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`The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It`: The Warrens are back to fight demons again

The latest addition to the ‘Conjuring’ movie universe takes our fearless supernatural investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren further into the real world – they take on a case that becomes the first American murder trial where demonic possession is used as a legal defense. The seventh film in James Wan’s ‘Conjuring’ Universe ‘The Devil Made Me Do It’ comes after two ‘Conjuring’ films, as well as ‘Annabelle’ and ‘Annabelle: Creation’, ‘The Nun’ and ‘Annabelle Comes Home’. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson return in the role of the Warrens, with director Wan not stepping down from his duties (he shares credit with David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick) for the reins to Michael Chaves (‘The Curse of La Llorona’) ‘) to surrender. . “It was a dream come true,” Chaves says in production notes. ‘I’m a big fan of the’ Conjuring ‘movies. James is the modern master of horror, and so it’s exciting and terrifying to take the reins on this world he has created. There is a huge responsibility not only for James but also for the fans, the franchise and the characters he has created. It did not lose me. ” The team ‘The Devil Made Me Do It’, which appeared straight from the news and took place ten years after the events of the first ‘Conjuring’ film, felt it was the ideal opportunity for Ed and Lorraine to hone their skills. to limit the extreme. “For everyone involved,” says Chaves, “it was the darkest story Warrens was involved in. They put everything at stake for the accused, Arne Johnson.”

A perfect platform

‘The Devil Made Me Do It’ also gave the filmmakers the perfect platform to send Ed and Lorraine into the world. Cast and crew members say it was a wonderful opportunity for them to involve the police and investigate the sinister reasons that led to a heinous crime. “In ‘The Conjuring’, the redemption of evil was limited to a single space within four walls,” Farmiga describes. ‘In’ The Conjuring 2 ‘we got a plane ticket for Ed and Lorraine and sent them abroad. But once again, their mission within the walls of a house was limited. Now, for ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’, they leave the confines of the haunted house and go to the most depraved and terrifying places. ” What really sets this ‘Conjuring’ apart and makes it so exciting, Chaves says, “is that you have all the horror and fear you would expect from a ‘Conjuring’ movie, but it’s set against this incredible mystery linked to what the ‘Conjuring’ universe is going. ‘

Lorraine takes the lead

‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ faced two main challenges in development: how to keep the ‘Conjuring’ Universe original and fresh and how to balance reality with drama. “We wanted to keep the elements of the previous films that people love,” says screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, who also worked on the story with Wan, “but you do not want to give them exactly the same thing again. ” One of the ways they wanted to give the franchise a new angle was to place Farmiga’s Lorraine in front and in the middle. Inspired by films such as John Carpenter’s ‘Eyes of Laura Mars’ and David Cronenberg’s ‘The Dead Zone’, the team was looking for a case where Lorraine could shine as a psychic detective and Ed could take the back seat for once . In previous ‘Conjuring’ movies, Ed has always been the guy who fixes the car or fixes the sink; he is physical and active. To get him to retire, the makers decided to jeopardize his physical strength by giving him a heart attack, something the real Ed Warren also suffered at some point in his life. ‘[There is a] a scene where she goes under the house instead of him, ‘says screenwriter Johnson-McGoldrick,’ it’s very difficult for him to be on the outside, and we see Lorraine perform. ‘

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Eight years of chemistry

“It’s amazing to grow old with my fake husband,” Farmiga says. ‘With the danger of sounding corny, my love for old Patrick Wilson remains feverish. I worship him. We are such good friends. We soften the dark, emotional work we do by laughing our heads off together. He makes me giggle all sorts of things. ‘ “We’ve trusted each other since day one,” Wilson adds, “this is where the chemistry comes from. We are completely comfortable with each other and we have a lot of fun. ” Reportedly, fans of Ed and Lorraine are having a special treat as we get a brief look at their distant past. For the first time, we see the couple as in love teens. “The heart of this franchise is the connection and love of Ed and Lorraine,” Farmiga adds, “it sets it apart from other horror films. This is the love story. ”

Play Arne Johnson

For Ruairi O’Connor, it was a much darker hole in which he finds himself. O’Connor plays Arne Johnson, the man accused of manslaughter, who then pleads not guilty and claims to have been demonically possessed. “Arne Johnson is a complicated role,” Chaves admits, “layered with a lot of very powerful emotions like regret, anxiety and anger, all mixed with fear.” In such extraordinary circumstances as Arne finds himself in, O’Connor still has to find the perspective of his character to make him convincing, and O’Connor’s Arne is deeply tortured. “You have to find empathy for your character,” O’Connor explains, “and not judge your character. You come to where you can really understand their point of view. So what I am saying is, I was literally obsessed with this. I managed to bring myself to that damn place. ” For most of the recording, O’Connor isolated himself, put on headphones and listened to music between 80s to stay in the world that inhabited his version of Arne. But it was only a matter of time before O’Connor’s psyche would claim the dark themes. However, he found solace in Wilson and Farmiga’s seasoned outlook on it all – finding the lighter moments in between. ‘It was important to break up the demon-possessed and horrible physical problems I was going through,’ says O’Connor, ‘all the shouting and rumbling. I started watching funny videos in between because Patrick and Vera are so light-hearted about it. ‘

Did you know?

Believe it or not, ghostly movies have a way of getting under the skin of the cast and the team. To calm any doubts or uncomfortable feelings, it has now become a tradition and temptation for the ‘Conjuring’ films and their spin-offs to receive a blessing at the beginning of the production, to which all cast and crew members are invited. to attend. “For anyone who has any doubts,” says director Michael Chaves, “it makes them feel at ease.” “It sanctifies the space in which we work so that the space is consecrated,” explains Vera Farmiga, who has played Lorraine Warren in the ‘Conjuring’ universe for the past eight years. “This is a necessary and beautiful start to the production.”

Do not miss it!

‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do it’ will be released on 3 June in UAE cinemas.