THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT is now showing in theaters and through July 4th will also be showing on HBO/Max. The movie is supposed to be based on a true story involving a young man on trial for murder and he uses the defense of "demonic possession" to justify his crime.

Not much time is spent in the courtroom. Most of the movie is about Ed and Lorraine Warren, played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, who were hired to film the original exorcism of the killer's younger brother. During that exorcism the devil appears to have jumped out of the little boy and into the body of the older brother, Drew, played by Shannon Kook.

The Warrens discover a curse on the family that has been placed upon them by a group of devil worshipers and most of the film has them trying to chase down the source of the curse so they can remove it.

There's plenty of "go bump in the night" demons crawling out of every nook and cranny in the movie and the demons have the ability to come to life to commit a few murders along the way. The killings in the movie are bloody and gory so if that upsets you you may want to avoid THE CONJURING.

I would have liked to have seen more courtroom drama where the lawyer tried to argue the motive of demonic possession to the judge but instead we only see Drew in prison fighting off the demons who come to possess him. (These are some very mobile demons!)

The movie is rated R for gory violence and has a run time of 1 hour and 52 minutes. The movie has some scary scenes and overall it's mildly entertaining. On my "Hollywood Popcorn Scale" I rate THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT a MEDIUM.

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