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.