Evil and terror. Essential elements of the horror genre. The Conjuring is a film series that has based itself on these (and other) elements with some paranormal fun thrown in. This is why we are on the third film.
Paranormal investigators Ed (played by Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (played by Vera Farmiga), who have plenty of experience with this thing, are shocked with their latest case. This time they are fighting for the soul of a young man. That is just the beginning. Things get worse. Much worse as it involves the first time in U.S. legal history in which a person accused of murder uses demonic possession as their defence.
The third film and the formula continues. Predictable throughout most of the film. It does try to do something a little different from the first two in that it brings in the legal story, but even this is not enough to make it not feel like we are flogging a dead horse.
It is not a complete waste of time, though a little frustrating as you can see the potential was there for something better. But there are some solid elements to the film, directed by Michael Chaves, like cinematography, some legit scary scenes, and a talented cast.
Still, the film did relatively well in the theatres. Was it a case of people really wanting to go back to going to see things on the big screen with others around or that this is genuinely a good horror? I believe more of the former than the latter.
- “By Reason of Demonic Possession”
- “The Occultist”
- “Exorcism of Fear”
- “DC Horror Presents The Conjuring: The Lover #1”