The Intro of THE CONJURING 3 Will Twist You Up

*Warning: Mild spoilers below.

Dread Central was thrilled to be invited to Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank last Friday to see the opening 10 minutes of The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. We were joined by the film’s director, Michael Chaves. The Conjuring 3 is his sophomore feature film after having directed The Curse of la Llorona in 2019.

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We were shown everything from the studio logo through the title frame; it was a scenario that felt simultaneously familiar and new. We’re immediately reunited with Ed and Lorraine Warren, played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga respectively. Then we find ourselves in the middle of an exorcism. Things quickly spiral out of control, evolving into a situation. One that feels as exciting and terrifying as the climax of past Conjuring film! What’s different this time, however, is that Ed and Lorraine don’t win the battle.

“The idea with this is that we’re taking the Warrens and The Conjuring franchise in an exciting new direction,” Chaves explains. “With The Conjuring 3, the idea was, ‘Lets’ kick the doors off the haunted house, set them out into the world, and give them a mystery to solve!'”

The film’s opening brings us the exorcism of David Glatzel, played by Julian Hilliard (who horror fans will likely recognize from his appearances in The Color Out of Space and The Haunting of Hill House). We see the young character twisted into knots–literally!

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JULIAN HILLIARD as David Glatzel in New Line Cinema’s horror film THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

“For those scenes, we employed a contortionist named Emerald Wulf who was 12-years-old when we filmed,” Chaves reveals. “There were no special effects added to the movements at all. The only special effect we used was putting Julian’s face on her. All of those contortions were in-camera. She did all of that. She was able to twist her head around into that position. You could make a whole movie about her. She could be her own Cirque du Soleil act!”

(L-R) Josh Millican (Dread Central) and Michael Chaves (Director of THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT) practicing social distancing at Warner Bros. Studios

Check back soon for more of our exclusive visit with Michael Chaves from Warner Bros. Studios! In the meantime, check out the trailer for The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It below!

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.

Are you excited to see The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It when it arrives in theaters beginning June 4th? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican.



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