The Conjuring: The Devil made me do it.
No longer directed by James Wan, this film is helmed by Michael Chaves, who directed another horror movie called “The Curse of La Llorona,” an enjoyable but otherwise unremarkable horror movie. “The Devil made me do it” is indeed a superior movie than “La Llorona,” proving Michael Chaves is able to direct a successful film in this genre.
What differentiates this third film from the previous two is how they expanded on the setting of the film. While the first and second Conjuring were mostly contained in one location, with the Warrens facing off against the demons in a battle of attrition type confrontation, this one turned it more into a paranormal mystery and investigation story.
This changed the dynamic of the film where the constant pressure and tension present in the previous ones are broken by long periods of investigative threads that has the Warrens follow clues to piece together the mystery.
For some viewers who have followed this series and its spin-off for years, and are invested in the characters of the Warrens (still played with believable charisma by both Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson), then this film would still be worth your time, if only to see them on screen once again.
Though for how much longer their characters will sustain the interest of viewers, remains to be seen. Should they decide to continue their saga for one more story, I think they will need to do something that truly stands out, because this one did not raise the bar in any way.
But even if they decide to call it quits and make this the last adaptation of the Warren’s tale, there is enough of a sense of closure to be able to say goodbye to the characters, even if it didn’t end with a bang.
The Conjuring: The Devil made me do it is Rated R for terror, violence and some disturbing images