No Past Villains in THE CONJURING 3–And No Happy Ending

Sorry, Annabelle! Director Michael Chaves says there aren't any past CONJURING villains in THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT.

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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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I was lucky enough to spend the best part of an hour chatting with Chaves about what horror fans can expect to see when The Conjuring 3 arrives in theaters on June 4th. We also discussed what they won’t be seeing, namely the likes of Annabelle and Valak.

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(L-R) Patrick Wilson, Director Michael Chaves, and Vera Farmiga on the set of New Line Cinema’s horror film THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. 
Photo by Ben Rothstein

“It’s going to be like Avengers: Endgame! Everyone’s in it,” Chaves teased. “We’re bringing back Bathsheba and… no. Unfortunately–or perhaps I should say ‘Fortunately’.”

He went on to explain why a franchise that features frequent crossover cameos shied away from them in The Conjuring 3. “The Warrens are up against something they’ve never faced before, so that’s part of it. In this case, it just didn’t seem appropriate.”

Chaves elaborated on what makes The Devil Made Me Do It unique in The Conjuring Universe.

“Up until this point, there’s never really been a victim in a Conjuring movie. There are these stories, haunted house stories, where Ed and Lorraine Warren walk away victoriously. This time there’s a real victim. Because it’s a different case in so many ways, I’m working with the idea that sometimes, it doesn’t work out alright. Like this past year—some things go horribly wrong. Trying to find the light in that and navigating these kinds of stories is important. There’s not always a happy ending.”

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(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!

Synopsis:
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.

Chaves directs The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It from a screenplay penned by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick; the film stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, and Julian Hilliard. Look for it in theaters beginning June 4th.

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Are you excited to see The Conjuring 3: 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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