The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It Review: Serviceable Scares Lead to a Pulse-Pounding Finale
The Conjuring 3 continues the theatrical case file adaptations of famous paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The third film in the franchise and the eighth chapter overall in The Conjuring Universe it is based on a 1981 murder trial in which the defense used demonic possession as an alibi. Satanic rituals, grotesque warps, and a better-than-expected villain provide useful scares for the dedicated fanbase. The film lasts a long time during the second act, but returns to basic horror tropes for a fast-paced ending.
The incantation: the devil made me do it It begins with the 1980 exorcism of the young David Glatzel (Julian Hilliard) in Brookfield, Connecticut. Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) lead the ritual as the boy’s family watches in terror. David’s sister, Debbie (Sarah Catherine Hook), and her boyfriend, Arne (Ruairi O’Connor), hold him down as he writhes horribly. The devil does not give up easily; attacking Ed and flooding Lorraine’s mind with strange visions. When David returns to normal, everyone breathes a sigh of relief.
Months later Debbie and Arne moved into a dog kennel together. Ed recovers from the ordeal with a stalwart Lorraine by his side. But remember a critical moment lost in the exorcism of David. An Arne covered in blood is found by the police walking uncomprehendingly down the road. He has committed a savage murder, but does not remember the fact. Ed and Lorraine believe that Arne was possessed by the same demon that took control of David. They don’t understand why Arne showed no signs of possession when questioned by the police. Arne is on trial for murder and the death penalty looms. As the Warrens delve into David’s exorcism, they come to a terrifying conclusion. An unknown enemy has unleashed a curse with a satanic target.
The devil is in the details, and the movie has a surprisingly fastidious approach. The mystery at its core has the Warrens hitting the road to investigate a similar event. Vera Farmiga takes center stage with her psychic abilities. These scenes would look ridiculous with a lesser actress. Farmiga sells her fear and solves much more than previous installments. I think the filmmakers wanted tangible depth for their main characters. The Warrens have to be taken seriously or the whole premise falls apart. The franchise evolves giving them more solid exposure.
The fear factor is not revolutionary. Every dark corner, every pause in the music, and every head-on headshot is a clear sign of mistrust. That said, director Michael Chaves (The Curse of La Llorona), improves with his second turn in The Conjuring Universe. Your camera placement and editing options have been refined. The Exorcism, Arne in Prison, and The Warrens in the Woods stand out as more cinematic than previous films. It is a remarkable and appreciated improvement in quality.
Most horror fans will like it The Conjuring 3, but I can see where some may find fault. They could make an exception to the investigative aspects and focus on the Warrens’ relationship. Here’s a romantic element that reinforces your bond as a couple. My opinion is that it makes the protagonists realistic and personable. I’d rather support the characters than watch a wall-to-wall bloodbath of mindless death. The incantation: the devil made me do it It is produced by New Line Cinema and James Wan’s Atomic Monster Productions. Warner Bros. will have a simultaneous theatrical release and HBO Max on June 4.
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