Director: Michael Chaves
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ruairi O’Connor
Release Date: August 24, 2021
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” reveals a chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.
Please Note: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ tells the chilling story of one of the Warrens’ most peculiar and unsettling cases. It all begins with the exorcism of a young boy which appears to be successful; unfortunately the evil presence in the boy is merely transferred to the soul of another young man who soon becomes haunted by a chain of terrifying visions leading to a brutal killing which he finds himself on trial for. Now the Warrens must dig deep into this peculiar chain of events in order to obtain some form of evidence that can prove that he didn’t act of his accord which leads them to a terrifying evil the likes of which they’ve never encountered and may not be prepared for.
Directed this time around by Michael Chaves (The Curse of La Llorona) from a screenplay written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (The Conjuring 2), from a story by Johnson-McGoldrick and James Wan, Chaves does a great job at the helm of ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ staying largely true to the tone and style of the previous films and keeping things looking eerie and slick throughout. The film also owes its share of credit to the cast which includes Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring), Patrick Wilson (Annabelle Comes Home), Ruairi O’Connor (TV’s The Spanish Princess), Sarah Catherine Hook (TV’s NOS4A2), Julian Hilliard (TV’s WandaVision), John Noble (TV’s Fringe) and more, with the majority offering pretty solid performances for the most part in each of their respective roles.
The third film in ‘The Conjuring’ series (not including the various spinoffs and related Universe films of course), ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ is a tense, creepy and enthralling new entry in the tale of the Warrens that retains the eerie tone and unsettling atmosphere of its predecessors while also attempting something relatively clever and new with the series. Veering away from the more typical haunted house elements of the first two films, this time around it focuses more on a different breed of evil, dealing with possession and witchcraft as well as a mystery at its core for us to try and unravel along the way. It’s a solid new entry in the series that fans should have a lot of fun with, especially thanks to the return of Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga who continue to do a great job in their portrayal of the Warrens, along with some fresh elements to keep us guessing this time around. I would wholeheartedly encourage fans of the franchise who haven’t yet had the pleasure of ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ to make a definite point of checking it out whenever possible. It may not be quite as magnificent as the first two films, but it’s surprisingly close, largely due to the new director’s capable guidance and the wise decision to tackle a new breed of evil and overall story this time around.
Overall, ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ is an eerie, enjoyable and somewhat fresh new entry in the series that keeps true to the tone of the previous films while trying to bring something new and slightly different to the mix. ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ is definitely recommended, especially for fans of the series who should find a lot to enjoy about the latest entry which may not be quite as spectacular as its predecessors but does a far better job of holding up to them than many might expect, especially absent of James Wan in the director’s chair this time around. At the absolute least, this one should be well worth a couple hours of your time and the price of a rental if you missed it in theaters and/or during its initial premiere run on HBO Max.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation with the film’s original 2.39:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks wonderful as a whole and delivers a clean, sharp and richly detailed presentation from start to finish without any faults or unexpected problems arising along the way. It holds up impressively even during the numerous darkly lit moments, never causing anything that’s occurring onscreen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a great high definition video presentation that should thoroughly satisfy fans and first time viewers alike.
The Blu-ray release features a Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel compatible) soundtrack. Please note that this review pertains solely to the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio presentation. This multichannel soundtrack is a real treat and serves up a clean, crisp and notably aggressive audio presentation throughout. It repeatedly takes full advantage of all seven available channels in order to send doors slamming, objects flying and individuals screaming along with a great deal more consistently whipping throughout the various speakers at every logical opportunity, all while never allowing any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, this is a magnificent Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible) soundtrack that delivers splendidly every step of the way and repeatedly contributes some extra fun and scares to the viewing experience.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ features a few enjoyable extras. Included on the release is a collection of Behind the Scenes Featurettes that feature interviews/comments with the cast and crew, plus behind the scenes footage and more; they include ‘The Occultist’ (running approximately 4 minutes in length), ‘By Reason of Demonic Possession’ (running approximately 5 minutes) and ‘Exorcism of Fear’ (approximately 6 minutes). Also included is the Digital Comic Issue ‘DC Horror Presents: The Conjuring: The Lover #1’ (running approximately 13 minutes) which features onscreen comic pages with voiceovers and audio effects.
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Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
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