“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” reveals a chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.
Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) Warren, once again in the third Conjuring film, The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It. This film is the 8th of the Conjuring Universe of films, which includes teh Annabelle series, The Nun, and The Curse of Llorona. Michael Chaves took over the directorial duties from James wan for this film. Chaves is no stranger to the series having directed the 2019 film, Curse of Llorona.
Conjuring 3 is based on the true events on the Trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson (Ruairi O’Connor), for first-degree manslaughter in the killing of his landlord, Alan Bono. The case, also known as the “Devil Made Me Do It” case, was the first known court case in the United States in which the defense sought to prove innocence based upon the defendant’s claim of demonic possession and denial of personal responsibility for the crime.
As with all the other conjuring movies this one has some pretty decent jump scares and/or pretty cool supernatural “ooga-booga” moments that’ll make your heart rate spike. The big difference here is the departure from the usual haunted house story, to a satanic Law and Order movie. The film starts off pretty strong with the Warrens trying to remove a demon from from a young boy, David Glatzel (Julian Hillard), and we see how the demonic spirit ends up in Arne’s body. Once it comes down to proving that a demon made Arne kill his landlord, the story slowly begins to slip away. The frights are timed well enough to keep you engaged in what’s going on, but at some point I just started to drift on the the main plot of the whole movie.
By the end of this evil rollercoaster I just had to say while the ride was cool, there is no way in hell you can prove demonic possession in this case. I do expect that the conjuring 3 will do well in the theaters mainly because people just have a need to be in a dark room with a bunch of other people. However since this movie is a dual release in theaters and on HBO Max, do yourself a favor and dim the living room lights load up your Max service (if you’re a subscriber) and enjoy.