Alas, we return to The Conjuring Universe to dive into another sinister paranormal investigation with Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga).
Based on real events, the couple must investigate a young murder suspect who claims demonic possession as a defense, forcing the dynamic duo beyond anything they’ve ever experienced before.
I must admit, I was weary of this installment without James Wan’s direction (he is a modern-day horror wizard, after all). And although this is the weakest of the trio, it is still interesting enough to keep you watching…well, for the most part.
But then again, may I remind you that I find this franchise interesting because they are based on real events, and well, I’m a weirdo.
However, horror fans, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, is not as chilling nor as terrifying as its predecessors. There are no creepy nuns or crazy zoomed jump scares…or jump scares at all, for that matter. It’s rather disappointing.
In fact, despite its gnarly opening sequence, a majority of the film is more like an eerie detective show on HBO than anything else. It’s disappointing and I don’t really know where the franchise will go from here, unless Wan comes back with a totally new vision that brings these stories back home.
However, what keeps me invested in this franchise are its protagonists played by Wilson and Farmiga. Their strong performances are the heart and soul of these stories and let’s be real, they’re pretty damn adorable when they’re not being chased around by gnarly corpses and wicked demons.
Like. Guys. You have to admit, that ending was pretty damn cute. I want what the Warrens have…except you know, the room of demonic items and having direct contact with so many crazies.
Final Thoughts: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is not scary or suspenseful. But if the Devil makes you watch it, you’ll survive, you’ll just be disappointed.