6. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
The most recent movie on this list came out in 2021 and saw Michael Chaves return to the franchise to direct. Unfortunately, this is by far the weakest entry in the main Conjuring series, despite the premise being super promising. After watching the trailer I was excited to check this one out, but I was left very disappointed by the time the credits started to roll.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It sees Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) return to the scene to investigate a case in the ’80s. The movie is based on the true story of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, a man who claimed to have been possessed by a demon after murdering his landlord. While Farmiga and Wilson give great performances, unsurprisingly, the plot falls flat. The idea is there, but it’s executed in a way that becomes unfocused and even difficult to follow at times.
Who doesn’t love creepy dolls? As someone who’s a fan of the Annabelle story, I kind of have a soft spot for these movies. Even if they’re not all that great. The first one is a great example of that. It came out in 2014 and was directed by John R. Leonetti. Taking place in the ’60s and serving as a prequel to The Conjuring, this one gives us some backstory of the haunted doll that Ed and Lorraine Warren eventually own and keep locked up.
The movie follows a married couple named John (Ward Horton) and Mia Form (Annabelle Wallis) who are expecting their first child. After they receive the Annabelle doll as a gift, they become targets of a demonic cult.
A lot of horror fans don’t love the first Annabelle movie, but I think it’s fun. There are certainly creepy and entertaining moments. That said, it’s also pretty predictable and nothing we haven’t seen before.