Written by Luke Barnes
I am very mixed on this film. It is different from the other two Conjuring films, but that is both a good thing and a bad thing.
As a good thing it is nice to see the film focus on one case that is very self-contained and does not feel like it is setting up a few hundred tie in sequels, prequels and spin offs. I thought the story itself was interesting and told well.
However, my issue with this film comes from its stakes. So the previous films have had the Warren’s square off against demons, sometimes a few at the same time, however here they are facing a far more human threat. The villain of this film is an evil Satanist because we still need to add to the fears of the Satanic Panic, years after it was all the rage. Whilst this could have been a cool idea it does feel quite anti-climatic and like a step back after what we have already had.
Moreover, I feel like this film is really stretching the ‘based on a true story’ concept, as yes technically it is but if you read up on the real life events you will quickly see just how loose that is.
I enjoyed Farmiga and Wilson as always and I thought John Noble was a nice addition to the cast: the acting in the film is definitely a high point.
My question really is where do they do with the series from here? They are quickly running out of stories from the Warren well, and the ‘based on a true story’ narrative is also starting to wear thin. They need to fast track some of those spin offs to fill the void, cough, cough Crooked Man.
Overall, still good, just a bit underwhelming.
The villain feels like a step back
It feels very final I don’t know how they will be able to continue it
The based on a true story line is starting to become a lie
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