The third installment of the highly celebrated ‘The Conjuring series’ and the eighth film in the Conjuring Universe horror franchise, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, was set for a September 2020 release, but the COVID-19 pandemic 19 was delayed. until June 2021 when it was released in the US and on HBO Max simultaneously. Unfortunately, it was unable to be released again in Indian theaters due to the pandemic. Since HBO Max’s release period was very short, Indian fans of the franchise have been wondering where to watch the movie, considering how they were excited and intrigued by the haunted house stories of The Conjuring (2013). and The Conjuring-2. (2016) featuring the beloved real-life couple of paranormal investigators Ed Warren and Lorraine Warren, brilliantly portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga in all of the films in the trilogy and one of the films in the Conjuring Universe franchise. Finally. Amazon Prime Video started streaming this movie on December 15, 2021, and the horror ‘fun’ has made a strong comeback in India.
As usual, the story of this movie is also based on a real life court case in 1981 where accused murderer Arne Johnson pleaded not guilty under the pretense that ‘The devil made him do it’, since He claimed that he was possessed by a demon. while the act is being committed; this type of defense declaration is the first time in the history of a court case in the United States. Ed and Lorraine Warren tested Arne because they were convinced of demonic possession and gave all their evidence in terms of captured images and videos. However, since such a premise could never have a legal basis, the defendant was found guilty and sentenced to 15-20 years in prison; but he got out of jail at the age of five because of his exemplary behavior and that he married his girlfriend while still in jail. Dry court proceedings can never be an apt subject for a horror thriller film and therefore an exciting story and script was built around the case.
The movie opens with the scariest scene in the movie and perhaps one of the scariest scenes in horror movie history. The scene depicts the exorcism of a young boy, perhaps as young as 10, named David Glatzel with the affected family, Ed and Lorraine, and the exorcist present. The chaotically horrifying events that follow are better observed than explained, with the result that Ed is injured and has a heart attack, while Arne Johnson’s character (played by Ruairi O’Connor), David’s older sister’s boyfriend , Debbie Glatzel (played by Sarah Catherine), looks into the eyes of the violent David and invites the demon to leave David and possess him, which, unbelievably, happens. From my experience with horror movies this is a new twist as it raises a few questions: it seems to make the role of exorcists rather dubious and a demon or ghost supposedly possessing someone for a definite purpose and therefore So why should I leave your place? precious victim! Anyway, this was needed as a prologue for the real-life Arne Johnson to murder someone and face trial.
As compared to the earlier absolutely absorbing and tension-filled two films of the trilogy the third one lacks a flow of storytelling which is hampered by flashbacks, jerk-cuts and scenes left half-treated, jumping to other scenes and then coming back to the To form. This can be interpreted as the director’s stylistic treatment, but it doesn’t help the storytelling considering the continuous participation of viewers. For example, Ed Warren, who suffered a heart attack, probably rested for about a month (not clearly indicated) during which the demon in Arne preferred not to do anything heinous. However, just as Ed recovers with a telepathic dream, he contacts Lorraine to warn the police of an impending tragedy at the home of Arne’s employer and landlord. And inevitably, Arne, in a sudden burst of possessiveness, murders the owner and is arrested by the police.
Now comes the true turning point of the story: Lorraine, with her super-intuitive and psychic powers, envisions a grim connection between Arne’s act and the murder-suicide of two girls in recent days. Police had yet to find the body of the second girl who allegedly killed her friend in a similar attack of demonic possession and then committed suicide. Then, for the first time in the history of the trilogy, the police join the investigations with the paranormal help of Ed and Lorraine, eventually finding the submerged body of the second girl as Lorraine guides them through a world of lights and dramatically designed shadows. scene, eminently worth seeing.
With the ‘connection’ confirmed, Lorraine and Ed revisit David’s house, and Lorraine discovers a witch totem pole in the house’s underground chambers, full of rats. The occult practices angle enters here, again for the first time, and Lorraine, convinced the connection works both ways and is in the process of completing a curse involving more murder, begins her search for the source of the evil. whether she was an evil spirit or an evil human with supernatural powers should be avoided here, lest he become a saboteur. While the first half of the movie is very engaging and full of tension, the second half becomes quite predictable. The climax, unfortunately, fails to thrill viewers.
But the film is worth watching thanks to the intense performances, as usual, by the pair, Wilson and Farmiga, and also the scares that appear when you don’t expect them and don’t come when you expect them, keeping viewers on their toes, in particular a terrifying episode. delicious scene of David jumping on a bubbly mattress as if he were filled with water and then something unexpected happens to him. The sequel, different from the other two mentioned above, reminds us of a brilliant South Korean horror-mystery-thriller film ‘The Wailing’ which we wrote about recently.
‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ is not directed by James Wan, who created the Conjuring Universe horror franchise with Warner Bros Entertainment’s Atomic Monster Productions and New Line Cinema, completing 20-year efforts led by Tony DeRosa -grund. and his team to make a series of films about the supernatural case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren, and directing the first film in the ‘The Conjuring’ franchise in 2013. The enormous commercial success of the first adventure led to the production of sequels. of supernatural horror and prequels one after another: Annabelle in 2014, The Conjuring-2 in 2016, Annabelle Creation in 2017, The Nun in 2018, The Curse of La Llorona in 2019, Annabelle Comes Home in 2019 and The Conjuring: The Devil Made I Do It in 2021; the latter is directed by Michael Chaves, who made his directorial debut with a film in the franchise, ‘The Curse of La Llorona.’ The Conjuring Universe has become the second highest grossing horror franchise in Hollywood history and one of the most critically acclaimed. Almost all of the eight films have been huge commercial successes around the world with positive to mixed reviews. The franchise is currently working on two more horror films: the first will be titled ‘The Crooked Man’ and the title of the second film, which is reported to be a sequel to ‘The Nun’, is yet to be announced.