The Conjuring has quietly created one of the most profitable and successful cinematic shared universes. Each film has set up new demonic entities to spin-off into their own films. But The Conjuring has also been the crown jewel of the franchise and usually dictated what the next film/spin-off would be.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It however does none of that.
The film is directed by Michael Chaves, with a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick from a story by Johnson-McGoldrick and James Wan. The film serves as a sequel to The Conjuring (2013) and The Conjuring 2 (2016), and as the eighth installment in the Conjuring Universe. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise their roles as paranormal investigators and authors Ed and Lorraine Warren, with Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, and Julian Hilliard also starring. Wan and Peter Safran return to produce the film, which is based on the trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, a murder trial that took place in 1981 Connecticut.
With true crime stories flooding streaming services and podcasts, The Devil Made Me Do It should have been a home run. But unlike another similar true crime story, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Conjuring 3 story chooses to ignore the trial almost completely in favor of an antagonist that was created for the film.
This was an odd choice since the trial itself is a well known case that had enough intrigue behind it to make for a good film. The film’s antagonist which is a crazed devil worshipping occultist, is not only the weakest villain of the franchise but it also doesn’t produce any good scares or set anything up for future films.
The film also comes across as too polished. The previous Conjuring films always felt grimy and created a sense dread. The problem with this film is that it didn’t feel real. The story felt like it had to devote a ton of time to an antagonist that detracted more from the true crime story than added to it. Not to mention, it was just boring overall.
In conclusion, The Conjuring 3 adds too much to a true crime story that didn’t need anything added on. It’s a missed opportunity of a film that is a very forgettable entry in the Conjuring franchise.
This is one entry in the Conjuring franchise that needs a clean shot in the head, absolutely Turrible…