The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It Explained: What’s Up With the Ending?

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

Genre horror
Directed by Michael Chavez
Cast Vera Farmiga (Lorraine Warren), Megan Ashley Brown (young Lorraine Warren), Patrick Wilson (Ed Warren), Mitchell Hug (young Ed Warren), Sterling Jerins (Judy Warren), Ruairi O’Connor (Cheyenne Johnson), Sarah Catherine Hook (Debbie Glatzel), Julian Hilliard (David Glatzel), Charlie Amoira (Judy Glatzel), Ronnie Jean Blevins (Alan Bono), Shannon Cooke (Drew Thomas) and others.
Studios New Line Cinema, Atomic Monster, The Safran Company
Release year 2021
Site IMDb

Of the large number of horror films that scare with otherworldly phenomena, it is worth highlighting films from The Conjuring Universe. Almost all the films that come out within the framework of this media franchise are seriously frightening with sharp jumps from the darkness. And almost always quite effectively pump up the atmosphere with loud music, darkly shaking the silence before the appearance of ghosts. If you want cinematic entertainment that will make the viewer 100% afraid, then you just need to get out to the evening session of the next portion of The Conjuring.

The most recent film release of the franchise was the horror film The Conjuring 3: By the Will of the Devil, which was directed by Michael Chavez, the director of the horror film The Curse of La Llorona. The script was based on a real trial in the state of Connecticut, which took place in 1981. Defendant Arne Johnson, accused of brutal murder, denied guilt, justifying himself with the phrase “the devil made me do it.” The case attracted media attention – reports were written and filmed about it, and paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren publicly supported the version of possession.

The film sees the return of Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as Lorraine and Ed for the third time portraying a couple who specialize in recognizing demonic manifestations. Somehow the actors manage to adequately work in the horror genre, creating likable characters in their own way, even though absurd things happen around them. But neither Farmiga nor Wilson ever outplay. This is probably one of the reasons why the writers of the third “Conjuring” give these characters more time to reveal their affection for each other and show how the couple met thirty years ago. To my great joy, there are no frenzied ghosts and big-eyed dolls in the flashback – these are just short romantic episodes from the past.


If this all sounds too cheesy, don’t worry that the movie has turned into a regular drama. The standard scenes by which The Conjuring Universe knocks out a frightened cry from the viewer will also be here (although, compared with the previous parts of the farnshiza, there are fewer frightening moments). The film begins with an exorcism procedure – the Warrens, with the help of a priest, are trying to expel a demon from the body of a little boy. The creature inside the child turns out to be very strong (visually nothing new, everything here is like in classic horror, but with improved graphics) – an evil spirit provokes a heart attack in Ed and moves into the body of a guy named Arne (the same one who will appear after some time before the court).


Another surprise of the film is that horror is not limited to one location (usually a house where creepy things happen). Paranormal investigators of the Warrens notice that someone is controlling a demon, and they decide to find this person before another tragedy occurs. So “The Conjuring 3” is transformed into a simplified version of the detective, and the characters move from the police station to the morgue, trying to find clues. But even here the creators do not forget that they are making a horror movie. The main character periodically has rather unpleasant visions that invigorate the relaxed viewers. And so it will be throughout the film – constant jumps from calm moments of light to scenes with immersion in darkness.


Simply put, this is still a scary horror movie, two hours of which an overly impressionable viewer will not endure (the timing is really too much, even for those who are used to horror). But as for another film from The Conjuring Universe, it has interesting moments that bring something new to the franchise. For example, a love story. And the murder scene, the soundtrack to which suddenly becomes the rhythmic song Blondie – Call Me.

Pros: Starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson; transition from light scenes to gloomy episodes; new elements – investigation and flashbacks in the days of youth of the main characters Cons: too long timing; fewer scary moments

quite tense, but definitely not the scariest film from The Conjuring Universe franchise. But, perhaps, the most sincere.

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