Review: The Conjuring “The Devil Made Me Do It”

For years I have considered myself an avid fan of horror. I remember the first time I watched Ghost Ship (yeah and I liked it…so what?) and from then on I was hooked. So needless to say I fell in love with The Conjuring series and did a little digging into Ed and Lorraine Warrens backstory, only pushing my interest in the scary shit further along.

However…this one was a different story.

What drew me into the encounters that Ed and Lorraine had and the films about them, was their ability to make me believe things that I haven’t always believed in. Up until this movie, they continued to achieve that (Not including the most recent Annabelle movie, but I don’t even acknowledge that one in general).

Arne Johnson played by Ruairi O’Connor in The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

The story of Arne Johnson starts in the early 1980’s with the possession of David Glatzel. David was 11 years old at the time of his possession and with the help of Ed and Lorraine, the demon left Davids body and took over Arne. Later Arne then…well…unalived his landlord after a heated argument. His legal defense was that he was possessed by that demon which made him commit the crime. This then became the first legal case to use this defense.

Now, take all of that as you will. I personally am not a religious person, but there are some things that just hit a little different than others. The first two Conjuring movies made me deeply question what I did or didn’t believe. I had high hopes for The Devil Made Me Do It and those hopes were nowhere near met. On the surface, this encounter seems to be the most believable and logical out of all the rest. Yet the movie made me believe it the least out of all the films prior. This one seemed the most produced and exaggerated, which just did it a disservice. I pursed my lips and rolled my eyes more times than I could count and the ending was incredibly boring, overdone, and anti-climactic for the little bit of suspense that had been built up to that point.

Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson in The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

I’ll end on a positive note however. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga have always done a great job of not only connecting to their characters but connecting their characters to the audience. This movie focused heavily on their resilience as a couple and how each encounter brought something new out of them. There were also some really interesting shots in the movie, such as the one from the morgue.

Overall, this movie was a pretty big dud for me. I wasn’t scared, I wasn’t behind the story, and the positive moments weren’t enough for me to look past anything negative. I give it a 3/10.

What are your thoughts on the movie? Love it? Hate it? Let me know on twitter !

Stay entertained…


  1. I quite liked the Conjuring 3. It is a shame that it isn’t as grounded as the first 2, so there isn’t any question of whether it’s real or not. The tapes in the credits for the 2nd one are chilling. I haven’t seen the Annabelle films, even though I keep on meaning to.


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