June 4, horror fans! That’s the release date for The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, and it’s been a long road for the third installment in The Conjuring films.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It was originally set to debut in theaters in September of 2020, but the release was delayed due to the impact of COVID-19. Then, Warner Bros. announced in December that all of their 2021 films would be released concurrently in theaters and on HBO Max.
Both The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 were given R ratings by the MPA, and now it has been announced that The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It will also be released with an R rating due to “terror, violence, and some disturbing images.”
So, what’s the plot for the third film? We are, of course re-visiting Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), real-life paranormal experts who investigated cases such as the Amityville house, the Enfield haunting and the Perron family home. The Perrons’ story was told in The Conjuring, and the Enfield case was dramatized for The Conjuring 2.
The real story behind The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
This time around, we won’t be watching a haunted house tale, however. Instead, the third film will recount the events leading to the 1981 murder trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson.
This was the first US court case in which a demonic possession claim was used in an attempt to prove a defendant’s innocence.
Johnson’s claim, which was backed up by others who were present, was a strange one. An 11-year-old boy named David Glatzel was believed by his family (and the Warrens) to be possessed by a demon, and it was claimed that the demon fled young David’s body and took up residence within Johnson’s.
Months later, Johnson stabbed Alan Bono in the chest multiple times with a five inch pocket knife, killing him. The next day, Lorraine Warren informed the police that Arne Cheyenne Johnson was possessed at the time the murder occurred, and “The Demon Murder Trial” became big news. In the interest of not giving spoilers, I won’t go further into the details of the case, but it is certainly a fascinating one.
Wilson and Farmiga will be returning as Ed and Lorraine Warren, Ruairi O’Connor (What Richard Did, The Postcard Killings) is playing Arne Cheyenne Johnson, and Julian Hilliard (The Haunting of Hill House, Color Out of Space, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, WandaVision) is portraying David Glatzel.
Will you watch The Conjuring: The Devil made me do it? And, if so, will you buy a ticket to see it on the big screen, or will you stream it at home? Let us know in the comments section.