The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
NEW YORK (CNS) – Demonic Do-It-Yourself Fighters Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) Warren start again in “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” (Warner Bros.).
The apparent appeal this time being that instead of fighting possession, they’re trying to undo a curse.
While many horror films claim a factual basis, the addition of director Michael Chaves to the Warren Chronicles is undeniably rooted in reality. The case he deals with, the murder trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson (Ruairi O’Connor) in 1981, made headlines after the accused claimed to have acted while under demonic control – the first such tusk, it seems, to ever officially enter the United States. search.
Perhaps misguided altruism was the loss of Arne.
As the opening scenes show, he witnessed the suffering of little brother David (Julian Hilliard) his home girlfriend Debbie Glatzel (Sarah Catherine Hook). The latter’s captivity to evil forces is described as sufficiently well established that the church has sent an exorcist, Father Gordon (Steve Coulter), to take over from the Warrens.
Overwhelmed by David’s affliction, Arne inadvertently invites the evil spirit that assails the boy to take hold of his own soul instead. Shortly thereafter, Arne brutally kills his owner, Bruno Saul (Ronnie Gene Blevins), repeatedly stabbing him. (The name of the real victim was Alan Bono.)
Eager to help Arne, the Warrens are initially blocked by the fact that when they interview him in prison he can do things like read the Bible that he couldn’t do if he was. still owned. There are clues directing them to an alternate theory, namely that his temporary subjugation to Lucifer was the result of a continuous spell cast on both David and Arne by a Satanist.
As they hunt down this evildoer, the Warrens are aided by an eccentric retired priest, Father Kastner (John Noble). His expertise on devil worship, however, is tied to a distinctly shady personality.
As scripted by screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, this franchise expansion takes us to rat-infested basements and shows us contorted victims of the underworld. However, he managed to innovate.
Along the way there is predictable (albeit relatively small) chaos but also a difficult mix of unscriptural mysticism – Lorraine is described as clairvoyant – with explicitly Catholic piety and prayer. Add in plot developments involving a wayward clergyman and it’s clear this viewing is inappropriate for young people.
The real-life judge Arne was tried before rejected his plea of supernatural extenuating circumstances. Demanding moviegoers may be inclined to do the same with this fictional version of his ordeal.
The film contains bloody violence, mature themes including occult activity, a brief sensuality in the context of cohabitation, a few swear words, a few softer oaths, and at least one foul term. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III – adults. The Motion Picture Association rating is R – Restricted. Children under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.
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