Warner Bros has dropped the trailer for The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, the third instalment of the spine-tingling franchise based on the exploits of real-life married couple and paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga).
This time, the Warrens are called upon to weigh in on the real-life case of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, who used demonic possession as a defence against a murder charge.
“The court accepts the existence of God every time a witness swears to tell the truth,” says Ed in the trailer. “It’s about time they accept the existence of the Devil.”
The threequel — hyped as the final entry in the main series — is directed by The Curse of La Llorona's Michael Chaves, who took over the reins from original director James Wan, now handling producing duties.
Speaking to IGN recently, Chaves said: “In a lot of ways, this is the biggest Conjuring movie. I showed the final cut to Vera [Farmiga] and her husband and they agreed, and they were like, ‘This is the darkest Conjuring movie.’
“It digs into some really dark material. This is definitely a case where there’s real consequence, there’s real victims.”
Chaves also shared how he and Wan decided to take the movie in a different direction: “One of the things that James and I connected on while making The Curse of La Llorona was sharing a lot of the same favourite movies, and one of them is Se7en.
“We both love that movie, and so when he came to me with this script, he basically was like, ‘It's Se7en, but in the Conjuring universe.’ And he knew that was like catnip for me.”
He continued: “This is really taking the Warrens into uncharted places. Being a fan of the franchise, I was honestly really nervous at first breaking with a lot of things that are tradition, but I think that what we’ve done is really woven the language and the things that you do want from a Conjuring film — the scares, the Warrens, their relationship — and [pushed them] to the limits in this really fresh and exciting new direction.”
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It opens in cinemas July 1.