After finishing my second viewing of The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021), I still wonder why Iona, a.k.a The Occultist, was conjuring a demon, and I find it strange that I would’ve missed that bit of important information twice, though, anything is possible.
Unlike previous Conjuring films, they don’t have a flash of another case at the beginning, which is fine. This omission did cause a bit of confusion of the timeline in relation to the other films (The Conjuring (2013) and The Conjuring 2 (2016)). The only thing I know for sure is that it was after Annabelle (2014) because she’s in the case in the basement in the closing scene.
Of all Warrens’ cases, I’ve never read The Devil in Connecticut by Gerrald Brittle. I’m somewhat confident that there’s minimal usage of it in this film, and it was used as a primary stepping stone to get the tag ‘based on actual events.’
My head spun a bit with everything happening on the screen, in my first viewing with them jumping from place to place. However, on my second watch, I felt better about the content and how it was presented, though I still had dizziness.
I enjoyed how they focused more on Lorraine’s psychic abilities that they only poked at in previous episodes. The effects were as I expected from the Conjuring Universe, though I had hoped for a few more unexpected scares. In the scene with David and the waterbed, I knew what was going to happen, and while it was creepy, I can’t say that I was frightened as I’ve seen the same thing done better in The Nightmare on Elm Street.
The intensity of the darkness of this world is as it should be, and I would be disappointed if it were lightened. When the scares come, most of them are well done, leaving me wanting more for the next. For the most part, The Conjuring 3 hit the mark for me. Eugenie Bondurant and John Noble, when present, stole the scenes.
All in all, I enjoyed The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, and since I’m a huge Conjuring Universe fan, I gave it an unbiased 4.5 out of 5 Stars.
One more thing, look for the flash of Annebelle in the closing credits slideshow.