The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It brings us the story of the 1981 trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson. This is the seventh installment of the horror franchise that has grossed more than $1.8 million worldwide. The Conjuring films have found a balance between dark horror and the love story the Warren’s bring to the stories.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” reveals a chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.
Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson return to star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, under the direction of Michael Chaves (“The Curse of La Llorona”). The film also stars Ruairi O’Connor (Starz’ “The Spanish Princess”), Sarah Catherine Hook (Hulu’s “Monsterland”) and Julian Hilliard (the series “Penny Dreadful: city of Angels” and “The Haunting of Hill House”).
Coincidentally, something that I found rather strong aside from the horror while watching the film was brought up during the press conference last month. The relationship between the Warren’s. It felt more like a love story then it did a real life case of terror, murder. It was mentioned that the audiences also see the couple as the heart of the Conjuring films and asked the protagonists their thoughts. Vera Farminga agreed and said the following:
“It is more of a love story than it is a horror story to me. And that is what makes it more unique and successful. And that is why I enjoy coming back. I think that, that message of love not only the Warren’s for eachother but for the work that they do and for the people that they help. That selflessness, that compassion and embodiment of love is really, really something holy and special.”
Patrick Wilson spoke more about the structure from the beginning of the films. In addition, the events surrounding the Warren’s are set and the following…
“That’s one set that sets us apart from other horror franchises is that you’re following the good guys thought out instead of the villain….so already we are leaning into character and relationship and love and partnership in these movies. And when you have that, when you know you can center around love and it’s our version of Ed and Lorraine. We don’t know how they were behind closed doors. And when you know you can center on that then I think in some way it frees you up to go as dark as you like on the other aspects because then you really get to balance it out.”
Vera Farminga and Patrick Wilson personification of the Warren’s has won over many of the viewers and will not be disappointed in The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is now available in theaters, IMAX nationwide and on HBO Max for 31 days from theatrical release.