The Conjuring is acknowledged as a true horror classic and a must-watch for any and all horror fans. There are many spinoffs, and sequels and while some do a great job expanding and exploring others can be quite lackluster. However, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do it, is nowhere close to the latter, it isn’t the strongest of the main storylines, however, it is a seamless entry that provides a few scares while opening doors and exploring other possibilities than just the expected demonic possession.
“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” hits theaters and HBO Max this week
The story focuses on The Warrens (Patrick Wilson, & Vera Farmiga) and an exorcism that has taken a hold on a small-town family. This time the haunting is the result of a curse that was placed on a boy. The Warrens are now on the hunt to find the origins of the curse. The chemistry between Patrick & Vera is undeniable, and very evident as this third installment really dives deeper into their relationship and bond. The two investigate a paranormal possession of a young boy which later leads to a grisly murder. There are twists and turns along the way but really the charm is as I stated The Warren’s relationship. I mention that again as it seems this angle takes center stage and is more the focus than the horror surrounding the pair.
My friend and I were able to attend a private screening of the film with local actors Paul Wilson and Eugenie Bondurant. Paul played Carl Glaztel, the father of the family while Eugenie plays The Occultist, the antagonist of the film. They both did a wonderful job and provided some insight on the filming and reshoots that took place as late as February of this year. Adding a chilling story of onset spookiness regarding an unplugged lamp that stayed lit. Apparently, the reshoots helped sculpt the third act into a cat & mouse game, which actually made this entry slightly different than the other entries.
The Devil Made Me Do it may not stand out like the previous entries to The Conjuring Series. The tone and tension were on par with the previous two films however, the scare attempts were rare. Eugenie Bondurant, who played The Occultist, was a formidable foe to go against Lorraine and was a welcome human antagonist to go along with the looming paranormal presence. There was not a single underwhelming performance as the entire cast fully committed to bringing their best. This entry tried to move away from the haunted house and bring a fresh story however felt restricted by the true events of the actual story.
All in all the film is an entertaining entry and in my opinion, will go down as one of the best horror trilogies to date however this film alone doesn’t quite live up to the extremely high bar set by the previous entries. I do however highly recommend it as a return to the cinema.