The latest chapter of The Conjuring (a.k.a. one of the greatest horror movie franchises of our time), titled The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, is here and ghost-hunting mum and dad, Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, are back to slay demons in style.
Ahead of the release of the frightening flick, I caught up with the stars via Zoom, which was an absolute treat for me considering I’ve been obsessed with the franchise since the first film was released back in 2013.
As if by ~magic~, The Conjuring has gone from a stand-alone film to a hugely successful franchise but despite the fact that Vera’s character, Lorraine Warren, is psychic, Vera tells me she had no bloody idea that she’d still be portraying the paranormal investigator all these years later.
“This was not the plan, Matt,” Vera tells me. “I thought it was a one off, I really did. I thought it would be an excellent one off, I had a great time doing it. Yes, I knew there were a plethora of cases, but I guess I really didn’t know until it was edited together and I thought, ‘Oh, this is unique. This is something different.”
I then mention the fact that there have also been several spinoffs including The Nun and Annabelle, to which Vera says: “That was outrageous!” with Patrick adding, “They’re still spinning.”
The most terrifying aspect of the third incarnation of The Conjuring is that, much like the other films, it’s based on an actual case, which was an asset to the actors as they were able to do loads of research to see what they’d be portraying.
“I read everything there is on the subject matter, I went down the internet wormhole,” Vera told me. “I took apart little things that’s unique to my character, which in this one was dealing with a darkly intentioned nemesis and occultist, so I read a lot about the occult, I went down that dark path. I read more about different types of cognition, that was a different one to get into, the different types of clairvoyance.”
Patrick then added, “I certainly read all the case stuff that’s out there, I also got some tapes of the exorcisms, and we also have all the Warren’s case material, it was all pretty well documented so we’ve got that as a base.”
Wouldn’t you just love to get your hands on their actual case files? A dream! (Or nightmare, depends on how you look at it).
But the next best thing is actually seeing the spooky as shit flick, which is now in cinemas. Have a peek at the trailer below:
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is in cinemas now.