The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It Ending Explained (Spoilers)

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It Ending Explained (Spoilers)

Horrorific content by all-horror on June 14th, 2022 | Spoiler | Possession, Cursed, Demon, Haunted House - Cursed, Witchcraft, Hollywood

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The Warrens investigate a murder that may be linked to a demonic possession.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It: Spoilers Below

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

Unlike all the other Conjuring movies based on the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It real-life murder trial inspires it. Arne Johnson killed his landlord in 1981 and defended himself by saying that a demon possessed him. However, the investigation carried out by the Warrens revealed that Johnson's case was connected to another one involving an Occultist. This individual turned out to be human, and her plans were quite chaotic, making her a frightening and unpredictable villain.

Conjuring 3 Antagonist Explained

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is distinct from its predecessors in abandoning the haunted house concept entirely. Instead, the sequel centers its attention on a single villain, an occultist named Isla, the daughter of Father Kastner. Ed and Lorraine initially believed David and Arne to be possessed by a demon, but they discover that Isla cursed them by putting a witch's totem beneath the Glatzel's house. What the Warrens ultimately find is that she needed three people — the child (Jessica), the lover (Arne), and the man of God, which explains why she went after Ed, who attempted to kill Lorraine while under the curse — to commit murders before they die by suicide.

Isla had to kill the victims because she had a deal with a demon and needed to uphold her end of the bargain; if she didn't, her soul would be forfeit. The Occultist had already succeeded with one of the three, Jessica, who had taken the totem back with her from college. Killing her friend Kate by throwing her off a cliff worked for Isla before moving on to the next person. The Occultist targeted the three because of their proximity, not because she had any strong connection to them. Isla's goal was to cause havoc, but the Warrens were able to stop her by destroying the altar and breaking the curse.

Conjuring 3 vs. what Really Happened

The film is inspired by actual life events, specifically the Warrens' case files and the trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson. David's exorcism plays out similarly to what is shown in the film, according to the Warrens' memories. Johnson continues to attack his landlord, claiming he can't remember what happened, and the Warrens are there throughout, talking with the Glatzels, Johnson, and the police. His plea of not guilty because of demonic possession is accurate, as is Johnson's relationship with Debbie and their living arrangements — first at the Glatzel home where David was presumably possessed and then at the property where Debbie and Arne lived together afterward.

However, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It embellishes the story beyond its real constraints regarding the trial. The most significant addition to the story is the Occultist, Isla, who wasn't present and wasn't part of the Johnson case, though she was the primary antagonist of the sequel. The film tells a very different story than what happened after Johnson stabbed Bruno (whose real name was Alan Bono). The film also includes visits to Kastner and his connection to The Occultist, as well as his mysterious past and how she became involved in demonic witchcraft. The Conjuring 3 borrows heavily from actual life events while also using complete fiction to create its horror story.

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