When it comes to popular horror movie franchises, it's inevitable an entry that comes along that is a mistep in the franchise. Not always the case, but sometimes a new director will either not understand what the mythology of the franchise is about, or they will try to inject a new idea that just doesn't land right. That is the crux of the issue with the latest Conjuring film, which ended up being underwhelming to say the least.
The plot is loosely based on the true story of Arne Cheyenne Johnson who is arrested for the murder of his landlord, and claimed the devil made him do it. The Warren's investigate the possibility that the supernatural did make the man commit murder.
That's where the movie starts to go wrong. Prior Conjuring films where known for their atmospheric horror, and having the Warren's do battle with very creepy demonic entities. In this movie, it becomes like a supernatural goose hunt. They find one clue, then it's off to find the next clue. The demonic element doesn't really factor in due to the Warren's having to deal with a totally different element. And instead of being something you should be invested in, you find yourself bored by it instead.
Not all of it is bad. There is a very clever nod to The Exorcist, and the opening scene is pretty intense. The scene in the morgue is spooky as well. But even with that being said, this is the the weakest main entry in the franchise. Even in the ending, it makes you feel like what was the point? Except to continuing to beat the dead horse with all the spinoffs.
So should you watch it? If you been following the Conjuring universe this whole time, it certainly wouldn't hurt to check it out. And it is streaming for free on HBOMAX if you are worried about the price value. If you already seen Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, feel free to let me know what you thought. I know it's been getting many negative reviews, and I hate to add my voice to those, but not everything is going to be likable.
Till next time, stay scared! -Tha Thrilla-