The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (also known as The Conjuring 3) is a 2021 American supernatural horror film, directed by Michael Chaves, with a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, from a story by Johnson-McGoldrick and James Wan. The film serve as a sequel to 2013's The Conjuring and 2016's The Conjuring 2, and as the eighth installment overall in the Conjuring Universe franchise. It was released by Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema in the United States on June 4, 2021, where it also has a simultaneous month-long release on the HBO Max streaming service.
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren take on one of the most sensational cases of their careers after a cop stumbles upon a dazed and bloodied young man walking down the road. Accused of murder, the suspect claims demonic possession as his defense, forcing the Warrens into a supernatural inquiry unlike anything they've ever seen before.
- It still manages to have the charm of the first two films.
- Nice and creepy soundtrack composed by Joseph Bishara.
- The idea of a man committing murder and believing he had been under the influence of the Devil himself is very creative.
- The cinematography and camera-angles look marvelously terrifying, like the rest of The Conjuring Universe.
- The film was a major improvement over The Nun, The Curse of La Llorona and Annabelle Comes Home due to how the prior films have cheap jump-scares.
- The scenes are well-executed and greatly paced.
- The acting is spectacular, especially from Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as they reprise their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren along with Sterling Jerins who plays their daughter, Judy.
- The fact that the Valak painting and the Annabelle doll appear as a cameo at the end is pretty cool and a decent callback to the other two films.
- Pays visual homages to the classic horrors like The Exorcist and The Shining.
- The scary scenes are very intense, nightmare-inducing, and unpredictable.
- Even without James Wan, Michael Chaves still did a good job of directing this movie, and it reduces the jump scare-fest, unlike The Curse of La Llorona.
The Only Bad Quality
- The demon that Isla summon is forgettable, especially since it appears only at the beginning.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It received mixed-to-positive reviews, who praised the performances of Wilson and Farmiga but criticized the screenplay and noted it as weaker than previous Conjuring installments. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 56% of 244 critic reviews for the film are positive, with an average rating of 5.7/10. The verified audiences score was 83% based on 1,000+ ratings. The website's critics consensus reads: "The Devil Made Me Do It represents a comedown for the core Conjuring films, although Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson keep the audience invested.", while the Audience Says section reads, "It may not contain many surprises for fans of the franchise, but this threequel more than makes up for it with another scary, tense adventure for the ghostbusting Warrens.". On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 53 out of 100 based on 39 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews" and user score of 6.4/10 based on 185 ratings, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale (down from the "A-" grade of the first two films), while PostTrak reported 78% of audience members gave it a positive score, with 58% saying they would definitely recommend it. IMDb has the rating of 6.3/10, while Letterboxd has the rating of 2.8/5. Most of the fans of the franchise enjoy this one like the previous ones, with having improvement over The Nun, The Curse of La Llorona and Annabelle Comes Home, while others consider it as solid film.
Chris Stuckmann gave this movie an grade of B.
As of August 16, 2021, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It has grossed $65.5 million in the United States and Canada, and $135.1 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $200.6 million.
In the United States, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It was released alongside Spirit Untamed, and is projected to gross $15–20 million from 3,100 theaters in its opening weekend. The film made $9.8 million on its first day, increasing estimates to $25–27 million. It ended up debuting to $24 million, the second-lowest of the Conjuring Universe but still marking the third-best opening of the pandemic and topped the box office. The film fell 57% to $10.3 million in its sophomore weekend, finishing third, then $5.2 million in its third weekend.