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‘The Conjuring 3’; Did The Devil Really Make Him Do It? The True Story Explained!

today27 May 2021


Dubbed as the “darkest Warren case yet”, this third instalment to the hit horror franchise is stepping away from their current haunted house formula and zones in on the murder trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson. The “Devil Made Me Do It” case is the first known case in the United States where demonic possession is used as a defence to a crime. In this case, the crime is the murder of his landlord Alan Bono. Johnson was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in 1981 but was released in 1986 after serving only five years of his 10-20 year sentence. 



Warner Bros. Pictures released a new featurette where Debbie Johnson tells the true story of her husband’s possession and is supplemented by actual newspaper clippings from the Demon Murder Trial. 


Sure, there has been an abundance of horror movies centering on demonic possessions but the Conjuring films in particular, stands out above the rest due to the fact that they are based on true stories. The first Conjuring instalment revolves around a haunted house where nightmarish terrors unfold from a curse. The second one, on the other hand, finds Ed and Lorraine Warren investigating the home of an overwhelmed single mother whose youngest daughter exhibits signs of demonic possession.



The Conjuring Universe expands even further with films like Annabelle, The Nun, and The Curse of La Llorona, where Annabelle already spawned two sequels — Annabelle: Creation and Annabelle Comes Home. The latest offering has the support of both Debbie and Arne Johnson who are involved throughout production.


Looks like viewers are in store for a whole lot of spine-chilling moments come June 4. 


*Cover image via Warner Bros. Pictures

Written by: Farah Qistina

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