Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren find themselves involved in a case unlike any they've ever seen before. In the course of trying to solve the mystery, they become the target of a powerful individual who dabbles in the occultic world.
Despite being touted as the standout from its predecessors, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It ends up falling below the standards set by the prequels.
Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as the couple battling the metaphysical in the third film in the franchise. During the course of an exorcism, a malevolent entity is transferred from a child to an adult.
Weeks later, the couple finds out that the case they thought was over has only just begun as they race against time to unravel the mystery behind a potent curse and unmask the one behind it.
The trailer got me pumped and though I told myself that there was no way this part would be better than its predecessors, I still ended up being disappointed when I finished it.
For starters, the movie is more of a thriller than a horror film. Compared to the earlier parts, this is quite tame and I missed the dread, chills, and originality of the previous ones.
As a standalone film, it is an enjoyable movie. As a sequel to the first two films, it is a little underwhelming. This is due to issues with scene transition, editing (at times), and a largely uneven plot that takes too much time in getting to the third act.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It opens with a scene that grabs your attention but struggles to maintain that intrigue and suspense for the better part of the first and second acts.
As the leads, Wilson and Farmiga don't disappoint (Farmiga is clearly the standout, with a compelling performance rivaling those of the first two films).
The special effects are top-notch but sometimes, the attempt to produce the hair-raising chills needed fails due to the continued application of formulaic elements.
At a time when a lot of substandard so-called horror movies are being made, the third chapter of The Conjuring saga could have separated itself from the others by bringing something new to the table. Sadly, this is not the case.
In conclusion, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is engaging and movie fans will enjoy what it has to offer. But those who have been following the adventures of Ed and Lorraine Warren will be disappointed with the latest part.