The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It Movie Review & Film Summary

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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It also known as The Conjuring 3 is a 2021 paranormal horror film directed by Michael Chaves. It is the sequel of the first movie The Conjuring which was released in 2013 and The Conjuring 2 which was released in 2016. It is the eighth movie in the Conjuring Universe.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It Movie Plot

The events in this movie happen four years after the events of Conjuring 2. The story is based on the trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, which was on a murder trial that took place in 1981 in Connecticut. Demonologist Ed and Lorraine Warren document the exorcism of a young 8 years old child, David Galtzel.

The exorcism is attended by his family, his sister Debbie, her boyfriend Arne Johnson and the Father in Brookfield, Connecticut. Due to a complication in the exorcism, Arne invites the demon to enter his body and leave David’s. This is seen by Ed just as the demon transport itself from David’s body to Arne while he suffers from a heart attack. He is immediately taken to a hospital in a comatose state without being able to warn the rest of the danger in Arne.

After a month Ed wakes up in the hospital and reveals to Lorraine that he witnessed the demon enter Arne’s body. Initially everything is seen to be alright as Arne and Debbie work normally at their apartment but Arne soon starts to feel unwell and starts seeing supernatural visions.

Under the influence of a demonic possession, he murders his landlord Bruno Sauls by stabbing him 22 times. With no knowledge whatsoever about what he did, Arne is soon arrested leading to Ed and Lorraine to get involved in the case. With the support of the Warrens, they try to prove his innocence in the murder as a victim of a demonic possession.

This soon leads to the case to become the first American murder trial to claim demonic support as a defense. This leads to an investigation by Ed and Lorraine to find out the cause of David’s original possession in order to help prove Arne’s innocence

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It Movie Cast & Characters

  • Ed Warren played by Patrict Wilson
  • Lorraine Warren played by Vera Farmiga
  • Arne Cheyenne Johnson played by Ruairi O’Connor
  • Debbie Glatzel  played by Sarah Catherine Hook
  • David Glatzel  played by Julian Hilliard
  • Father Kastner played by John Noble
  • Isla the Occultist played by Eugenie Bondurant
  • Drew Thomas played by Shannon Kook
  • Bruno Sauls played by Ronnie Gene Belvins
  • Sergeant Clay played by Keith Arthur Bolden
  • Father Gordon played by Steve Coulter
  • Father Newman played by Vince Pisani
  • Jessica Louise Strong played by Ingrid Bisu
  • Katie Lincoln played by Andrea Andrade
  • Meryle played by Ashley LeConte Campbell
  • Judy Warren played by Sterling Jerins
  • Carl Glatzel played by Paul Wilson
  • Judy Glatzel played by Charlene Amoia
  • Sergeant Thomas played by Mark Rowe
  • Jury Foreman played by Kaleka

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It Movie Review

The Conjuring Universe includes the movies following the genres of supernatural and horror. It follows the various cases that Ed and Lorraine Warren, the popular demonologist, face in their involvement in any paranormal events.

From the first movie ‘The Conjuring’ and the second movie ‘The Conjuring 2’, they both tell the real life events of the actual cases of paranormal activity that they had to deal with. The reason for the movies popularity is their unique deposition in showcasing the horror of the events in a realistic way and both the first and second installment of the Conjuring movies are pure gold in this aspect.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It Movie Review

‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’: Difference From The Prequels

This sequel ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ also follows the trend of the horror and supernatural genre of the previous movies with the key difference being in involving normal natural elements in it. Both the movies previously only dealt with the Warrens dealing with whatever demonic entity a particular family was facing with but in this third installment they also had to deal with the proceedings of the human court.

This made ‘The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It’ different from the previous two movies as the Warrens here has to deal with both the supernatural and the normal. They literally had to prove the existence of the supernatural world to the human court in order to prove the innocence of Arne Johnson.

This fusion of the Supernatural and the mundane created a unique synergy in the movie. It was particularly witty when the people who are seen to be too realistic and practical have their views changed entirely after witnessing a trinket in the vast collection of paranormal objects stored by the Warrens.

Another interesting fact about this movie is that unlike the previous movies which directly involved a demonic entity, this movie had the main antagonist of a witch who performs a ritual involving a demon. The fact that the Warrens had to face a evil human instead of a dark entity gives an entirely different feel to it as this point shows how far a human being can go and how evil one can become.

The clash between Lorraine, who has certain powerful powers and this witch with her evil powers, is certainly a point of interest here. The movie also showcases the extent of love a father has to his daughter even if they turn into an evil person.

‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’: The Bond and Affection Between Ed and Lorraine

One of the best parts of the Conjuring Universe is the bond between Ed and Lorraine. No matter how horrifying and scary a situation may be, they both would stick to each other’s back and face it head on. They have such strong love for each other that even a strong hypnotic manipulation could not break them apart.

They had a will to die if it could save the other. This is why even in so many situations where they face life threatening and evil entities, they still stand strong and prevail. This particular fact is portrayed beautifully in this movie.

‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’: Overshadowing of The Horror Aspect

On another note because of the involvement of too many mundane elements like a murder case, court processing, police investigation etc it lessened the scary factor a little that a normal Conjuring Universe movie usually had. It is still a scary movie that would certainly give anyone Goosebumps but the level of horror is a bit less compared to the previous two movies.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It Movie Critical Reception

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It has a rating of 6.3/10 based out of 81k reviews on IMDb. It has a rating of 56% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 234 reviews.

The Movie Culture Synopsis

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is truly an interesting watch in the supernatural and horror genres. Despite the fact that it is a bit less scary and focuses more on the effects of supernatural elements on the mundane world, it still catches the eye as you keep on watching.

By adding a certain mysterious aura to it, this movie does provide you the vibe of wanting to know more. Thus to conclude, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do is certainly a worthy watch and a good addition to the entire The Conjuring Universe.