Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Julian Hilliard, Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, John Noble, Sterling Jerins
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Supernatural horror sequel directed by Michael Chaves. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) tells the chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). Described as one of the most sensational cases from their files, the story begins with a fight for the soul of a young boy, David Glatzel (Julian Hilliard), which then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in US history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.
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Our Favorite Quote:'Being brave doesn't mean you're not scared. It means you are scared, but you hang in there.' - Arne Johnson (The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It) Click To Tweet
Arne Johnson: You’re one brave kid, you know? I was a little runt growing up, so I know what it’s like to be picked on. But that was nothing compared to what you’re going through.
David Glatzel: I don’t feel very brave.
Arne Johnson: Being brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared. It means you are scared, but you hang in there. It’s going to be alright. I won’t let anything happen to you. I promise.
Arne Johnson: [referring to David] Leave him alone!
Ed Warren: Arne, don’t talk to it.
Arne Johnson: I said, leave him alone. He’s just a little boy, you coward!
Ed Warren: No, Arne! Don’t talk to it!
David Glatzel: [to Ed in demonic voice] I’ll stop your heart, old man.
Arne Johnson: [to the possessed David] Look at me. I know you’re still in there, David. Just leave him alone. Okay? Leave him alone and take me Take me. Hey, take me. Take me!
Lorraine Warren: [referring to Ed after his heart attack] I could go back to the house, Father. But my home is here with him.
Ed Warren: [referring to the Glatzels] We have to warn them, it’s got the kid.
Lorraine Warren: No, it’s fine, it’s over. David is safe. The demon is gone.
Ed Warren: Arne. It’s got Arne!
Lorraine Warren: [calls the police] My name is Lorraine Warren. I know how this is going to sound, but there’s going to be a tragedy at the Brookfield Boarding Kennels.
Cop: Hey. You okay?
[Arne turns to reveal blood all over his hands]
Cop: Now, you just stay right there, okay? Don’t move.
Arne Johnson: I think I hurt someone.
Lorraine Warren: [referring to Arne] These religious objects would’ve been enough to provoke an inhuman spirit, if there was one present.
Father Newman: Does that mean he’s not possessed?
Ed Warren: The fact that he can read from the Bible just seals it.
Arne Johnson: So, what does this mean then? I’m just crazy?
Ed Warren: Well, you’re not possessed. But that doesn’t mean that you weren’t.
Arne Johnson: I invited this thing into me, and that’s the reason that he’s dead. So, you know, whatever happens to me, I’ve got it coming.
Debbie Glatzel: No, you don’t. Look, I was there. Whatever is going on, whatever happened that day, that was not Arne.
Lorraine Warren: And we’re going to help you, in every way that we can.
Meryl: He was found covered in the victim’s blood. The murder weapon belongs to him, and it’s got his fingerprints all over it.
Ed Warren: Nobody’s disputing any of that. Arne knows that he’s going to prison. All’s we’re saying is that there were mitigating circumstances.
Meryl: Mitigating circumstances?
Meryl: Look, I don’t think he should get the death sentence either. But I am not going before a grand jury and saying he was possessed by demons. It’s never been done.
Ed Warren: Yes it has! It’s been done twice in England. The Michael Taylor case was just a few years ago.
Meryl: Alright. Let me rephrase that. It’s never been done successfully.
Lorraine Warren: Ed and I have proven the existence of the demonic hundreds of times.
Meryl: You’ve proven it to the church. This is a court of law. The standards of evidence are completely different.
Ed Warren: The Court accepts the existence of God every time a witness swears to tell the truth. I think it’s about time they accept the existence of the Devil.
Meryl: How are you going to convince a jury if you can’t even convince me?
Meryl: Your Honor, my client pleads not guilty, by reason of demonic possession.
Meryl: He’s going to go for the death penalty. I’ll build the case, but that kid is going to either live or die, depending on what you two find.
Ed Warren: Well, we won’t let him down.
Meryl: I hope not.
Ed Warren: We’ve never had to prove a possession after the fact.
Lorraine Warren: Demons don’t just disappear like this. There’s something else going on here, something that we missed the first time.
Ed Warren: Where do we start?
Lorraine Warren: At the beginning.
David Glatzel: [on tape] I didn’t know what happened. It was like a dream. And nobody believed me when I told them. But that was the first time I saw it.
Lorraine Warren: It’s a witch’s totem, used by Satanists in their rituals.
Ed Warren: Remember how I told you that an inhuman spirit needs to be invited? And you couldn’t imagine how David could do that? Well, you were right. He didn’t.
Lorraine Warren: We think David was cursed. And on the night of the exorcism, the curse was passed from David into Arne.
Debbie Glatzel: Cursed? Are you saying someone did this to us, on purpose?
Ed Warren: We’ve heard of satanic rituals like this. The demon is summoned, the possessed individual takes a life, and the demon departs.
Lorraine Warren: Which is why Arne was able to read from the Bible afterwards.
Ed Warren: Yeah. We think whoever cursed David, used this to draw the demon.
Ed Warren: I’m Ed Warren, this is my wife Lorraine.
Kastner: [as Ed extends his hand] I have chicken s**t on my hands.
Kastner: [referring to the totem] Forget you ever saw this.
Lorraine Warren: You’ve seen it before?
Kastner: No. But I’ve seen ones like it. This is sophisticated. It’s a very nasty piece of work.
Ed Warren: What I don’t understand is why? David, the little boy who was possessed, he didn’t do anything wrong. Why would someone target this family?
Kastner: Why? The “why” is irrelevant. The “why” is counter to everything that the Satanist stands for. His sole aim is chaos. His nectar is despair.
Ed Warren: [as Kastner takes them to his basement] What is this?
Kastner: It’s the reason you’re here.
