The third instalment of the popular horror series and eighth of The Conjuring universe was set to hit theatres back in autumn 2020; however, due to COVID, the film was delayed and is now releasing on June 4th. What can we expect from the next chapter?
Steering away from the ‘haunted house’ tone of the previous two films, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It follows the trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson – a murder case that took place in 1981 citing demonic possession as a defence for the first time in U.S. history. Creator and producer, James Wan, teases: “It should be more on a whole different level, something that we’ve never explored before in the Conjuring world.”
The Arne Johnson case is allegedly one of the most shocking and disturbing accounts taken on by paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren. It begins with the possession of 11-year-old David Glatzel, only for the demon to take up residence within Johnson. Months later, Johnson murdered his landlord but claimed he was possessed and thus began a gruelling investigation by the Warrens and the law.
Based on the trailer alone – which ends in a literal cliff-hanger – it appears that this is perhaps the darkest Conjuring film yet and the Warrens – Lorraine in particular – are set for a tumultuous and terrifying journey to uncover the truth. Returning as Ed and Lorraine are of course, Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, whose chemistry is undeniable as they mark their fifth film together. Joining the horror veterans are John Noble in an undisclosed role, Ruairi O’Conner as Arne Johnson and Julian Hilliard as David Glatzel.
There is a possibility that this will conclude Ed and Lorraine’s journey within the franchise considering all that is implicated in the trailer – and it would be fitting to wrap their story up with the end of a trilogy. However, both Wilson and Farmiga have expressed interest in reprising their roles for future instalments, so perhaps another collaboration from the pair is not entirely off the table.
Despite taking on an altered form of storytelling, The Devil Made Me Do It seems very much grounded within the heart of the Conjuring franchise with Ed and Lorraine taking front and centre. It looks like this instalment will be equally as successful and frightening as its predecessors whilst Wan continues to honour and explore the work of the Warrens.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is expected to hit theatres on June 4th