The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It [2021] ★★

Third time isn’t the charm for Lorraine and Ed Warren, as they investigate yet another murder that may be linked to a demonic possession. “Investigate” is key here, because unlike the first two films which were filled with long, scary sequences, this one doesn’t deliver much on the horror scale. The focus instead is on the investigative part, which can drag a little bit before we get to the good stuff. Too bad, because as a huge fan of the first two films (and the Conjuring universe in general), I wanted more out of this sequel. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are still as good as always, but there’s a sense that they’re tired of this shit at this point. Director Michael Chaves (who worked on “The Curse of La Llorona a couple of years ago) doesn’t have many surprises up his sleeve, and the end result is a movie that will most probably disappoint even the most avid fans of the franchise. Let me put it this way: James Wan’s horror touch is sorely missed here.

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