Rebekah Black reviews “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It”

Rebekah Black reviews "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It"

I didn’t get to attend the screening of The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It but Rebekah Black (my co-host on the Haunted AF podcast) stepped in to cover it. She’s a huge fan of scary movies but she’s also extremely picky and hates bad CGI. We’ll share more thoughts when Episode 3 of the Julie Says So Movie Minute podcast drops on 6/10.

I have to admit, I went into The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It fully expecting it to be a hot pile of garbage. I’ll be damned if it wasn’t the best of all five (or however many there are). 
If you’re a fan of the series, this one essentially gives you all of them rolled into one movie. Even the freaking nun managed to make an appearance (probably not the way you want her to, but she’s there). This based-on-actual-events story of Arne Johnson might even be the inspiration behind every demonic-possession movie that’s come out since he hit the scene. 
If I had to sum up this installment of The Conjuring in one word, it would be intense. It comes out swinging. The first 15 minutes are filled with nonstop action but there’s a decent balance of funny, too. It’s needed to ease all of that crazy! The story does get a little obvious at times and the ending is a bit cheesy. Without giving too much away, there’s a real love-conquers-all vibe (boo!). Another issue (and this is one The Conjuring has struggled with since the beginning) would be the bad special effects and sad makeup. Either get a better team or film with a lower digital quality. And maybe less close-ups on the demons! The crayola-look kinda ruins it. 
Despite these minor issues, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It might be the best of the bunch. It also feels like this one might be the last, so why not go out with a bang? I’m giving this chapter of The Conjuring franchise 8 out of 10 bone crunches. Yes, bone crunches are a prominent sound-effect in the film so if that makes you cringe, you might really struggle with this movie!

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The “Julie Says So” MOVIE MINUTE Podcast (w/ help from HAUNTED AF)

“Ugh…now they’re screaming about movies.”

Rebekah Black and I love working together. It started years ago, during our CBS Radio days. We worked on morning shows for different stations but palled around in the break-room whenever we could. We started covering movies together and the rest is history…sort of.

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Free Passes to “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” from HAUNTED AF!

I love seeing, reviewing and writing about movies but my side-hustle is my guilty pleasure: Ghost stories!
That’s why I started the Haunted AF podcast with my friend Rebekah Black, who also loves a good scary story. We just started Season 2 and have had terrifying TRUE tales, from ghostly voices inside the Lizzy Borden house to what might be actual ghost photos. It’s not all chills though, like this story about a ghost ape who’s really into self-pleasure.
Please subscribe to our podcast at Hauntedaf.com and grab some passes to see Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark while you’re there. Then check out the trailer below. Dang…this looks way scarier than that nasty monkey story!

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Introducing the “Haunted AF” Podcast: Do You Like Scary Stories?

If you know me personally, you know that I love a good ghost story. I love hearing them and telling them and once I get started, you can forget about getting anything else done for the day. This is why I started the Haunted AF podcast with my friend Rebekah Black, who is also more than a little obsessed with scary stories. We won’t be creeping into haunted houses or ghost hunting on our own (not yet at least), but each episode features stories from people who’ve experienced something they simply can’t explain. We started in March with three episodes, and have been adding more weekly. You can find the Haunted AF podcast on iTunes and Spotify (please subscribe and give us a quick review!) but I thought I’d share them right here as well, to get you started (make sure you start at Episode 1). Hope you enjoy it and please let us know if you have a scary story of your own at hauntedafpodcast@gmail.com!