The newest film in The Conjuring series, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, is another solid sequel. Michael Chaves manages to keep all of the scary elements James Wan introduced and adds to the established story. This film is just as frightening as the first two. It keeps the hallmark jump scares, creepy visuals and adds interesting lore. Yet, maybe more than any other film, this one fleshes out more of Ed and Lorraine. Put together, Chaves manages to produce a sequel that comfortably fits in the series and continues to entertain.
The horror genre has experienced a renaissance in the last decade. Filmmakers have treated their spooky films with the same care as a serious drama. James Wan’s The Conjuring was one of the films at the forefront of the horror comeback. It featured some of the scariest visuals during the year of its release. Since then, the bar has been set high for the franchise.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It may not be as scary as the prior films, but it adds some cool, creepy visuals of its own. This film also explores more of the occult than any of the Conjuring stories before it. We get some dark lore and see more of Lorraine’s supernatural gifts and how they work. All of these qualities add to the overall narrative of the Conjuring universe.
Ed and Lorraine
Interestingly enough, this film may be the sweetest exploration of Ed and Lorraine’s intimate relationship. We’ve seen how deeply connected they are to one another in past films, but this one adds a little more backstory. We get a glimpse of one single moment from Ed and Lorraine’s past that adds a nice payoff at the end of the film.
While we get sweet moments with Ed and Lorraine together, we also get to see them apart more than usual. We mostly think of them as a pair, but we get to see more of their independent qualities, especially with Lorraine. Chaves does an excellent job of showing that they’re capable apart but even more effective together. They will always be the connecting thread of this and future films in the series.
If you’re a fan of The Conjuring, then The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It will enhance your love of the franchise. For those unfamiliar, this film will entice you to explore the rest of the wonderfully creepy catalog.
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