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Based on a true story from 1981, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It portrays a young man, Arne Johnson, who pleaded not guilty of murder due to demonic possession.

The truth turns out to be crazier than fiction once again in this terrifying, sometimes comedic and always gripping horror story.

The “Conjuring” series shows the numerous reports by Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga), specialists in exorcisms, how they collect the evil utensils of their encounters, all in a locked room in their house. “Annabelle” is such a special piece that “The Devil Made Me Do It” goes back to and evokes both knowing laughter and creepy memories.

Ed and Lorraine find themselves in a particularly difficult position in this performance, as David (Julian Hilliard) was possessed by an unusual demon as a young boy – yes, there are common guys, and that’s not one of them. The sweet and protective Arne (Ruairi O’Connor), friend of David’s sister, saves the boy by inviting this evil spirit to take him instead of David.

Of course, this wasn’t the best idea as Arne is behind bars for subsequently killing a local.

Ed and Lorraine must find out the demon’s reasons for the possessions in order to help Arne, who is now behind bars. Her detective and intuitive skills lead her to previous murders, a retired priest, and a cult of Satanists who, in turn, are not your typical devil worshipers.

Drawn ever deeper into this world, Ed and Lorraine not only fight for Arne, but for themselves and for each other.

Let me first say, there is nothing better than watching a comedy or a horror movie in a cinema with others – it makes everything more intense. To see “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” with an audience on a huge screen created the creepy atmosphere with jump scares that make you laugh at yourself.

The film itself uses all of the typical horror movie tropes, such as Dim lighting, flickering lights, stepping into cobweb-lined basements and more – but all of these gadgets are part of the genre. With these techniques, “The Devil Made Me Do It” doesn’t take itself too seriously either, as it makes fun of situations.

A prominent moment comes during an exorcism in prison where the priest attributes the flickering lights to an old state-run building. Those kind of comedic moments sprinkled sparingly across the film give the viewer a break from the intensity and provide the necessary climb on that roller coaster of a movie.

The story takes several twists and turns, explaining the motivations of the occult and how certain demons work. We know how this will turn out, but the story sucks you in and you are invested in the mystery and working with them to solve it.

The writing spoon feeds you the clues and gives you the keys to unlock the puzzle, just one small piece at a time, and that captivates you.

Farmiga and Wilson take their roles seriously while basing themselves on the actual Warrens – their looks, style, and personality attributes. While this may seem over the top at times, it’s part of the fun too.

We expect these actors to portray a certain way and embrace their interpretation of their characters in each of these horror films. We get to know them better and they in turn do the same.

O’Connor is an outstanding young man who sacrifices his mental and physical freedom to help young David. In no time at all, O’Connor can switch gears to become a murderous man eager to wreak havoc and then get back to his innocent personality.

Of course, makeup, props, and special effects go very far in horror films, and this is no exception to this rule. The twisted special effects of the possessed characters are devastatingly mesmerizing. The creation of cruel characters, even dead ones, is shown in “The Devil Made Me Do It”, all complemented by a musical score that will make you chill.

But the most disturbing part of the entire film is the credits. If you don’t want to have nightmares, go before these roll.

Reel Talk Rating: 3 Stars

Pamela Powell is a Bourbonnais film critic and a member of the CFCA and CCA and a certified Rotten Tomatoes critic. Pamela has been writing reviews for 10 years and can also be found on WCIA TV in Champaign. She can be reached at pampowell5@att.net.