The Conjuring 3 director talks inspiration for new movie

Joe Anderton
·2-min read
Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

The Conjuring's third instalment, subtitled The Devil Made Me Do It, is set for release later this month.

Interestingly, this one is moving away from the haunted house horror sub-genre, taking inspiration from a real-life trial of a man named Arne Cheyenne Johnson, who claimed in court that he had been possessed by a demon when he killed his landlord.

To achieve this combination of supernatural horror and investigative thriller, director Michael Chaves explained which film ended up as the perhaps surprising inspiration behind The Conjuring part 3.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

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Speaking to Total Film, the filmmaker said: "Up until now, these movies have existed inside a certain type of framework. We were desperate to take them beyond that.

"[David Fincher’s] Seven is one of our favourites and we were excited by the challenge of doing something along those lines – something surrounding an investigation – within the series, while still using all that supernatural terminology and language."

Basing the movie on a real-life case also proved a challenge, as Chaves stated: "There's a real victim in this story. It weighed heavily on us because we knew we needed to make a movie that was thrilling and scary, and lived up to expectations, but we were also really mindful about being truthful."

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It will be released in the UK on May 28, while it arrives in US cinemas and on HBO Max on June 4.

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