The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
By Jeffrey Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
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Horror sequel is intense, but not as good as previous films.
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Movie is about attempting to triumph over impossible odds (and nearly succeeding). Empathy and helping others.
Positive Role Models
The Warrens make it their personal quest to solve the problem behind Arne's arrest and possibly save his life; this requires them to face a scary, paranormal foe. Arne risks his own life and livelihood to save his younger (future) brother-in-law.
Violence & Scariness
Jump scares. Child in peril. Character stabbed multiple times; blood all over killer's hands and shirt. Another character stabbed in stomach. Character hit in face with flying plate. Character has heart attack. Character cuts wrists with broken bottle; blood shown. Neck-slicing, more blood. Threatening with knife. Character smashing things with sledgehammer. Blood running from shower head. Scary demon. Bulbous, attacking zombie/monster thing. Icky, bloated, squelching, waterlogged corpse. Bodies contorting into impossible angles. Character nearly falls from cliff. Character collapses. Terror and screaming.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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"Chicken s--t," "hell," plus "Jesus Christ" and "oh God" as exclamations, and "your god has abandoned you."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Supporting character drinks several beers, talks about drinking, tries to get main character to drink with him. He opens a beer and shoves it into main character's hand. Reference to character being a "drunk."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is the third Conjuring horror movie based on the "true case files" of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. It's the eighth movie overall in the "Conjuring Universe" series. Violence is on par with other films in the franchise: Expect jump scares, stabbing and slicing, lots of blood, characters hit with flying objects, a heart attack, scary demons and icky monsters, a sledgehammer attack, and more. Couples kiss in more than one scene, and language includes a use of "s--t," a use of "hell," and exclamatory use of "Jesus Christ" and "God." A supporting character drinks several beers and tries to get others to drink with him, and there's dialogue about being "a drunk." This movie is a little less effective overall than the previous films, but the characters and story make it worth a look for mature horror hounds.
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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
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Terrifying horror sequel, better for adult audience, not as good as the first 2 films.
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What's the Story?
In THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT, it's 1981, and paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) are in the middle of the exorcism of a young boy, David (Julian Hilliard), that doesn't seem to be working. Arne (Ruairi O'Connor), the boyfriend of David's sister, Debbie (Sarah Catherine Hook), grabs him and invites the demon into him. Before long, Arne starts to feel strange. While in some kind of trance, he stabs and kills a family friend and goes to jail. The Warrens hope to get him released by reason of demon possession and go to work to find out more about the creature responsible. But their first lead, a strange witch's totem left underneath the house, suggests other forces at work.
Is It Any Good?
With James Wan no longer at the helm, the third Conjuring movie feels more like a weary episode of an old detective TV show than the metaphysical, kinetic, and terrifying previous entries. The Curse of la Llorona director Michael Chaves takes charge this time and offers up a movie that's more about detective work and beating the clock than about the supernatural or the paranormal. Part of what made The Conjuring (2013) and The Conjuring 2 (2016) so special wasn't just Wan's intensely visceral use of sound and space to generate chills, but also the sense that these "true stories" opened a door on what was possible. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It doesn't seem that curious ... or scary.
Chaves serves up some of the usual horror stuff, including contorting bodies with accompanying "clicking" noises, things rushing toward the camera, and "boo!" jump scares. As the eighth entry in the Conjuring Universe, the movie doesn't seem to add much to the series. But at its heart are the Warrens, and Farmiga and Wilson still bring a little extra to make their characters fascinating, lovable, and special. Ed is recovering from a heart attack in this one, making him more vulnerable and sympathetic. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It also digs a little deeper into the couple's storybook romance, including delightful moments like the one in which Ed tries to dissuade Lorraine from exploring a dark crawlspace. "You'll get your dress dirty," he says. "Just hold my purse," she replies.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the violence in The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. How did it make you feel? Do the blood and gore make the movie feel scarier? What's the impact of media violence on kids?
How scary is the movie? What are the scariest parts? What's the difference between jump scares and other kinds of scares? Does a movie have to be violent to be scary?
How does the "based on a true story" aspect affect the movie? Do you believe that this scary stuff, or something like it, actually happened?
Are the Warrens role models? How do they help out the Glatzel family?
Is Arne a role model? What price does he pay to help out young David? How do things work out for him?
- In theaters: June 4, 2021
- On DVD or streaming: August 24, 2021
- Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ruairi O'Connor
- Director: Michael Chaves
- Studio: Warner Bros.
- Genre: Horror
- Topics: Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Run time: 112 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: terror, violence and some disturbing images
- Last updated: April 4, 2023
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