‘The Conjuring’ returns to the ‘satanic panic’ of the 1980s

The third installment of the saga “The Conjuring” brings terror back to theaters with a plot that is based on the trial of Arne Johnson, a famous 1981 case in which the defense used “demonic possession” as an argument.

The trial, for a murder in a small town in Connecticut, attracted The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It full movie international media attention and sparked interest in conspiracy theories, which were already fueled by old films such as “The Exorcist” (1973) and “Rosemary’s Baby” ( 1968).

Mass hysteria regarding demonic figures led to the phenomenon becoming known as the “satanic panic” of the 1980s.

“An official guide was even produced on how to deal with satanic crimes or disappearances. It was a different time ”, explained to Efe Michael Chaves, the director of the new film of the horror saga that opens this Friday in theaters and on HBO Max.

Decades later, “The Law Enforcement Guide To Satanic Cults,” a tape distributed to law enforcement for training purposes, maintains its cult status in popular culture.

“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” recovers that time to narrate a supernatural horror plot in which Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return to their roles as investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (a marriage that existed in real life) .

“It is the first film in the saga that is truly based on a crime,” said Chaves.

The horror franchise decided to have the director of “The Curse of La Llorona” (2019) to continue a saga that has raised more than 600 million dollars with its first two installments and that has given rise to derivative projects such as the three tapes of “Annabelle” and “The Nun.”

In addition, this film is one of the first horror projects to be released in theaters since the beginning of the pandemic, a genre that has a loyal audience in theaters.