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

Directed by: Michael Chavez

Starring: Patrick Wilson; Vera Farmiga; Ruairi O’Connor; Sarah Catherine Hook; Julian Hilliard

Synopsis: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren take on one of the most sensational cases of their careers after a cop stumbles upon a dazed and bloodied young man walking down the road. Accused of murder, the suspect claims demonic possession as his defense, forcing the Warrens into a supernatural inquiry unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.

Review: The successful Conjuring series has officially spawned its third entry in the main series, and it’s eighth entry in the official Conjuring universe, if you include The Curse of La Llarona, that is (this has fans divided!).

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren. This time Lorraine takes centre stage, as Ed is knocked for six during the opening encounter – a demon nearly stops his heart – leaving him in need of a walking stick.

The Devil Made Me Do It differs from the previous installments; it opts for a more murder/mystery esque storyline. Ed and Lorraine are on a mission to prove the innocence of young Arne, who committed murder under demonic possession. During their almost impossible mission, Lorraine is quizzed by police about the disappearance of an unknown girl, to test Lorraines abilities as a clairvoyant. It’s safe to say that by the end of the interview, the policeman who questioned her is a firm believer.

The jump scares are still present and there is a water bed scene, which is a highlight and is sure to give viewers the chills.

Previous director, James Wan, returns as a producer, and the director of The Curse of La Llorona, Michael Chavez, takes the reigns instead. He delivers a great paranormal mystery movie, which changes the previous format and breathes new life into the franchise. It doesn’t repeat old formulas that could have fans thinking “this has been done before”.

Overall, The Devil Made Me Do It is a strong entry in The Conjuring Universe, filled with intense frights, suspense, and a gripping story. The acting is performed with perfection, and if this is the bookend of Ed & Lorraines story, it has been wrapped up fittingly. This movie is a must see for all Conjuring fans.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is available on Digital now and arrives on 4K UHD, Blu-Ray and DVD September 6th.