For horror film lovers like me, the figures of Ed and Lorraine Warren are certainly not familiar. They are both American psychics who are known to uncover mystical cases that began around the 1960s.
So phenomenal, the journey of the mystery story of the two was made into a certainly scary film. First released in 2013, the story of Ed and Lorraine was introduced through the film The Conjuring.
The film The Conjuring become one of the horror movies that can make me fear. At that time, when I was watching a movie at the cinema with my friends, I couldn’t forget to scream there because the ghosts and jumpscares that were presented were truly epic and paralyzed.
The first iconic Annabelle doll was the one that attracted the public’s attention the most, until the following year (2014), The Conjuring spin-off entitled Annabelle was released to tell the story of the doll’s dark journey before being handled by Ed and Lorraine.
In 2016, the sequel to my favorite horror film was released with the same director, namely James Wan. No less gripping, The Conjuring 2 again managed to make me scared and paralyzed.
Like in the first film, there’s a new horror icon here. Not a doll, but a ghost of a nun with a really scary face. The success of this figure brought back the storyline of The Conjuring universe to another spin-off, entitled The Nun which aired in 2018.
To date, The Conjuring universe has 8 films including his latest film entitled The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, which will be released on June 2, 2021 yesterday. Details of the films from this universe include the following:
The Conjuring (2013)
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
Annabelle: Creation (2017)
The Nun (2018)
The Curse of La Llorona (2019)
Annabelle Comes Home (2019)
Of all these films, I always take the time to go straight to the cinema, even trying to watch it on the first day it airs so that it doesn’t become known as spoilers.
Therefore, yesterday when I had the opportunity to watch it, in this article I will give a review regarding the 8th film of The Conjuring universe.
Unlike the previous two The Conjuring films, this time James Wan’s position is no longer a director, but a producer. Meanwhile, the director of The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is Michael Chaves, who previously worked on The Curse of La Llorona.
The story begins when Ed and Lorraine perform an exorcism in 1981. At that time one of the Glatzel family members, namely David (a boy) was possessed by an evil spirit.
The gripping exorcism process is immediately shown in the first 10 minutes of the film, making this film has very good potential because it makes the audience (including me) quite frightened at the beginning of the story.
Amid David’s possession, Arne, who is Debbie’s (David’s older brother) girlfriend, tries to fight the demon that is possessing the little boy’s body.
Arne ventured to say “just take me, not him “. And at that moment, David’s condition immediately improved, but something happened to Arne. The devil that previously existed in David now seemed to have moved into Arne’s body.
In the days that followed, Arne seemed to be possessed by something until he killed his friend. This is also seen in the movie trailer when Arne was walking on an empty street, then a policeman stopped him. When he turned around, Arne’s body and hands were covered in blood. He said, ” I think I hurt someone ” with a blank stare.
Arne was then charged with murder, even facing the death penalty. Ed and Lorraine try to help Arna escape the accusations.
Unfortunately, the court could not accept that illogical reason. All must be based on strong evidence as a court legal process.
Although the prologue of the film presents a fairly scary story, the next story in The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It reduces the level of horror.
The journey of these two psychics puts forward a detective-style mystery story when looking for evidence about the evil spirit that entered Arne. Like going to the priest, or going to the police to ask if there are similar cases.
Until the middle of the film, the audience is still made to think who is the mastermind behind all this. Jumpscare with high music appeared several times to accompany the horror atmosphere. Although the “ghost” figure is not immediately visible, it can surprise me a little, even though it’s not as scary as The Conjuring 1 and 2.
Furthermore, something different was born from the third film of The Conjuring, namely the presence of cult followers who can hurt people from a distance.
In, maybe the cool language is “witchcraft” like the story of a local film that was aired a few years ago entitled ” Kafir: Alliance with Satan. “