The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It – No scary scenes here…

I was highly anticipating this movie since the first two installments are such a stand out horror movie with a class of their own that set new standard. The difference is, James Wan directed the first two but he relegate the directing duty to Michael Chaves. James Wan still wrote the script to the movie though. This movie is a far departure from the first two because this has turned into a sort of detective movie. James Wan had mentioned he want to move the action out of the confine of a possession premise like the first two movie. That’s when this movie lost its pull on me. The first two movies’ story line were grounded on the actual events of possession. This one however, veered way off the actual case because there is really not much meat to the actual event to turn into the movie. So what are the filmmakers to do? The made up the 3/4 of the movie from fiction story telling that involve a missing teenage girl, a demon worshipper, and a possession of Ed Warren. Although it created a compelling story line and let the film makers create foreboding circumstances to sprinkle scare jumps throughout the movie, the scares are not effective because the fictional part of the story took me out of the immersive experience of watching this movie.
The actual event that is linked to this movie was simply that Lorraine Warren claimed in court that Arne Johnson was possessed when he committed murder and that excuse got thrown out of court early on in the trial. The lawyer for Arne quick to pivot the defense into a self-defense plea strategy and instead of the death penalty, Arne Johnson was sentenced for first degree murder and sentenced to 10-20 years in prison and he only served 5 years. In real life, the controversy did not stop there…The Warren published a book about this case and the Johnson sued the publishing company for libel claiming that there was no demon possessions took place to begin with and that they only claimed there was a possession taking place because the Warren promised them big pay out from the publication of the book. You can read about this actual case if you did some researching into it. I sincerely hope James Wan would come back to the franchise to direct the next installments because this one is a miss for me. It’s not scary at all and the actual event did not have enough back story to warrant a full feature movie.