The Conjuring : The Devil made me do it (2021) Review Good things come in threes

Reviewed by: Chris Hammond

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Director: Michael ChavesWriters: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick(screenplay by)James Wan(story by)Chad Hayes(based on characters created by)
Stars: Patrick Wilson Vera Farmiga Ruairi O’Connor

In the third installment of the “Conjuring”, Ed and Lorraine Warren bring their paranormal expertise to a court of law. They do their damndest to offer their help in proving Satanism is real. It’s up to the court and viewers to decide if it is.

The Conjuring films follow Ed and Lorraine Warren throughout their journey through paranormal cases in which they try to help families being terrorized by dark presences. The Audience must buy into these “Real Life” events (in which Directors like James Wan) take liberties with the provided materials. Viewers must also believe in the Religious undertones involving Christianity and the struggle between good and evil. The Conjuring: The Devil made me do it is based more on reality than the other films are. There are more real-life struggles than in the other films. The jump scares are replaced with dialogue and more story than scares (although the film may scare viewers to their core when the lights lift and they are left to their own thoughts).

This time around “Curse of La Llorona” director Michael Chaves takes the director seat. The film opens at a fast pace when Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) attempt to free an 8-year-old David Glatzel from possession of the demonic sort. The boy is freed but evil finds a way to linger on, this time taking over a family friend of the Glatzels in Arne Johnson (Ruairi O’Connor). This possession starts to take hold of Johnson and leads to murder at his hands and incarceration. The Warrens have the uphill battle to prove the young man’s innocence due to a Satanic curse.

The film is based on real events (just like The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2). This film is based on the Trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, also known as the “Devil Made Me Do It” case. The real-life events took place on November 24, 1981, in Brookfield, Connecticut.

The Conjuring “The Devil made me do it” skews reality adding that film magic touch that brings more movie excitement than reality to the screen. This is of course entertainment, so don’t expect a documentary based on fact, but more so fiction. This isn’t a bad thing as the two leads Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga have undeniable chemistry and help the film keep on track. Some of the situations are ludicrous and beyond belief, but overall this is a solid film and very different from the previous outings. The jump scares are traded in for a more religious tone, which may turn people off. Don’t fret though there are scares, these scares aren’t as in your face and far and few between.

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