Ed Warren: I don’t suppose you have all these books organized using the Dewey Decimal System, do you?
Kastner: No. No. No, I do not.
Kastner: The clues you seek could be anywhere. Or, they may not be here at all.
Kastner: A master Satanist is not an adversary to be taken lightly.
Lorraine Warren: We know the dangers, better than you might think.
Kastner: This boy, who’s headed to the death chamber. Is saving him worth everything you have? Because that’s what it may very well cost.
Infirmary Patient: [creepy singing to Arne] Color me your color, darling. I know who you are. Come up off your color chart. I know where you’re coming from. I know who you are.
Sgt. Clay: Look, I’ve read all about what you two think happened in Brookfield. But I’m only interested in leads that are grounded in reality.
Ed Warren: Good. So are we.
Sgt. Clay: Now, we’ve been looking for a link to some sort of satanic cult ever since we found that thing. And these devil worshippers, they’re just people. Crazy, evil people, but people.
Lorraine Warren: Maybe we can help each other.
Lorraine Warren: [to Clay] I can see things that your people can’t.
Ed Warren: [referring to getting Lorraine to pick out the murder weapon] My wife’s gift is not a sideshow attraction.
Sgt. Clay: If she is what you say she is, then this shouldn’t be a problem, Mr. Warren. Right?
Ed Warren: No way! Forget it. We…
Lorraine Warren: It’s this one.
Lorraine Warren: [referring to Elvis’s “Suspicious Minds”] This song’s appropriate. You know, I actually met Elvis once.
Sgt. Clay: Oh, yeah? Was that before or after he died?
Lorraine Warren: Before. And after.
David Glatzel: I remember what it felt like. You’re always cold, and you’re never alone.
Debbie Glatzel: David, what are you talking about?
David Glatzel: That’s why you can’t sleep. Because it’s never quiet in your head. Sometimes you think something, then you’re not sure if it was really you. But now you’re seeing it. It’s here with you. And it’s telling you to do things.
Debbie Glatzel: Arne, what is it telling you to do?
Sgt. Clay: You sure you should be tromping through the woods like this?
Ed Warren: Yeah, I’m fine.
Sgt. Clay: Then what are you worried about? Afraid she won’t be able to do it?
Ed Warren: No. I’m afraid that she will.
Lorraine Warren: Ed, something terrible happened here.
Ed Warren: What’s wrong?
Debbie Glatzel: It’s Arne. It followed him! You said this was over, but now he’s trapped in there with this thing, and it’s telling him to kill himself!
Lorraine Warren: This demon, it’s not here of its own free will. It was summoned.
Ed Warren: That doesn’t make me feel any better.
Lorraine Warren: That means, we know that this is a curse, and curses can be broken.
Lorraine Warren: Back at the Glatzel house, I touched David’s hand, and I saw something. I didn’t know what it was then. But I think that I was connected to the person who is responsible for this. Ed, that body they found, if it’s Jessica, if it’s really her, then that connection could still be open.
Ed Warren: There’s got to be another way.
Lorraine Warren: [referring to the The Occultist] She’s doing it again. She’s reaching out to Arne. She’s trying to complete the curse.
The Occultist: How are you doing this?
Lorraine Warren: God has shown you to me.
The Occultist: Then your God has damned you.
Lorraine Warren: Ed. The connection works both ways.
Ed Warren: [as a corpse is coming to life] Lorraine. You need to come back.
Lorraine Warren: [referring to the The Occultist] Ed. She knows who we are.
Debbie Glatzel: But you stopped her. Maybe she’ll give up now.
Lorraine Warren: She can’t. Once started, the curse must be completed. Her soul depends on it.
Ed Warren: We’ll find another way.
Ed Warren: Where is she?
The Occultist: You know, the two of you have gathered quite the collection.
Ed Warren: If you hurt her…!
The Occultist: Oh, don’t worry, Mr. Warren. You’re so close. I’d hate for you to give up now.
Ed Warren: We’ve got to find a link between these cases.
Lorraine Warren: And a Satanist’s power is strongest at night. So let’s hope she doesn’t try anything before then.
Kastner: It’s the curse. It says, the curse needs three victims to be complete. It refers to them as, “The child, the lover, and the man of God.” The embodiment of God’s work. Purity, love, faith. Has there been another?
Lorraine Warren: It’s Ed. It’s my husband. Last night we found a totem in his office.
Kastner: That is unfortunate.
Lorraine Warren: You had a child?
Kastner: Her mother died in childbirth. The Church couldn’t know. So I raised her here, in secret. It was just the two of us. Our happiness filled this house. I continued my studies
into the occult. I wanted to protect her from all this. Instead I created a fascination. We must be careful how our obsessions are passed to our children.
Lorraine Warren: You knew? We came to you for help, and you knew this whole time?
Kastner: She’s my daughter. I couldn’t. I didn’t want to see. After all these years, I thought she’d come back to me again. And now I know the real reason she’s here.
Kastner: I failed as a priest. And I failed as a father. Please, God, don’t let me fail…
[suddenly the Occultist slits his throat]
Lorraine Warren: [as a possessed Ed is trying to kill her] You’re not going to do this! This is wrong, and you know it!
Lorraine Warren: [as a possessed Ed is trying to kill her] Remember me. She tried to turn you against me. Because she thinks our love is our weakness. But it’s not. It’s not. It’s our strength. Now, open your eyes.
Ed Warren: [to the Occultist] Your curse is broken. You promised a demon a soul. And it can’t go back to hell without one.
Lorraine Warren: [real footage] As we go back now, listen to the tapes, as well as being there, and hearing him do it, he would constantly challenge what was in that boy.
Interviewer: What does that do to the whole system of law if a person can walk in and say, “The devil made me do it?”