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‘The Conjuring 3’ is breaking away from “haunted house formula”

The film is likely focusing on the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a legal defense.

March 23, 2020
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The Conjuring‘s third instalment in the series, officially titled The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, is arriving this fall barring any delays related to production issues from coronavirus and they’re revealing it will offer something new to horror fans.

According to screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, the new film is “completely different” from the first two and is “expanding beyond” the typical haunted house movie tropes.

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In a thread where the screenwriter answered fan questions on Twitter, Johnson-McGoldrick gave his response to building the horror franchise into something bigger.

He answered fan questions about Aquaman 2, his favorite moments in horror cinema as well as his feelings about working with The Conjuring 2 crew.

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Most importantly though, he reveals the new Conjuring film will break free from the typical haunted house formula. He answers a question mostly regarding famed horror director James Wan’s upcoming film Malignant saying he wasn’t extensively involved but drops some interesting news about the new Conjuring film.

Wan directed the first two instalments while staying on in a producing role for the series’ spinoffs like Annabelle and The Nun.

The film franchise is based on true events of investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, the latter who died at age 92 last year.

The owners of the home where the film takes place spoke with Sun Journal last summer saying they believed it was actually haunted.

“We had doors opening, footsteps and knocks,” new owner Cory Heinzen explained. “I’ve had a hard time staying there by myself. I don’t have the feeling of anything evil, [but] it’s very busy. You can tell there’s a lot of things going on in the house.”

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“This whole journey has been both scary—for many reasons other than paranormal—and exciting all at once,” Jennifer Heinzen added. “I love that we have the opportunity to share the home with others.”

The third film in the series is still set for release on September 11, 2020, while director Michael Chaves has been hyping fans up for its release.

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will be reprising their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren in the new film.

Production studio New Line Cinema describes the plot which you can read below and it does indeed sound like a break away from a typical haunted house film.

“The Devil Made Me Do It reveals a chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.”

What do you think the new film in The Conjuring series will turn out like? Let us know in the comments below.

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Written by Joe Smith-Engelhardt