Thanks to Universal Pictures for the chance to see ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It ’ before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is the third instalment of this immensely popular horror franchise. The film is based on one of the cases of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The film stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as the husband and wife team. As paranormal investigators, the Warrens were associated with prominent cases of hauntings in America, most famously The Amityville Hauntings.
Based on a true story, the film centres on the trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson who murdered his landlord. The trail was the first known court case in the United States where the defendant denied personal responsibility for the crime, based on the claim he was demonically possessed. With Johnson in custody, the Warrens hunt for a Satanist they believe is responsible for invoking the demon spirit that led Johnson to murder.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is the 8th instalment in the Conjuring Universe and succeeds in delivering what audiences love most about the franchise. The film is a big cinematic production, with elaborate sets and action sequences that surpass the scale of the previous films. This makes the film a worthy cinematic experience.
A positive aspect of the film is that it is grounded in the relationship between Ed and Loraine Warren and the deep spiritual bond they have, which is crucial to the film’s climactic ending.
Although The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It examines the reasons behind Arne Johnson’s crime, the film is unable to deliver a compelling backstory. The film defers to an unrealistic cartoonish villain as the cause of Johnson’s demonic possession, without justifying why he was chosen as the target.
The film does deliver some disturbing moments however, true horror fans may be left disappointed as the film has less jump scares compared to the past Conjuring films.
Although not the best film of the series, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It makes for an entertaining and enjoyable night at the movies.