Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The Conjuring Made Me Part 3

This weekend saw the release of 'The Conjuring: The Devil made me do it', which is officially the Conjuring part 3 and the 8th movie in the series. The 'true events' the movies are based upon would be the adventures of the real life Ed and Lorraine Warren. As a kid I was a big fan of so called real ghost stories books and The Warrens had quite a few. I still remember my friends and I being terrified of Raggedy Ann dolls thanks to the real life Annabelle in elementary school

By the way, I'm going to try and be as spoiler free as I can be. Though just in case, the rest of the post is after the jump. (Unless you're reading a direct linked page)

The Conjuring movies are of course not exact retelling of their adventures which may or may not be actually true to begin with. But they are (for the most part) good old fashioned horror movies. As the movies name implies, this movie is based on the trial of Arne Johnson. In real life Arne murdered his landlord and claimed he was possessed while doing so. The actual court case is one of the few to actually use demonic possession in defense. The Warrens were involved in the case and the possession that led up to Arnie's actions. 

When they announced this move was a step away from haunted houses and based on this case... I wasn't super enthusiastic. The descriptions I had read been reading made it sound more like a courtroom drama and that just sounded pretty boring to me. Fortunately it instead focuses on Ed and Lorraine investigating the source of the possession and why it's targeted Arnie and his girlfriends family. This leads to a fun adventure with The Warrens chasing down spooky shit and getting into creepy situations. This leads into the return of the Cult of Ram from Annabelle and a different kind of villain for them to deal with. 

Unlike parts 1&2, the movie isn't directed by James Wan. Instead by Michael Chaves, who was behind 'The Curse of La Llorona', which is generally thought of as the worst of The Conjuring franchise. Don't get me wrong, it's an enjoyable movie. Ed and Lorraine are as lovable as ever and you're really rooting for them to save the day. I still found myself liking the movie even though it's not as good as others in the series. It's not as bad as La Llorna either, but still has a lot of the same problems. I wasn't completely won over, but I had a good time.

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