"Reel Reviews: ‘The Conjuring’ finally becomes a trilogy with more flicks on horizon" by: Jessica Shepard

   When the first film, “The Conjuring” came out in 2013, Ed and Lorraine Warren became mainstream again and it seemed to pave the way for a slew of paranormal investigation films by Hollywood. 
   Or, maybe, it was just jumping on the wagon for a revival. 
   Regardless, the Conjuring series rounded the trilogy bend with “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” over the weekend. 
   Since I’ve been a fan of most of the series until now, it was only natural to check this movie out. 
   The Devil Made Me Do It is a 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 serves as a sequel to The Conjuring (2013) and The Conjuring 2 (2016), and as the eighth installment in the Conjuring Universe. 
   Wan and Peter Safran return to produce the film, which is based on the trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, a murder trial that took place in 1981 Connecticut. 
   Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise their roles as paranormal investigators and authors Ed and Lorraine Warren, with Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, John Noble, Steve Coulter, Ronnie Blevins, and Julian Hilliard also starring. 
   The film is rated R for terror, violence, and some disturbing images and Is 112 minutes long. 
   Not to mention it’s based on the true-life trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson as the first case in which the defense sought to prove innocence based upon the defendant’s claim of demonic possession and denial of personal responsibility for the crime in the United States. 
   In 1981, demonologists Ed (Wilson) and Lorraine (Farmiga) Warren document the exorcism of 8-year-old David Glatzel (Hilliard), attended by his family, his sister Debbie (Hook), and her boyfriend Arne Johnson (O’Connor), and Father Gordon (Coulter) in the town of Brookfield, Connecticut. 
   Father Gordon’s entrance to the exorcism parodies the iconic appearance of Father Lankester Merrin from 1973’s “The Exorcist.” 
   During the exorcism and when all hope seems to be leaving the group, Arne invites the demon to enter his body instead of David’s. 
   Ed witnesses the demon transport itself from David’s body to Arne’s whilst he suffers from a heart attack, and is taken to a hospital in an unconscious state. 
   Ed wakes up at the hospital and reveals to Lorraine that he witnessed the demon enter Arne’s body. 
   She sends the police to the Glatzel household and warns them that a tragedy will occur there. 
   Arne and Debbie return to their apartment located above a kennel where Debbie works. 
   Several days pass with Arne suffering unsettling hallucinations and waking nightmares. 
   After feeling exceptionally unwell, Arne murders his landlord, Bruno Sauls (Blevins), by stabbing him 22 times under the influence of demonic possession. 
   With the support of the Warrens, his case becomes the first American murder trial to claim demonic possession as a defense, resulting in at the beginning of an investigation into David’s original possession. 
   The Warrens later discover a satanic curse passed on through a witch’s totem, and meet with Father Kastner (Noble), a former priest who previously dealt with the Disciples of the Ram cult. 
   But, per usual, things don’t go the Warrens way at first, but, you’ll have to see what new twist they add to the Arne Johnson story. 

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