 months 15 days ago

Creepy……Dude……

Riku
6 months 11 days ago
“they’ll ditch the nun and give us some nightmares of winged children from hell instead.” Well, I’ve seen almost every horror known to man kind. Can name you all the top horror movies. With that said, I think I’m qualified to say that the Demon NUN (partly because I’m christian) did creep me out. More than a small demon child with wings would have. I think the movie would have been another chapter from Insidious if James put a demon child with wings. Let him save that for Insidious which I wouldn’t mind. Valak is 10/10 and in the top… Read more »
6 months 11 days ago

Quite a good movie. They admit to adding to the story, but good none the less.

6 months 11 days ago

A very intense telling of the story for sure!

Jacob
6 months 6 days ago

Very thrilling and scary movie, shows how smart valak and demons in generally can be, they were practically following the wrong spirit the whole movie ( bill Wilkins ) or the crooked ma valak really overpowered and outsmarted them

Jacob
6 months 6 days ago

I found the first film frightning as well, Bathsheba definitely put fear in to us as well, but I think valak is a more powerful presence and any spirit that makes Lorraine shit her pants is not to be triffled with

Jacob
6 months 6 days ago

Very thrilling and scary movie, shows how smart valak and demons in generall can be, they were practically following the wrong spirit the whole movie ( bill Wilkins ) or the crooked man, valak really overpowered and outsmarted them and any spirit that makes Lorraine practically shit her pants is not to be trifled with. Conjuring and conjuring 2 were both brilliantly terrifying movies and us horror fans waiting for the next chapter………

Hector Ferreyra
6 months 4 days ago

El nombre de Valak aparece en letras doradas en la biblioteca en la escena cuando escribe su nombre en la biblia

reymart francisco
5 months 17 days ago

Ths horror movie make me jump

Dawn broad
5 months 14 days ago

The demon NUN Is NOT MARILYN MANSON ITS BONNIE ADAMS

4 months 12 days ago

Her name is Bonnie Aarons.

Wiktor
2 months 28 days ago

is very good for small childrens

7 months 2 days ago

Ewwww the Warrensssss…

anonymous
7 months 2 days ago

I think it would play off better if James Wan would use a little person for the part of Valak in future movies instead of a child. Speaking of pulling it off better. My reason is that the adult would better pull off the demonic presence better than a child and the stature of a little person would be that of a child.

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