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[Featured image courtesy TheConjuring2.com]

There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile.
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

With one sequel and three spinoffs, The Conjuring (2013) has officially become a movie universe. Along with 2016’s direct sequel The Conjuring 2, three spinoff characters from those films are now starring in their own movies.

Demonic doll Annabelle received her own movie in 2014. Last October, New Line Cinema announced that creepy-portrait-turned-menacing-ghost The Nun will hit theaters in 2018, starring Damien Bichir and directed by Corin Hardy.  This week we learned the identity of the next supporting scare promoted to feature player in the Conjuring-verse – The Crooked Man.

Annabell is just like the Elf on the Shelf, but creepy and murderous. Image courtesy Annabelle official Facebook page.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, James Wan and Peter Safran will be producing the film. Mike Van Waes will be creating a scirpt from Wan’s story idea. No director or stars were announced by New Line.

The Crooked Man first appeared in The Conjuring 2 as an unsettling zoetrope toy, then as a menacing skeletal man. Believe it (or not), the Crooked Man rhyme refers to events in 17th century history involving the unification of Scotland and England. The last line (and they all lived together in a crooked little house) supposedly refers to the rocky relationship between Scotland and England after unification.

The Nun – yet another delightful resident of the Ed & Elaine Warren Souvenir Room. Image coutresy The Conjuring Official Facebook page.

However … if you need to see a movie about that menacing rail-thin fellow today, you are in luck, horror movie fans.

Last year Syfy kicked off its annual “31 Days of Halloween” with a direct to television movie called (you guessed it) The Crooked Man. You can read the SciFi4Me review here.

While it’s not a landmark of horror by any stretch of the imagination, this version does a pretty effective job taking the original rhyme and using  it in a “Bloody Mary” sleepover game gone very wrong setup. (I also gave main characters in this Crooked Man credit for actually using their brains at the end to dispose of the titular villain.)

If you’re so inclined, Syfy’s version of The Crooked Man is available on multiple streaming platforms including Vudu, iTunes, FandangoNOW, and Amazon.

The Crooked Man on Syfy featured characters who used their brains to defeat evil (for once). Image courtesy Syfy.

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