The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do This is ‘their’ entry in the successful horror franchise. It is also the eighth installment in The Conjuring Universe. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise their roles as paranormal investigators and writers Ed and Lorraine Warren. The film is based on the trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson which took place in 1981 Connecticut. Michael Chaves has directed the film, with a screenplay written by James Wan and Peter Safran. Michael Burgess handled the cinematography while Joseph Bishara led the score. Also included in the cast are Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, and Julian Hilliard. The film hits theaters and HBO Max on June 4, 2021.
This film is a unique entry in the franchise as it is not related to the haunted house. Instead of demons actively pursuing and possessing people of their own accord, this film follows a human antagonist. The trance occurs thanks to the manipulation of an Occultist who pulls strings from behind the scenes, using curses and totems. This article investigates the film’s ending and what it means for future installments. If you want to know how it ends, read on to find out. If you still haven’t seen the film, read the article at your own discretion. Spoiler ahead!
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It Ending Explained
The year is 1981, and demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren are working on an exorcism from 8-year-old David Glatzel. David’s family, Arne Johnson, and Pastor Gordon attended the exorcism. As the exorcism begins, Arne invites the demon to possess him, which the demon does. Ed watched the demon leave David’s body and enter Arne’s body. While he was watching this transport, he suffered a heart attack, after which, he was taken to the hospital. At the hospital, Ed wakes up and tells Lorraine about what he witnessed. Lorraine then sends the police to the Glatzel household, warning them of an impending tragedy there. And sure enough, Arne, under the influence of a demonic possession, killed his owner, Bruno Sauls, by stabbing him 22 times.
His case became the first homicide trial in America to claim demonic possession as a defense. The Warrens discover a demonic curse that passes through the witch’s totem. They then meet Kastner, a former priest who previously dealt with a cult called Disciples of the Ram. Kastener informs them that an Occultist has intentionally left a totem, causing a curse on the Glatzel family and David’s. The Warrens then travel to Danvers to investigate Katie Lincoln’s death. He was also stabbed 22 times as Arne had done to his owner. They learn that detectives have found the totem at her friend Jessica’s house, but she is missing. Lorraine then initiates a vision, recreates Katie’s murder, and discovers that a demon is also possessing Jessica.
How did it end?
The ending of The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It sees the couple return to their home. When they return to their house, Drew gives the Stregharian magic book he found to Ed. He also said to inform that to lift the curse, one must destroy the altar where the occultist operates. When they learn that Katie attends nearby Fairfield University, they suspect that Occultists must be around. Lorraine returns to Kastner for help. This is where we get to know that the Occultist is actually Kastner’s daughter. He revealed that he became interested in the occult during his research. Kastner then grants access to the tunnel to Lorraine, where he finds the altar. However, the Occultist found Lorraine first. Ed also arrived there shortly, where the devil possessed him. Under possession, he tries to kill Lorraine.
Lorraine tries and reminds Ed of the first time they met and their love. Ed regained his senses and proceeded to destroy the altar. The occultist arrives at the altar to find everything destroyed. Failing to complete the curse, the demon he summoned ended up killing him. After the whole ordeal, Ed and Lorraine return to their home. They removed the cup from the altar, adding it to their collection of possessed and cursed artifacts. The court found Arne guilty of murder and sent him to prison. However, he only served a five-year sentence. The film ends with Ed showing Lorraine a replica of the gazebo where they first met.
Will There Be a Sequel?
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It ends with a definite conclusion to the story. But that doesn’t mean that will be the end of their paranormal investigation. The film is set in 1981, which means there are still many cases to be explored. Ed who suffers a heart attack in this film may indicate that they are slowing down and resting. However, who says a big case can’t inspire a couple to start another investigation. We’ve seen several evil spirits haunt the Warrens over and over. It was not impossible for the spirit to return again, to take revenge on the couple. Coupled with all of these factors, the lucrative business The Conjuring has done, there’s sure to be more to come. And we certainly can’t wait for more horrors!
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