Minisode: The Conjuring The Devil Made Me Do It

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In 1981, Arne Cheyenne Johnson was tried for murder. He entered a plea of “Not Guilty,” on the basis of demonic possession. Ed and Lorraine Warren claimed to have proof.

David and Rob chat the new Conjuring movie (directed by Michael Chaves, starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson), in this bonus minisode! The first section is NON-SPOILER, and we’ll give our bone reviews before moving onto more in-depth spoiler discussion and analysis. Stick around till the end, and Devin will announce our films for next week!

How does Chaves’ direction hold up against James Wan’s first two installments? Tying into last week’s exploration of The Amityville Horror and The Town That Dreaded Sundown, we also ask what changes were made to the true crime, and what does it mean when filmmakers deviate from reality? Were the Warrens really the saints the franchise indicates, or was there something even more sinister afoot?

CONTENT WARNING: Abuse of a minor. Domestic abuse.


“Defendant In a Murder Puts the Devil on Trial,” by Dudley Clendinen, The New York Times


“War Over ‘The Conjuring’: The Disturbing Claims Behind a Billion-Dollar Franchise,” by Kim Masters, Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter


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