In just two days, the seventh film of the billion-dollar horror franchise The Conjuring will be in theaters and streaming on HBO Max. The final thriller reveals the fascinating true story of a murder suspect claiming demonic possession as a defense for the first time in U.S. history. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson return as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The film shifts from the real-life couple’s notorious cases of the haunted house to perhaps their darkest case ever in the world of exorcisms.
Chaves actually does choose to open his film with an intense exorcism, whereas most in the genre would close with it. Young David Glatzel (Jullian Hilliard) successfully rids himself of the demon within through the process, but it skips into the boyfriend of David’s sister, Debbie (Sarah Catherine Hook). The boyfriend, Arne Johnson (Ruairi O’Connor), is eventually corrupted enough by the demon to brutally stab his landlord to death. In enters Ed and Lorraine, who determine if Johnson did it on his own, or if the devil made him do it.
Throughout the film, audiences will see the Warrens suffer great hardships from this case. Ed’s health declines drastically and Lorraine’s considerable psychic abilities are fully amped up. The trailer alone previews the genuine fear and nail-biting suspense that have been prevalent throughout the series. The horror continues as the details of the Brookfield Demon Murder case finally make it on the big screen.