I am a MASSIVE fan of The Conjuring universe – I even own my very own Annabelle doll, which at least three of my friends have told me is just one of the reasons I’m still single. Whatever. I’m an out and proud horror hound inside and out; I actually wrote my dissertation on realism in modern-day horror flicks, so you’re in good hands with this article, FYI.
The problem with being such a mega horror fan is that if you watch enough horror you tend to numb your fear responses; which means nothing scares me, nothing makes me jump and nothing keeps me awake at night (apart from real-life shit like, money, work and dying alone). The only films that have come close to unsettling me in recent years are the Insidious film series and The Conjuring films.
They get to me and I love them for that.
The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 are notorious for the unsettling effect they have had on global film audiences in recent years – mainly ’cause they’re all together f*cked up. Naturally, there are huge expectations for the third Conjuring film, which Warner Bros. has now officially confirmed will be called The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. The third instalment will arrive in cinemas everywhere September 2020.
Warner Bros. and New Line also released an official movie summary over the weekend:
“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ reveals a chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defence.”
The news was confirmed at CCXP in São Paulo this weekend, where first-look footage was unveiled to lucky fans.
The film will see the return of Vera Farminga and Patrick Wilson as legendary paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren (pictured above). The film also stars Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, and Julian Hilliard and is being directed by The Curse of La Llorona‘s Michael Chaves. And thank the f*cking horror gods that legendary horror hound James Wan (Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, The Nun, Annabelle) is producing the third instalment alongside Peter Safran.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It will be the seventh film in the Conjuring Universe – the largest horror franchise in film history, grossing more than $1.8 billion worldwide. This is made up of The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation, The Nun, and Annabelle Comes Home (don’t bother; it’s basically Goosebumps with cheap jump-scares and a bit more swearing).
FYI, “the Devil made me do it” is my newly adopted excuse for everything in life.
Images via Warner Bros and New Line
Having worked in children's media and publishing for almost a decade, Ben is thoroughly excited to now be able to swear in stories and features. He is such a big fan of Disney and Horror films that he started an LGBTQ+ podcast called 'Once Upon A Scream'. His mum listens. You can contact Ben at [email protected] Twitter: @PulsfordBen / Instagram: @thebenmidlerFollow