I have talked about my love for James Wan a lot recently, especially with the Saw franchise being in the headlines so much in the film world because of Spiral, despite Wan only having an executive producer role because of his creation of that universe. A franchise that suffered after he and Leigh Whannell stopped being fully involved after Saw III. Insidious went a similar way after Wan directed the first 2 but Whannell stayed on to direct 3 and write 4 which aren’t as strong after Wan left. So I was heading into this third Conjuring film worried about this installment, the trailers hadn’t sold me that Wan’s unique direction of nailing horror was still going to be there and keep this series going, especially as we have had a mixed bag with the Annabelle films and poor installments of The Nun and The Curse of La Llorona which have all had limited involvement of Wan, and the director of The Curse of La Llorona, Michael Chaves was taking over directing of this installment.
The first scene of the movie completely put my worries at ease, it gets straight into the action and story as we see Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, returning as Ed and Lorraine Warren trying to cast out a demon from a little boy and the tension that has been there in the other films is definitely there. The rest of the film sees the Warren’s trying to prove that Arne Johnson was being possessed by a demon when he committed a murder. This film is definitely more of a crime film that previous installments but don’t get that confused for meaning that it isn’t a horror film, it is still very much primarily a horror film with plenty of jump scares and tense moments for horror fans to enjoy.
Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga continue to be the heart and soul of this franchise, the biggest strength that continues to shine in this installment, they have great chemistry and clearly enjoy being apart of these films and are happy playing the Warrens. I remember a story saying that Warner Bros have the rights for all the Warrens stories which could be 100s and I’d happily watch all of them if Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are still happily playing the characters.
Where the film struggles for me is some of the writing, there’s a lot that felt very coincidental or some elements are very obviously set up that you can see the plot point coming back a mile away, and it’s not like the point was organically added into the story, it sticks out like a sore thumb. I enjoyed the other two films more cos they are a localized story about a family and the story doesn’t leave the one house, but when the murder happens near the beginning of the film, it’s a great intense scene but that’s so important and is that the peak of the film? Maybe, it’s a big plot point and that works in a crime film, but I don’t know if that works the same in a horror film, which is why it left me wanting a bit more as it’s just the Warrens trying to solve a case we already know the answer to.
Overall, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is an enjoyable entry into the Conjuring universe, I had low expectations and had a really good time, not the best entry into the series but more than enough for horror fans to sink their teeth into and get back to watching on the big screen, because there is no way that any horror is better watching at home.
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