Wassup, y’all! Question: Who do you consider the G.O.A.T’s of investigating paranormal activity? If you ever watched the TV series “Supernatural”, you’d know that Sam and Dean Winchester are among the best of the best, but sometimes they get help from an Angel so that kinda disqualifies them out the gate.
Scooby-Doo and the crew, now, that’s a good choice. However, those meddling kids and that dog always split up to find clues which makes me question their loyalty as a team. Plus, word on the street is that Shaggy and Scooby have a cannabis consumption problem, so half of those monster stories could be hallucinations. Nah, if I had to choose, I’d put my money on Ed and Lorraine Warren.
The Husband and Wife team have been calling out demons more than a Baptist church grandmother. In the new movie “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It”, the Warrens must use unconventional methods to uncover the truth. Is this film a stellar horror movie, or just plain horrible? Let’s go!
Tell the truth and shame the devil. But, does the devil have any shame? “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as Ed and Lorraine Warren, real-life paranormal investigators who have seen some creepy and DOCUMENTED activity in their lifetime. This film is based on the trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, an actual murder that took place in 1981 Connecticut. The trial would be known as the “Devil Made Me Do It” case.
The previous “Conjuring” movies have always utilized the Warrens in a centralized location with access to the demon and its host, usually a family’s home. This time is different. The location is a prison where Ed and Lorraine aren’t allowed permission to help troubled Arne, played by Ruairi O’Connor.
What’s more interesting is the antagonist’s powers are so different from what we’ve grown accustomed to over the last few films. The stakes are much higher for certain characters and the methods of solving the case veer from the couple’s normal path.
“The Devil Made Me Do It” isn’t your average horror flick and that might catch the traditional scary-movie fan off guard. The plot is more murder mystery-based, meaning not only are paranormal investigations prevalent but so is evidence found by police. Understand; since this story is coming from an actual court case, you’re going to see a lot of detective work. Don’t get it twisted, though, this demon is definitely with the shyts!
There are enough frightening moments in “The Conjuring” to keep the casual horror-movie fan jumping out of their seat and looking around to see if anyone saw them do it. The CGI helps, but it doesn’t dominate. Rather, clever camera work and sound editing capture devious scenarios perfectly.
It’s the performances for me. Wilson and Farmiga do not disappoint which is no surprise. They are an outstanding duo, playing off each other with exquisite timing. The supporting cast keeps the action funky enough like the D.O.C, and here’s the kicker; “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It”, underneath all the demonic possession and supernatural slaying, might even have the makings of…wait for it…a love story.
As I said earlier, this isn’t your routine horror movie and it may not sit well with purists. Also, the climax is a bit extra, and honestly, this is the weaker of the “Conjuring” series, but I still enjoyed it.
I’m co-signing “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” to the fullest. Just because I saw this at 1:45 in the afternoon on a bright sunny day doesn’t mean I was scared, nor does it mean it kept me up all night.
Uh ruh, my stomach was hurting and I couldn’t sleep. Hey, when it comes to demons, know when to use a bible, and when to use a rifle…
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Did you check out the film this weekend?