The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It – Movie Review
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Cook, Julian Hilliard
Directed by: Michael Chaves
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is out in theatres now.
Ed and Lorraine Warren are back in The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, and this time they are in Connecticut (generally a pretty creepy place by all accounts). The pair have been called to offer their expertise on the case of David Glatzel, a young boy who is the victim of demonic possession…and he isn’t the only one. This case has dug its claws deep. Ed and Lorraine must work against an impending curse and save as many as they can…themselves included.
I Swear to God the Devil Made Me Do It
As always within the franchise, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is based on a true story. Well, in the loosest possible terms. The story of David Glazel and Arne Johnson is fascinating from both a paranormal and legal perspective. The tagline of the film “The demonic case that shocked America” isn’t joking – it really was that revolutionary. If you want to learn more then I highly recommend one of my favourite podcasts that covers the case. Obviously, if you want to go into the movie with no spoilers, listen to that afterwards. Then, I think, you’ll realise that The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It takes what could well be a movie in its own right and uses it as a springboard into a whole new story.
Farmiga and Wilson’s chemistry is quite the driving force behind this story. In fact, it’s easy to leave the cinema thinking you have just watched a scary Romantic Thriller. Then again, I’d had a glass of wine so I thought that was great. The pair work well alongside one another and honestly, you’d be hard pushed not to have a tear in your eye at the end (could well be the wine again, but c’mon, I’m not that heartless). Ruairi O’Connor as Arne Johnson is a great choice. Arne was the guy all parents would have wanted their daughter to end up with, according to reports from people who knew him. He’s sweet, dependable, and gives big Ross Lynch in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina energy – and O’Connor plays that innocent, doting puppy just right.
The Devil’s in the Details
Horror is a delicate beast. Too much of one thing and you can tip the scales and everything falls apart. The Devil really in in the details (and a couple of people, too). The prime example? Jump scares. Two or three well times jump scares can really make a film sing, but too many and even I stop feeling the fright, and that is really saying something. Too many jump scares can cheapen the plot of a film and make it feel as though there wasn’t enough faith in the horror of the story to make the project float. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It treads the line and wavers. There are jump scares a plenty, and it would only take a couple more to push this film over the edge.
The thing holding The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It by the collar as it teeters is the intrigue. Really, it’s all a big whodunnit, and you can forgive a couple of gratuitous jumps if you feel you’re getting closer to an answer. That answer, however, is not always a pleasant one.
Along the way, I must admit there are a few moments that falter and shatter the illusion. Nothing dispels fear like laughter, especially when it’s unintentional. You all know we aren’t big on spoilers here, and “spoilers without context” are just as frustrating – let us know once you have watched it and I bet you’ll know which parts I mean. It has made me reconsider my long-held opinion that there is no such thing as a bad time for Blondie.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Review It
Overall, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is…well…fine. It’s a fun movie with entertaining characters and Vera Farmiga wearing awesome clothes. It feels like this instalment was right on the cusp of something great, but just didn’t quite get there. If the focus lay firmly on the David Glatzel and Arne Johnson case, I feel like we could have had a great film on our hands – it just wouldn’t have been The Conjuring. As is often the case, you’ll do better if you forget the whole real thing ever happened.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is a movie you’d show someone who isn’t a horror fan to try and convince them to watch the other film in the franchise. It’s absolutely not bad, and if you’re planning on a cinema trip you could certainly do worse. Just remember kids, don’t speak directly to demons, yeah?
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