A chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they'd ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.Written by
The first draft of the script was based by bringing in Arne Johnson. Writer David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick interviewed Arne and his wife Debbie, and got their accounts. There were also other interviews that they pulled and added to the first draft. The first draft was very close to his accounts and his experience. However, later certain liberties were taken and a few other stories from Warrens' casefiles were threaded in. See more »
When Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson) has a heart attack, Loraine (Vera Farmiga) instructs someone to call 911. Considering they were in Brookville, Conn, it is unlikely 911 services were available to such a rural area at that time. Chicago suburbs finally got access to 911 in 1981 (the same year the movie took place). Moreover, at that time not even 50 percent of the U.S.A. had access to 911 services and those areas were only urban and suburban. See more »
During the closing credits, there is a news interview with the real Ed & Lorraine Warren from during the trial, along with photos of scenes from the movie and dialog from an audio recording of David Glatzel's exorcism. See more »
For the British theatrical version a suicide scene was cut to secure a "15" rating. See more »
It's a different Conjuring, trying and innovating, not only in the story (no haunted house here) but also in the use of camera/direction, where we feel that we have a new director and with a different identity (good).
The scaries don't work as well as in the first two films and the new characters aren't as intriguing as The Nun or Annabelle, so, even if we still have very strong horror moments, we don't feel the same tension as we felt in the previous two. The Warrens do, once again, a fantastic job and I loved some references to The Shining or A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Personally, I still think the 2nd is the best Conjuring by a large margin (scarier, frenetic, fantastic direction, editing, atmosphere, London). The first one isn't as scary as the second, but it's really well executed with a very strong plot. This one is the weakest, but it's still interesting to see the couple in a different type of story and it's still a pretty solid horror film.
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