Horror Review: The Conjuring 3 – The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)

The Warrens investigate a murder that may be linked to a demonic possession.

I’m a big fan of “The Conjuring” franchise and have been looking forward to seeing this for a long time.

Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic we had to wait longer than it was originally scheduled, as we know it was the same for a lot of release dates but finally the wait came to an end for fans and the highly anticipated wait for fans was over.

Once again the films story is based on a real life event, it’s based on the story of Arne Cheyenne Johnson who killed his landlord in 1981. The film-makers said they wanted to try and move away from the confines of a haunted home and I think it was a smart idea to help move the franchise forward.

The problem is that this is the first “Conjuring” film not to feature James Wan in the directors chair and sadly it shows, Director Michael Chaves did an alright job but you feel it could’ve been much better. James Wan has a magic touch with with these films and you could tell it was obviously lacking here.

For me the film lacked the tension of the previous films, the story isn’t as solid either, in fact some complained there was too much story but for me it could be quite choppy at times. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga both put in the solid performances you expect from then now, seeing them on screen is like seeing old friends.

“The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It” for me was an average film but fans have admittedly come to expect more from them. You can see they’ve tried to make changes to try and move the franchise forward and it’s a clever move, but in my opinion it needed Wan they’re to help establish those changes.

If you want to see “The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It” trailer then just click on the video below:


Miscellaneous facts about the film:

Lorraine Warren, played by Vera Farmiga in the The Conjuring movies died a natural death aged 92, on April 18 2019. She had been a head consultant on all of The Conjuring projects, and an avid follower of the series.

The working title of the movie was plainly The Conjuring 3. However, later it was changed to The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It as a direct reference to the infamous 1981 Arne Johnson trial.

James Wan remarked that with The Conjuring 3 they wanted to get out of the haunted house setup which was the subgenre of the previous two films. The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) takes a major turn in this regard.

Vera Farmiga, who plays Lorraine Warren, described the experience of returning to play the character as ‘coming back to the family.’ She further joked, “I love working with this guy” referencing to her on screen husband, and offscreen close friend Patrick Wilson.

In January 2021, HBO Max announced every Warners Bros. movie would be released on its platform the same day it hits theaters for no extra cost to HBO subscribers. This decision came about due to the Covid-19 global pandemic. The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) premiered June 4th, 2021.

Joseph Bishara, who composed the scores for The Conjuring (2013), Annabelle (2014), The Conjuring 2 (2016), The Curse of La Llorona (2019) and Annabelle Comes Home (2019), was confirmed to be returning to score this third Conjuring film.

Both The Conjuring 2 (2016) and The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) feature Lorraine’s visions and her ability to astral project. The Conjuring (2013) did not delve into the exact visions Lorraine was having.

Fourth movie with Steve Coulter playing Father Gordon after The Conjuring (2013), The Conjuring 2 (2016) and Annabelle Comes Home (2019).

The first draft of the script was based by bringing in Arne Johnson. Writer David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick interviewed Arne and his wife Debbie, and got their accounts. There were also other interviews that they pulled and added to the first draft. The first draft was very close to his accounts and his experience. However, later certain liberties were taken and a few other stories from Warrens’ casefiles were threaded in.

Julian Hilliard who plays David has previously appeared on The Haunting of Hill House (2018), a horror original on Netflix in which he plays the young version of Luke (played in the adult version by Oliver Jackson-Cohen).

Fans had apprehensions about the fact James Wan was not returning to direct this movie. Wan, while describing his passing on the “baton” to Michael Chaves remarked that he noticed a certain flare in Chaves in understanding the kind of horror he wanted to generate in the third installment of the series. He expressed confidence in the latter’s ability after he saw him working in The Curse of La Llorona (2019).

First Conjuring movie not directed by James Wan. An interesting fact after Wan directed Insidious (2010) and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) but not Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015), which was directed by Leigh Whannell, who also directed Insidious: The Last Key (2018).

Michael Chaves hosted a special screening of the movie for his friend, teenage pop sensation Billie Eilish. The two had previously collaborated in a music video with Chaves in the director’s hat. Eilish notably loved the movie.

The promotional tagline after a few initial screenings before the release was “The Darkest chapter of the Conjuring universe.” The Nun (2018), a spin-off based on Valak (first appearing in The Conjuring 2, 2016), also used the same tagline. Interestingly, Vera Farmiga (Lorraine Warren) also described the third installment of the series as such.

Julian Hilliard, the immensely talented child actor who plays David, mentions his “special handshake” that was his thing with the director Michael Chaves. He described his relationship with the director as “pretty cool.”

Vera Farmiga described the young actors portraying the pivotal pair as “beautiful and delicious” in an interview. The reference evoked a laughter from co-star Patrick Wilson.

Ingrid Bisu, who plays Jessica, the missing girl, also played Sister Oana in The Nun (2018), a previous movie within the Conjuring universe.

Sterling Jerins returns as Judy Warren, Ed and Lorraine’s daughter from The Conjuring (2013) and The Conjuring 2 (2016). She was replaced by Mckenna Grace in Annabelle Comes Home (2019), because that movie took place in 1969 when Judy was supposed to be 11 years old (Jerins was around 15 at the time). Judy is supposed to be 23 in this movie which takes place in 1981, even though Jerins was only about 16 at the time.

When Father Kaster (John Noble) says that he prefers to keep his satanic objects locked up in his basement “like keeping guns off the streets”, Ed and Lorraine exchange a meaningful look. In The Conjuring (2013), Ed said the exact same thing to a reporter while giving a tour through his basement full of cursed artefacts.

At one point in the movie Lorraine Warren receives a bouquet of flowers from “The Perrons”. This is a nod to the central family in The Conjuring (2013), the first film of the franchise.

In the prologue of the movie there is a shot which pays tribute to the horror masterpiece The Exorcist (1973).

The movie features the recollection of Ed Warren and Lorraine Warren meeting for the first time. The real Lorraine has narrated the story in multiple interviews.

A scene in the movie has a homage to A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Master.

Julian Hilliard who plays the possessed child, David, at the beginning of the movie, also played a child dealing with supernatural forces in Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.

This movie, unlike the previous movies in the series, takes a turn into exploring the psyche of Lorraine Warren’s character. Her visions are explored in a never-seen-before way and her power of clairvoyance is used on multiple occasions to introduce a plot twists in the movie.

This movie, unlike the previous movies in the series, takes a turn into exploring the psyche of Lorraine Warren’s character. Her visions are explored in a never-seen-before way and her power of clairvoyance is used on multiple occasions to introduce a plot twists in the movie.

There was a possible inclusion of a demon like figure in the movie which could be later turned into a spin-off. The figure was based on the descriptions given by David Glatzel and Arne Johnson himself. The idea was developed by James Wan and Michael Chaves but, as Chaves revealed in an interview, “the relationship between the occultist and the demon was hinky and too complicated.” It is because of this despite getting a few shoots done the idea was eventually dropped.

First movie in the The Conjuring universe to feature a human adversary, the Occultist Isla in the film.

This movie is about the story of Arne Cheyenne Johnson who killed his landlord in 1981. The story was described in the 1983 book “The Devil in Connecticut.”

The initial idea of taking it overboard with the third installment of the movie, and exploring things beyond the confines of a haunted house was discussed with Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson. They both loved the idea according to James Wan, the brainchild behind The Conjuring (2013).

This is the second movie about the Brookfield murder that happened in 1981. The first was The Demon Murder Case (1983).

James Wan remarked that with The Conjuring 3 they wanted to get out of the haunted house setup which was the subgenre of the previous two films. The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) takes a major turn in this regard.

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