Chilling horror conjured into a thrilling murder mystery. Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren are up against one of the most evil and demonic forces, who will stop at nothing to accomplish its unholy mission. Fighting this evil entity could take everything they have.
It’s 1981 and what starts as yet another routine exorcism for the demonologist couple Ed and Lorraine, quickly turns into a nasty surprise. A powerful demon, out to claim the soul of the 12-year-old David (Julian Hilliard) is a formidable force that can do the unthinkable. When a young man Arne (Ruairi O’Connor) challenges it to leave David and enter him, things quickly start spiraling out of control. Now, it’s up to Ed and Lorraine to save Arne and themselves from this unhallowed possession.
This is the third and overall eighth installment of the ‘Conjuring’ universe. Based on a real incident, which became a landmark case in the history of the American judiciary, this installment delves deep into the dark and crime-infested world of a sinister spirit, like never before.
Of course, all good things from the Conjuring hall of fame are firmly in place and there’s a lot more. Like, Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, the driving forces of this powerful franchise are once again, in their element. Wilson is incredible as Ed Warren and delivers a familiarly restrained performance. But Farmiga gets to go the extra mile here, giving us an emotional peek into Lorraine’s strength and vulnerability. This lends so much relatability and heft to the overall narrative, despite all the cinematic liberties. It’s driven from Ed and more so from Lorraine’s perspective rather than the possessed.
It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that this is by far the best ‘Conjuring’ installment. It’s not just scary but full of unpredictable twists and turns. Once again, Conjuring is breaking new grounds by mixing two genres – horror and crime, so seamlessly.
Taking off from a real-life incident, writers David Leslie Johnson and James Wan smartly turn it into a thrilling murder mystery. A gripping screenplay, unravelling a deeply disturbing trend in a sleepy town, is as eerie as it gets. And as the Warrens venture into the unknown, they take the audience along. Johnson and Wan’s incredible quality of writing as seen in hits like ‘Orphan’ and ‘SAW,’ is quite evident.
The film’s direction by Michael Chaves is surreal and exquisite that brings alive scene after scene, building tension and thrill along the way. He ditches the typical horror-like jumpscares for legit storytelling. It’s a huge improvement from Michael Chaves’s last direction ‘The Curse of La Llorona.’ While it’s a first for a ‘Conjuring’ franchise film to not be directed by James Wan, Michael Chaves’ ensures he won’t be missed. The cinematography and the background score are immersive, just like the plot. The edit is sharp and fast-paced.
There’s hardly a dull moment in ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.’ This one takes the franchise to newer highs revealing a chilling story of terror, murders and the unknown evil.
Overall critic’s rating is not an average of the sub scores below.
Visual appeal: 4.0/5