THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT (2021)
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Directed by Michael Chaves. Written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick.
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While I don’t think this was a great movie–it was certainly far below the original Conjuring–I did enjoy it. In some ways it was better than Conjuring 2, which seemed more concerned with creating spin-offs.
I don’t know that centering this one on the Warrens themselves was necessarily a bad thing. It was an interesting change of pace to see them actually in peril, even if you know they won’t actually die. Besides, the shift toward the Warrens as the main focus already started in Conjuring 2, when Lorraine was being haunted by the Nun almost more so than the family was.
I might be in the minority, but I also liked that the movie was more of a mystery spread out over a larger geographical area instead of a haunting confined to one house. Likewise, the change to a human antagonist (albeit one with similar demon-y powers) was kind of neat.
I do agree that the Devil Made Me Do It was a lot ickier because it fictionalized an actual murder case, one where participants and family members are obviously still alive. Unsurprisingly, the movie doesn’t mention that the demonic possession defense was tossed by the judge almost immediately. Still, I just try to turn off my brain and enjoy these movies as works of pure fiction, accepting that the “Warrens” are not the Warrens.
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Yeah, I have a special affinity towards The Conjuring, even when it disappoints. They’re fun films. And I’m glad you liked them. This one just felt like it was too much of a departure and the promise of “the case that rocked America” was never fully realized. There are aspects of the film I liked, but I feel this series is gearing towards an end soon. Maybe they’ll finish up with Amityville. It’s got all of the right elements, but it would be interesting to see them do their most famous case, even though it is controversial as they come. One more big and bold movie would be nice from this team.